The Simen Mountains National Park (SMNP) in northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe.
Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 metres, covered with grasses, isolated trees (Erica Arborea) and the bizarre giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) are found on the high plateau that ends abruptly at 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments.
The margins of this high plateau consist of precipitous cliffs and deep, canyon-style gorges. In some places, the escarpment forms small elevations that offer splendid natal lookout points. The spectacular views from the observation points at Gidir Got and lmet Gogo in the centre of the park offer unparalleled panoramas along the high plateau and down to the lowland areas. Given the right meteorological conditions. views reaching up to a hundred kilometres over the valleys and the terraces of the Tekeze lowland basin are no exception.
The best time to trek is from September to November, when it's dry, green, and relatively dust-free. October, in particular, can be spectacular because this is when the mountain wildflowers are in full bloom.