Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Senior travel and product specialist
"Ethiopia offers a very different wildlife experience: it is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Swayne's hartebeest, all of which number only some 500 individuals. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized Bale monkey."

Simien Mountains Holidays

The Simien Mountains National Park is one of Ethiopia's many UNESCO World Heritage Site and presents some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. Great volcanic plugs, formed 40 million years ago, have been eroded into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains. These 'chess pieces of the gods' tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and vast plains. There are many peaks over 4000 metres. Ras Dashen, at 4620m, is the highest and the fourth highest in Africa.

The Simiens are home to the endemic Gelada or bleeding- heart monkey, Klipspringer, Rock hyrax, the endangered and range restricted Wahlia ibex and endemic birds like Thick-billed Raven, Black-headed Siskin, White-collared Pigeon, Wattled Ibis, White-billed Starling, Spot-breasted lapwing and White-backed Black tit. Lammergeyers, Ruppell's griffons and Egyptian vultures are seen soaring overhead. There is also a population of the gravely endangered Ethiopian wolf (approx 100 in May 2016) in these mountains but they are difficult to see.

This park is praised for its Afro-Alpine flora, with meadows and grasslands punctuated by Giant Lobelia and flowering Red-hot Pokers.

Mules, muleteers, park permits, guides and provisions for expeditions are arranged in the access town of Debrak, about 100 km from Gondar.

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Classic Ethiopia Historical Tour
  • Culture & History
From £2880 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Discover Ethiopia's most spectacular sites of historical and cultural significance on this private guided individual tour.
Ethiopia Wildlife & General Natural History individual Tour
  • Adventure
  • Responsible
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £4295 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Travel to some of Ethiopia's most rewarding wildlife hotspots to seek iconic species such as the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada or 'bleeding-heart' monkeys, Mountain Nyala, Swayne's hartebeest and a plethora of endemic birds in stunning surrounds.
Discover Ethiopia 16-day Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £4715 per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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This extensive private tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts who also want to be immersed in Ethiopia's culture and famous historical attractions.
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