Simien Mountains

 

The Simien Mountains, its biggest and most spectacular mountain range, are located in northern Ethiopia.

The Simien National Park, intended to protect the mountains, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Environmental concerns have given it a red [at risk] status.)

The Simien mountains consist of plateaus separated by valleys and rising to dramatic pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen at 14,930 ft (4,550 m), and the entire range is one of the few spots in Africa where snow regularly falls.

The park is home to a number of endangered species, including the Ethiopian wolf and the walia ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world.

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Walya lodge

Walya lodge offers pet-friendly accommodation in Debarkʼ. Simien Mountains National Park Office is 1.5 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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Goha Hotel

Goha Hotel offers accommodation situated on a hill and offering panoramic views of the city of Gonder. The property boasts an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi in the public areas. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

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AG Hotel Gondar

Featuring free WiFi within the rooms, AG Hotel Gondar offers accommodation in Gonder, 450 metres from Tourist Info Centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Featuring a view, every room also comes with a seating area and TV. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

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Florida International Hotel

Located in Gonder, Florida International Hotel features a swimming pool, air conditioning, free Wifi throughout and free private parking on-site. The property also features a spa, a wellness centre and a sauna. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$61

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Mayleko Lodge

Featuring free WiFi, Mayleko Lodge is located in Gonder, 13 km from Kuskuam Palatial stone complex Second castle. Fasilida's Bath is 13 km away. The accommodation comes with a seating area. Towels are featured. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Gemad Guest House

Gemad Guest House

Located in Mekʼelē, 1.2 km from The Hawetti Marter Memorial Monument, Gemad Guest House features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some units include views of the garden or city. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$13

$13-
Walya lodge

Walya lodge

Walya lodge offers pet-friendly accommodation in Debarkʼ. Simien Mountains National Park Office is 1.5 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Giant Lobelia Hotel

Giant Lobelia Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Giant Lobelia Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Debark’. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a TV. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Nigatu Hotel

Nigatu Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Nigatu Hotel offers accommodation in Gonder. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a TV. Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Atse Yohannes Hotel

Atse Yohannes Hotel

Offering a terrace and spa centre, Atse Yohannes Hotel is situated in Mekʼelē, 300 metres from ETT Tours (Mekele). The hotel has a sauna and hammam, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Jantekel Hotel

Jantekel Hotel

Jantekel Hotel is located 5.3 km from Fasil Ghebbi and offers accommodation in Gonder. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and the property features a terrace for relaxing. Rooms have a view and include a TV and minibar. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
AG Hotel Gondar

AG Hotel Gondar

Featuring free WiFi within the rooms, AG Hotel Gondar offers accommodation in Gonder, 450 metres from Tourist Info Centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Featuring a view, every room also comes with a seating area and TV. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Negisha Hotel

Negisha Hotel

Situated in Āksum, a few steps from Tourist Info Centre, Negisha Hotel features a sun terrace and views of the garden. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms have a TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Lodge du Chateau

Lodge du Chateau

Featuring free WiFi, Lodge du Chateau offers accommodation in Gonder, 100 metres from Messih-Seghed Befakas Castle. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Mayleko Lodge

Mayleko Lodge

Featuring free WiFi, Mayleko Lodge is located in Gonder, 13 km from Kuskuam Palatial stone complex Second castle. Fasilida's Bath is 13 km away. The accommodation comes with a seating area. Towels are featured. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Sabean International Hotel

Sabean International Hotel

Located in Āksum, 1 km from St Mary's Hospital, Sabean International Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Gondar Guest House

Gondar Guest House

Gondar Guest House offers pet-friendly accommodation in Gonder. Free private parking is available on site. You will find a coffee machine in the room. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Florida International Hotel

Florida International Hotel

Located in Gonder, Florida International Hotel features a swimming pool, air conditioning, free Wifi throughout and free private parking on-site. The property also features a spa, a wellness centre and a sauna. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$61

$61-
Asimba Guest House

Asimba Guest House

Situated 1 km from Mekelle University in Mekʼelē, Asimba Guest House features free WiFi access and free private parking. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. A balcony or patio are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$68

$68-
Goha Hotel

Goha Hotel

Goha Hotel offers accommodation situated on a hill and offering panoramic views of the city of Gonder. The property boasts an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi in the public areas. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-

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Natural
Alpine Mountains
The Semien Mountains are part of the Ethiopian Highlands. While they are alpine, in the sense of elevation, they are tropical alpine. Natural erosion on the Ethiopian plateau over millennia has created a spectacular landscape, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m.
Hiking and Trekking
Most visitors to the Simien National Park visit with the intention of hiking through the spectacular mountain scenery. Hikes can be arranged at the park headquarters in Debark. On top of a basic park entry fee, guides, scouts, mules, equipment and food can be arranged (though for greater culinary variety, most people stock up in Gonder/Aksum).

Despite the ruggedness and altitude of the mountains, they are dotted with villages linked by tracks. The park is also home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Ethiopian wolf, and the walia ibex.
Wildlife and Plants
Among the megafauna are the Simien Wolf is the world's rarest canid and can be found in the mountains. The Gelada Baboon is indigenous and is a common sight on hikes. The rare Walia Ibex can be found in higher parts of the range. More than 50 species of birds inhabit the park, including the impressive bearded vulture, or lammergeier, with its 10-foot (3m) wingspan.
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