7 Days from$2663 p/p in USD
DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
An exquisite Ethiopian mountain safari that sees you trekking through the Simien Mountains National Park, rewarding you with some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of this rugged country. Make your way through the vast expanse of untouched wilderness as you trek up the highest peak in the country surrounded by stunning rock formations. Enjoy game sightings of the famous Gelada baboons among various other mountain wildlife and discover the rich culture of an ancient empire dating back to the 12th century. An amazing adventure filled with exceptional scenery, relics of the past and a taste of Ethiopian culture and hospitality.
Safari types:Camping Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Simien Mountains NP, Gondar, Sankaber
Wildlife:Birds, Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada Baboon, Klipspringer, Walia Ibex
Activities:Walking Safari, Trekking, Village Visit, Cultural Experience
Getting around:Domestic Flight, 4x4 Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Addis Ababa
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,663 per person, based on 2 people travelling
- From USD 2,663 per person (2 pax)
- From USD 2,102 per person (3 pax)
- From USD 1,822 per person (4 pax)
- From USD 1,654 per person (5 pax)
- From USD 1,621 per person (6 pax)
- USD 1,529 per person (7 pax)
- Return domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Gondar if your international flight is with Ethiopian Airlines (if another airline was used, there will be an extra charge of USD 285)
- Private ground transport in air-conditioned transfer vehicle
- Professional English speaking guide
- Pick-up & drop-off airport transfers
- All camping equipment, meals & cook
- Mule & muleteer to help with luggage
- Park entrance & scout fees
- International flights & visas
- Accommodation on the final day
- Medical & travel insurance
- Personal expenses & tips
- Alcoholic beverages
- FOC leader
Day by Day Overview
You will arrive in Addis Ababa and catch your connecting flight to Gondar. You will then drive to Debark where you will meet the team that will accompany you on the trek. You will then be dropped off at Buyit Ras and begin a 3-4 hour hike to Sankaber, passing the escarpment edge. Enjoy beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge where you are likely to see the Gelada baboons.
Overnight camping in Sankaber
The trek begins with a gentle climb, making your way through the Erica heather that hangs on the white lichen and moss. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident klipspringers that inhabit the area. After 2-3 hours, you will reach a viewpoint that offers views of the impressive seasonal Jinibar waterfall. Climb a fairly steep trail for an hour before reaching the Jinbar valley and then descend to the Jinbar River at an altitude of 3,190m. Enjoy a picnic lunch among the majestic scenery that surrounds you while keeping an eye out for the rare lammergeyer bearded vulture. After lunch you will gradually ascend for 2-3 hours until you reach the Gich Village, a traditional Muslim community. After the village, the trail then winds its way into the moorland where you can see the highland flora before arriving at Gich camp.
Overnight camping in Gich: elevation 3,250m – 3,600m & 5/6 hours
Today you will hike along one of the most scenic trails in the park that takes you to a spectacular viewpoint, offering views of the canyon below that was formed between 60-70 million years ago. First you will have a gentle climb to the viewpoint and with some luck, you may see the iconic Ethiopian wolf. While sitting amongst the rocks at Imeg Gogo, you will be able to see Ras Dejen in the distance. Later you will hike for an hour through the afroalpine meadow that takes you to the Lobelia Valley, home to thousands of these giant plants. The trail then brings you to the second viewpoint at Saha, offering stunning views of the dramatic gorge and rock towers. Here you can enjoy some lunch before the final ascent to last viewpoint of the day, Kedadit. You will then make your way back down to your campsite in Gich for the evening.
Overnight camping in Gich: elevation 3,250m – 3,926m – 3,250m & 4/5 hours
The trek begins by ascending through the afroalpine meadows before descending to Imet Gogo, offering amazing views of the gorge below. The trail then winds along to its lowest point before climbing back to the Inateye Peak, meaning beloved mother in Amharic. Ascend fairly steeply at first before a more gradual climb to the highest point for the day. You will have outstanding views of the surrounding landscapes while sitting at the peak that is also an excellent place to see some of the birds, particularly raptors. Enjoy views of the Imet Gogo summit, Bwhait pass and the surrounding escarpment and mountains. After a brief rest and lunch, you will begin your descent to your camp for the evening. A brief stop along the way at Kurbetemetaya where you can hope to see your first sighting of the Walia ibex.
Overnight stay at camp Chennek: elevation 3,250m – 4,070m – 3,600m & 7/8 hours
Today you will enjoy a relatively slower hike that first takes you up the second highest peak in the Simien mountains, the Buwahit Peak, and offering you amazing views. You can expect to see some beautiful sightings of Ethiopia’s Walia ibex and later you will climb up the highest peak in Ethiopia, the Ras-Dejen before making your way back down to Chennek camp for the evening.
Overnight stay at camp Chennek: elevation 3,600m – 4,543m – 3,600m
Today you will drive back to Gondar and after some lunch, you will be able to visit the first capital city of Ethiopia, under the reign of Fasilides. There are a dozen castles in the city, built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. You will visit Fasiladas’ Palace, the oldest and most impressive of the castles in the area. Later you can visit the Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity) church with its interior decorated by beautiful frescos, cherubs and paintings. Debre Berhan Selassie is rumored to have once been the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632. After a full day, make your way to your hotel for the evening.
Overnight at Goha Hotel/similar
Depending on your departure time, we can arrange a guided shopping trip in Addis Ababa for the chance to buy some Ethiopian souvenirs before you fly home. Later you will be dropped off at the airport, marking the end of your safari.