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Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy Africa Travel 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, globally. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized, furtive 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. Pack a pair of binoculars - these will enhance chances of seeing wildlife. 

This park is praised for its Afro-Alpine flora, with meadows and grasslands punctuated by Giant Lobelia and flowering Red-hot Pokers. (Best time to visit is from September onwards, after the rainy season). 

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 History Tour
  • Culture & History
From £3750 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.
Discover Ethiopia 15-day Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £5455 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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This private tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts who also want to be immersed in Ethiopia's fascinating cultural and historical attractions.
Unusual and Endemic Wildlife of Ethiopia
  • Wildlife
From £4800 per person
12 day holiday
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Experience some of Ethiopia's top wildlife hotspots for its iconic endemic species such as Ethiopian wolf, Wahlia ibex, Gelada Baboon, Mountain Nyala and a plethora of birdlife in stunning surrounds.
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