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Situated within the National Park, Simien Lodge offers accommodation in thatched tukel roundhouses built in traditional style. Gelada baboons are regular visitors and over 80 bird species have been recorded in the surrounding area.

Sitting at an altitude of 3,260 metres, it is the highest lodge in Africa. Constructed using local materials, each tukel (the Ethiopian name for a house) consists of two rooms, with a bathroom (shower), sheltered bacony and tiled floors which are gently heated by solar power - useful for chilly evenings in the mountains. There is a spacious restaurant with a log fire, where international and Ethiopian cuisine is served, and a bar - the highest place to buy a drink in Africa!

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Ethiopian Wildlife Extravaganza

This wonderful introduction to Ethiopia takes you to each of the country’s major cultural highlights and provides you with the chance to see superb wildlife, such as gelada baboon, Menelik’s bushbuck, mountain nyala and one of the world’s rarest mammals - the Ethiopian wolf - all in stunning scenery.

  • When to go: Jan-Jul, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wolves & Baboons of Ethiopia Highlands

Ethiopia offers wonderful biodiversity and is home to some charismatic wildlife species. This suggested itinerary begins in the picturesque Simien Mountains where you can see gelada baboons in close proximity, before travelling to the spectacular Bale Mountains, to look for Ethiopian wolf and walia ibex.

  • When to go: Jan-Jul, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Simien Mountains

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Simien Mountains are a place of dramatic scenery. Their rugged landscape was formed over a 3,000 year erosion period of basalt lava, and despite their altitude they sustain a fascinating range of mammals and birdlife, alongside isolated nomadic and rural communities.

  • Where: Amhara Region
  • Ideal for viewing: caracal, Ethiopian wolf, gelada baboon, lammergeier, walia ibex
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris