Trekking in Simien Mountains
Situated about 100kms north of Gondar the Semein Mountains is one of Africa’s largest ranges studded with at least a dozen peaks topping 4000m mark and hence Ethiopia is also called the “Roof of Africa”. This includes Ras Dashen (Dejen) the highest peak in Ethiopia and the fourth highest in Africa. The western side of the range excluding Ras Dashen was designated as the Simien mountain National park in 1969 and the entire range was listed as a UNESCO World heritage site in 1979.
The mountain range’s impressive scenery, its series of dramatic cliffs and escarpments, the beautiful alpine meadows and rugged wilderness of the high peak areas make the Simien a remarkable area for trekking. The unique geological feature of simien is described by Rosita Forbes, who traveled there in 1925 as “The most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscape….” Habitats include Afro Alpine and three of Ethiopia’s endemic large mammals: Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboons and Ethiopian wolf are resident in the Simiens. It is also known for varieties of bird species including lammergeyer (bone breaker)
Trekking in Bale Mountains
Bale Mountains are of a relatively ancient volcanic origin having formed from solidified lava more than 10 millions years ago. The national park protects the higher reaches of the Bale range including mount Tullu Demtu which at 4377m is the second highest point in Ethiopia. Bale Mountains National Park is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend in to deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below.
As you ascend into the mountains you will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude, from Juniper to heather moorlands and alpine meadows, which at various times of year exhibit an abundance of colorful wildflowers. Bale Mountains National Park is the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It gives you opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and easy opportunities of exploring of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, birds and plants Trekking and Camping
Part of the park can be explored by driving. A more satisfactory way to explore the park is again by foot or mule organized from Dinsho Park Head Quarter. The parks main attractions include wild alpine scenery, various species of Fauna and flora. The relative ease with which one can explore many endemic species of birds and big mammals such as Ethiopian wolves and mountain Nyala makes Bale one of our popular destinations for hikers and trekkers.
We encourage trekking & camping in local community based eco-Tourism sites such as Tesfa community in Lalibela and Adaba-Dodola region. These kind of local projects help in contributing to poverty reduction by generating alternative income and local employment for the local population. Moreover, it is adding value to the forest conservation efforts and maintaining local cultures of local communities and increasing awareness of the people about the importance of the forest resource.