Nature & Parks in Amhara Region

THE 10 BEST Parks & Nature Attractions in Amhara Region

Nature & Parks in Amhara Region

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  • Kris L
    Santa Cruz, Bolivia4 contributions
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    Beautiful park with plenty of spectacular viewpoints. Most certainly one of the best places in Africa for an unparalleled mountain experiece.
    Written 14 July 2024
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  • Yotor Adventurer
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia429 contributions
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    It’s my home and always have a visit every week inviting my friends. And love taking bunches of pictures. If you have any thing that you want to do please feel free to send me a message.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Ato Dawit
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia306 contributions
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    It was perfect season coupled with high rain. The Tis Ababa is special and spectacular place in Ethiopia and in Africa.
    Written 27 October 2020
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  • Margie G
    Nairobi, Kenya38 contributions
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    A second visit to Lalibela and I decided to venture into the mountains for a 3 day hike to the summit of Abune Yosef which is Ethiopia 4th highest mountain.

    I was staying at the Blue Nile Guest Lodge as recommended by my guide which is right in town. So my hike started right from my hotel.

    It was in October hence the surroundings were green and lush. It was very beautiful. The landscapes were a sight to behold, many hills and valleys. We also met many locals who were working in their farms or heading to the town and kids going to school. The kids were very friendly, saying hi and asking for writing pens. It might be useful to carry some with you as they are not bulky or heavy.

    The hike itself was moderate, we covered 50kms over the 3 days and a total elevation gain of around 2,200m. So no prior hiking experience required, just general fitness. The nights were a little chilly, so pack warmly for the evenings.

    We used a homestay as most mountain guest lodges had been closed due to covid (reduced tourists). Our host was a very friendly lady and her family. We ate and drank the same meals as the family and it was great.

    Of concern though is the open toilet situation that I found at the homestay. It may be good to ask the guide to put you up where there are established toilets as it's not common practice.

    You can also choose to include Asheton Maryam hike in the itinerary. If pressed on time you can do day trips to a view point or driver closer to the summit and hike up the summit, a 700m scramble from the road.

    I had two guides, Alex and Samuel. Very friendly guys who really were kind enough to laugh at my silly jokes and participate in fitness regimens in the wild that I was doing.

    I strongly recommend them when heading to Lalibela for the churches or the hikes.

    You can reach Alex on WhatsApp on +251912840048
    Written 10 November 2022
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  • TMR1004
    Valley Forge, PA391 contributions
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    1. Introduction
    Mt. Bwahit (or Buahit) is the third highest mountain in Ethiopia and the thirteenth highest in Africa. It lies in the Simien Mountains, a world heritage site. It is separated from Ras Dashen, Ethiopia’s highest mountain, by 10 miles and a gorge of over 5,000 ft. The scenery is stunning, as are the views from the summit. I had trouble getting good information before this hike so I thought I would write this review in the hope that it might help others enjoy this incredible experience.

    2. Trailhead
    There are numerous places where you can start the climb of Mt. Bwahit because there is a road that goes directly from Debark to Bwahit Pass. You could start anywhere along the road. That being said, most people start from Chenneck Camp, which I did also, and this review is about the route that I used. It is about a 1 ½ hour drive from Gondar to Debark and about an additional 2 hours to drive from the park office in Debark to either Inameda or Chenneck Camp.

    3. Information Sources
    1) Map – Simien Mountains, Ethiopia. Produced by the University of Berne. An
    excellent topo map showing most of the major trails in the Simien Mountains.
    2) Agere Tesfu – my guide for Mt. Bwahit and Ras Dashen. He is a top notch,
    highly experienced Simien Mtn. guide who can answer all of your specific
    questions and help you plan the trip that is best for you. His contact information
    is:
    Email: ageretesfu@gmail.com
    Phone (whatsapp): 0920193081

    4. Level of difficulty
    Climbing from Chenneck Camp to the summit of Bwahit and returning is a moderately difficult hike. The distance (one way) is about 3 miles and you will climb 2,700 vt. ft. What will make this harder than it sounds is the altitude. That being said, with the proper pace, this hike is appropriate for anyone who is acclimated and in reasonably good hiking condition.

    5. Best time of year
    The rainy season is July through mid-September. Most people prefer to hike in late September through December because the weather is generally good, everything is green and the flowers abundant. January through June also have good weather, but there is less greenery/color, etc.

    6. Options
    Almost unlimited. If you buy the map, you will see that Mt. Bwahit can be climbed from several directions and that there are multiple potential “starting points”. I would recommend hiring a good guide, like Agere, and discussing the options, along with your level of experience and fitness, with him. Then, the two of you can plan the itinerary that is best for you.

    7. Guides/Permits, etc.
    All hikes in the Simien Mtns. must be arranged through the park office in Debark. A guide is optional, but a park scout is mandatory. One will be assigned to you. He will accompany you through your entire trip. I would also highly recommend using a guide. A good guide will help you plan your trip, handle the logistics, hire other staff (cook, muleteer, etc.) and provide a wealth of practical and interesting information about the Simien Mountains, the people who live there, flora and fauna, etc. Agere did all of this and was a pleasure to hike with and spend time with. One caveat. Take the time to find the right guide for you. We only saw a few other guides on the mountain and most seemed fairly good, but one was definitely not. I spoke with his three clients and they were very disappointed with their trip. A bad guide can make all the difference in the world, changing what would have been a wonderful experience into a painful regret.

    8. Trail distances
    About 3 miles (one way) from Chenneck Camp to the Summit.

    9. Elevations
    Chenneck Camp 11,800 ft.
    Mt. Bwahit Summit 14,555 ft.

    10. Vertical Elevations
    You will ascend 2,755 vt. ft. to the summit of Mt. Bwahit. There are no ups and downs on this climb, just straight up.

    11. Trail description
    Leaving Chenneck Camp, you will be on single track trails most of the way, but will also walk sections on the dirt road toward Bwahit Pass. While you are hiking on this road, the trail to Ras Dashen will break off to your left. You will continue on the road for another 10 minutes or so until the trail to Mt. Bwahit breaks off to your left. The trail is rocky and is steep in a few places. This, along with the altitude, will make the climb take longer than you might think.

    12. Water along trail
    There is no water along the trail. Carry what you need. 1 ½ liters was sufficient for me.

    13. What to bring
    If you start early, it can be fairly cold, but you will quickly warm up as you climb. So bring layers that you can easily adjust, as necessary. Toward the summit, it can get cold again, especially if it is windy. Also, there is a lot of sun exposure. Make sure you bring lotion, hat with a brim, sunglasses, etc. I also brought light weight long pants and long sleeve shirt, which worked very well for me.

    14. Altitude
    Do not underestimate the effects of altitude. If you live at sea level like I do, try to spend a few days in either Addis or Gondar (7,000 – 8,000 ft.) to start to acclimate. I also hiked the last 3-4 hours along the road to Chenneck Camp and camped there the night before the Bwahit climb. I believe that acclimating made the climb much easier and enjoyable for me.

    15. Time estimates
    This is always a difficult thing to say, due to differences in fitness, trail and weather conditions, pack weight, how often you stop to take pictures and breaks, and of course, how well you are acclimated to the elevation. That being said, most people take 2 – 3 ½ hours to climb from Chenneck Camp to the summit of Bwahit and about 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours to descend back to Chenneck Camp.

    16. Conclusion
    Hiking Mt. Bwahit and Ras Dashen were the highlights of the time I spent in Ethiopia. I hope that you enjoy this adventure as much as I did. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
    Written 13 March 2019
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  • Chrisbeeoxford
    Oxford, UK571 contributions
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    There are serviced round houses to stay in but they were not visited. The "resort" is simple with a huge fig tree to provide shade over the terrace and cafe eating area. The filleted fish was caught in the lake in the morning and battered and fried to make a perfect lunch. Never eaten fish so fresh and delicious; it beat whitebait in a French riverside cafe.
    One can walk round the lake and venture up a track watching for birds such as Lovebirds, Green Pigeon, Stork, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Marabou, Hamerkop, Shrike, Cordon Bleu and many others. Just siting admiring the deepest lake in Ethiopia and its setting in the shade is peaceful and special. I watched and spoke with the local fishermen gutting and preparing the small fish for sale. So did the Marabou.
    Written 3 March 2018
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  • K B
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    Mesganaw is an amazing guide! He is not only 100% acknowledgeable and experienced in his job, he also is a great person to be with. He is very Generous, I was overflown, and I realised I have really met him, he offers so much more than just beautiful explanations of the background, his presence complements it to make a complete experience that still resonates... Thank you!
    Written 4 July 2019
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  • Milka L
    Belgrade, Serbia37 contributions
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    We stayed in Limalimo lodge in Semien mountains January 2023. It was extraordinary experience, the luxury place with the best view ever and such a delicious food.
    The manager of this lodge recommended us Mitiku
    Guide for exploring the Mountains.
    Mitiku is so professional and enthusiastic person , joyful and easygoing and thanks to Mitiku we did great. We saw such a lot of Simien mountains . Thanks to our giude Mitiku , we enjoyed trekking and we were trekking the steep parts of Semien mountains where I I taught it is impossible.
    Brilliant Mitiku and brilliant Simien Mountains National park are so uniq and beautiful that we are thinking of coming back .
    Written 7 February 2023
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