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Covering 179 square kilometers the Simien Mountains National Park lies between 1,900 and 4,430 meters. It is in the Afro alpine zone and the temperature regularly falls below freezing at night. Rosita Forbes, in From Red sea to Blue Nile A thousand Miles of Ethiopia, said this about the Simien mountains:

The most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes opened before us, as we looked across a gorge that was clouded amethyst to the peaks of Simien. Thousands years ago when the old gods reigned in Ethiopia, they must have played chess with those stupendous crags for we saw bishops miters cut in lapis lazuli,castles with the ruby of approaching sunset on their turrets an emerald knight where the forest crept up on to the rock, and far away, a king crowned with sapphire and guarded by a row of pawns. When the gods exchanged their games for shield and buckler to fight the new men clamoring at their gates, they turned the pieces of their chessboard into mountains. In Simien they stand enchanted, till once again the world is pagan and the titans and the earth gods learn down form the monstrous cloud banks to wager a star or two on their sport.

These gigantic chess pieces are actually hard cores of volcanic outlets from which the surrounding materials has eroded away over the centuries - one of the most distinctive characteristics of these highlands, which constitute one of the major mountain massifs in Africa. The region includes many summits above 4,000 meters and culminates in the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, which at 4,543 meters is also the fourth highest mountain in Africa. It is not difficult to climb and can be reached by traveling thorough the park.

There are various campsites and routes to follow and the park is breathtaking. Climbing up form Debark on mules through extensive farmland, the visitor is unaware of the dramatic scenery about to unfold. The land forms various small plateau areas, and the edges of this plunger dramatically to the lowlands to the north and east. The edges of these gorges form the perfect habitat for the animals that this park was set up to protect -Walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf and Chilada baboon. Birds from the area are also a delight to watch as they provide spectacular aerobatic displays off the shirr cliffs, using the currents indigenous to the terrain.

The Best Time To Travel

The best time to visit is the dry season, form December to march. Travel is difficult during the long rainy season between June and September when several rivers may be flooded and difficult to cross Trails also become slippery and fog frequently obscures the view throughout the day October, November and December are the coldest months

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