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“Excellent Trip, give yourself a few days to really enjoy”

Simien Mountains National Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Gonder
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Simien Mountains National Park, in northern Ethiopia is a spectacular landscape, where massive erosion over millions of years has created jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world, the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf.
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We found this trip to be the highlight of the hoilday. We went hiking for 3 days in the mountains, camping for the nights that we were staying in the Park. We got Sammy Kasaw to arrange our trip for us (tents, ranger, guide, food etc) and found it very good.
I would advise going for a few days as there is a lot to see and it also takes a few hours to get there from Gondar. If you try and see it in one day you will not get to see much of the scenery or the wildlife. Our cooks were very good, even though it was easter week and they were fasting themselves, they kept us well fed.
It does get quite high up at parts so while its not very difficult in terms of hiking terrain, the height can cause some issues if you are not used to it.
All in all definitely go if you are in the area, give yourself a few days for it, get a good guide to set you up with tents/accom/food/travel etc. and enjoy one of the most picturesque hikes you'll see in Africa.
As an aside, our guide was excellent and I would highly recommend him if you are looking for someone to take a trip with. You'll find him at hikeethiopia.com, Sammy. Very knowledgable and friendly, just tell him Conor from Ireland sent you on :)

Thank captinconor
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

I went for a short stay in the Simien area, just two days. Through Couchsurfing I managed to find a very awesome guy and a now a good friend, Dave Yohannes. He invited me to stay with his family in the town of Debark. They gave me a bed, fed me and were extremely kind to me and treated me almost as family. The local villagers were also incredibly welcoming and kind, I went for a tour around the town with a few locals, they showed me the vegetable gardens, and all kinds of other things.

Dave even took me for a little hike up to the edge of the Simien Park, where we looked across a vast mystical landscape from a high escarpment not far from Debark. I was also lucky enough to see a group of several hundred monkeys eating the grass that had quickly grown up after heavy rainfall.

Truly amazing experience in all!

I recommend Dave Yohannes and his family to anyone going to Simien Mountains, he is the nicest guy you will ever meet, very genuine and extremely kind.

and the number is +251913633690

Thank EnglishMichelinGuy
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Limolima Lodge a must. Worth every penny and the staff can arrange walking directly from the Lodge. Great food and service, wonderful ,simple and very classy rooms .This Echo lodge ranks among the World's top 10 locations to stay. The views and location are second to none

Thank ed162
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

I had 2 day trek up to Ras Bawit, and enjoyed amazing scenery and wildlife. The scout and the cook went with me are also really nice, even we can not communicate.

However, it was mixing feeling as i got cheated by the organizing guy. He is Fenta (xxxxxx5912) Have been living and traveling in the East africa in the last 3 years and many other countries, it is my worst experience ever, sadly to say that but i just want others to be careful. I met him through another guy from bus station. After some back and forth talks, my previous group was delayed, then i agreed to take to 2 day trip with him, then series of lies began. I just picked the main ones:

- He said no public buses in the park, but there are many (my fault here)
- In the morning, the driver Alex came to pick me, and he just took money and left
- On the way to the park, we picked David who handled at the park office just to pay park fees, and picked the scout. And David told me we will do short trek and come back the same day. Then we had to call Fenta to clarify and let him talk with David, i felt something wrong here and asked him to bring me back, and refund me, but finally they said that is ok and follow the plan we agreed of 2 days
- They dropped me and the scout at Sankebar camp and said tomorrow will come back to pick me and another group from the top Ras Bawit
- We met the cook there, then the cook and scout were shouting and quarrying each other as they did not know what do to with me, and both of them do not speak english. Then another guy came and helped us to translate. So i went with the scout and the cook went with the bus to Chennek camp first to prepare dinner for us.
- I and the scout reached the camp in late afternoon. I tried to find a group of Fenta, as we agreed that i would join group of 3 or 4 other guys who already did 3 days of the 4 day trekk, and a tour guide at Chennek. But no any group like that there.
- And i was told by the scout that if i want to continue the next day i have to pay everything: lodge, scout, cook, park fee, transport back, as they just paid for me 1 day trip. I really do not understand what is happening, and every time i have to find another person who can translate for us. And it seems both the scout and the cook are not aware about this, and they are also the victims.
- When i summited and went back to the camp, and asked the cook try to call David or Fenta for transport back, but both of them turned off the phone.
- We tried to catch the bus (long bus or truck, with price for foreigner is 1000 or 700). Then the cook got us a free ride from a driver whom he knew. But after 10 minutes ride, the brake was broken, and luckily the truck crashed off the mountain, and we almost fallen down from steep cliff. We had to caught another local bus...

I was really frustrated and did not want to talk to him at all, and off course he turned off phone when i called. Then i texted him about those facts to see at least how he explained, he replied that there is one person sick in that group and they returned. Including he paid for me 3 days for everything. And we never talked about 3 days at all...

Their country is full of rich culture, long history, sight seeings and amazing people. These greedy practices just simply destroy their images. I hope they will be aware about this and tourist could also avoid such things.

7  Thank justme0028
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

The Simiens is a highlight of Ethiopia. We did a 4 day tour, and saw some amazing scenery and wildlife. Tesh was our tour guide and he and his crew did a great job with the camp set up and food. Day 3 was definitely the highlight as far as the hiking and scenery - a strenuous and satisfying day hiking the ridges.

Thank jrdc2017
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