Ethiopia, Simien

Ethiopia is a landlocked and largely mountainous country in the northeastern Horn of Africa. The Great Rift Valley runs right across from the northeast to the southwest, creating a wide variety of landscapes, from plateaus, mountains and lakes to deserts, lowlands and salt plains.

In the north of Ethiopia is the mighty massif of the Semien Mountains National Park. More than twenty peaks reach up to 4000 m or more, the so-called "Roof of Africa". They harbour the highest peak in Ethiopia, snow-covered Ras Dejen (4550 m). Southwest from the Semien range is Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile.

In the southeast, on the other side of the Great Rift Valley, are the Bale Mountains, also a national park and high plateau with numerous volcanic outcrops reaching up to 4000m, lakes and deep river gorges. Ethiopia's second highest peak Tullu Demtu (4377 m) sits here.

A remote area is the Danakil (or Afar or Dallol) Depression at more than 100m below sea level, with vast expanses of desert, volcanoes, (hot) lava, salt plains and lakes, and reputedly the hottest place on earth. Slightly less remote but also in the lowlands lies the Awash National Park along the Awash River, with a dry terrain of acacia woodland and grassland full of wildlife.

Hiking is common in Semien Mountains and Bale Mountains National Parks, but also possible in the Omo Valley and even in the Sultanate of Aussa near the border with Djibouti. Trails are not marked or signposted, so it is common and sometimes necessary to hire a local guide and pack animals.

Inside or near most national parks camping is possible, and often there are lodge-type accommodations or hotels in nearby towns. Elsewhere facilities are limited or absent.




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  • Reisgids Culture Smart! Ethiopia - Ethiopië | Kuperard
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  • Fotoboek Ethiopia – Footsteps in Dust and Gold | Arjan van Dijk
  • Een geweldig fotoboek over Ethiopië: voor diegen die er al geweest zijn en voor allen die nog willen gaan .... Footsteps in Dust and Gold biedt een bijzondere mix van schitterend fotografeerwerk en toegankelijke informatie. Het vertelt het verhaal van een uitzonderlijk land en een zelfbewust volk. U vindt er niet de clichés over arme landen.... Read more
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  • Reisgids Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland - Ethiopië | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet Travelling around Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland is a... Read more
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  • Zeer goede gids voor Ethiopië en betrouwbaar alternatief voor de Lonely Planet. Zo mogelijk nog completer! Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet: vol met praktische feiten en achtergronden. The bestselling guide to Ethiopia in the UK in recent years, this fully updated seventh edition of Philip Briggs' acclaimed guide reveals an ancient... Read more
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  • Vogelgids - Natuurgids Where to Watch Birds in Ethiopia | Christopher Helm
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  • Reisgids Ethiopia Travellers Handbook | Meru Publishing
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United Kingdom
  • Simen Mountains Trekking Map
  • Simen Mountains National Park at 1:100,000 on a revised, 2010 edition map from the University of Berne, showing the new park boundaries, with route profiles and descriptions, plus extensive tourist information on the reverse.The map has contours at 100m intervals, enhanced by relief shading, plus colouring to show forests, bush or scattered... Read more
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