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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains January 30th 2011

The hike was only a dozen steps old and already, William the Scot and I realised that we don’t have any water left for the rest of the first day. We were hiking the Simeon Mountains for 3 days so we packed enough water but our reserve stocks were with the mules taking another route. How could it be that we would be out of water after only 12 steps? Simeon is 5 hours along a dusty bumpy bus north of Gondor. You can book a tour or just rock up and hope to join some others. We managed to join up with 6 - 4 Russians and a Belgium couple. By skipping the tour and doing it ourselves it worked out very cheap for African hiking in a National Park. Getting a bargain would be ... read more
2 - guard
3 - Gondor castle
4 - Umm that's going to be hard to do

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains January 13th 2011

As we drove the long, very bumpy road north of Gonder, I kept my eyes peeled for some sign of the mighty Simien Mountains that I would soon be trekking. But it seemed they were nowhere to be seen. All around were gently rolling hills. Where were the mountains, the highest in Ethiopia? It wasn’t till we practically were falling off the edge that I realized that in fact we actually HAD been climbing into the mountains, gradually making our way up a “gentle” slope that would give way to a jaw-dropping plunge along a dramatic escarpment, with views to put the Grand Canyon to shame. The Simien Mountains were sort of stealth mountains, if you will. When I signed up for this adventure, I opted for a five-day, four-night trek, which would not get me ... read more
Looking fresh at the beginning of the trek.
First camp, Sankaber
A little post-hike snack with Gezmo

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains January 1st 2011

Planned an early start, breakfast at 6, leave at 6:30, it's a 3/4 hour drive to the Simien Mountains, so it needs to be early to fit it in a day. I did not realise it was St George's Day though, as it's in April in England, so the church started blaring music and sermons around 5am. Even with ear plugs in, it woke me with a start! My 4WD driver arrives and off we go, the town is heaving with people in white robes heading to the church for the saints day, amazing at such an early time of the morning. As we reach the edge of town I realise why 97km will take so long, the tarmac disappears and gravel and dirt track mark the rest of the way :( We pass many hills ... read more
Simien Mountains
Gelada Baboons
Gelada Baboons

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains March 10th 2010

wow! to the Simiens. the road goes up and down always until you reach the small town of Dabark. there you buy your entrance fee to the national park and you can also book accommodation. we stayed at a state park camp, very cheap but delapidated rooms with beds and bugs. quite cold at night but splendid view. we trek in the afternoon and enjoyed fresh clear air and the unbelievable panorama over the mountain range. We saw hundreds of gelada baboons, birds, and the next early morning also some ibexes.... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains December 29th 2009

I don't know when I will be able to upload this post. We are currently in Debark in the Simien Highlands of Ethiopia and I am writing this on Boxing Day. There are internet cafes around but the few that have actually been located are well closed. I don't hold out a lot of hope of finding one this afternoon and, truth be known, I won't get this completed in time to upload today anyway. No photos again. Connection just can't handle it I am afraid. A pity because some of these are ok I think. A small apology. There are those, I believe, who find that I sometimes - perhaps all of the time - write more than can easily be read quickly at work when they are really being paid to do other things. ... read more
The wind up to the Dance
One or Two Spinners
More happy Men

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains December 29th 2009

I am usually happiest when on the move, so the bus journey up to the Simien Mountains significantly lifts my spirits as the route weaves higher and higher across rolling mountains and their brief plateaus. I debark at Debark hungry for some hiking but this proves to be problematic due to the higher costs of going it alone, something that frequently plagues solo travel. Bubbling with impatience I manage to curb my enthusiasm enough to stick it out and wait for fellow trekkers rather than plunge in with an unnecessary flurry of Birr. Although the park office naturally neglects to inform me about the other aspiring mountaineers that book with them, in spite of my repeated requests, fortunately my fairy godmother still appears the next day in the form of P. I notice an Australian lady ... read more
Ascending into the Simien Mountains
Got an itch to scratch
Hitching a lift

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains November 8th 2009

Some Useful Things To Do With Cocoa Cola Our group is a much-traveled one. One day we sat down and pooled our experiences to produce this set of travel tips. I hope I haven't missed any! Equipment and Packing *"Eagle Creek" luggage cubes are recommended *The drawstring soap powder bags are good for packing small items *"Chaco" sandels are the best *Avon's "Skin So Soft" works really well as an insect repellent!! And leaves you with beautifully soft skin, of course *A bottle opener *A hot water bottle (!!) *Torch and spare batteries *A pashmina - it can be used as a towel, dries quickly and is light to pack *Medical kit *Toilet paper *A family-sized pack of Imodium *Baby wipes and hand gel *Cereal bars are light to pack and are great in hunger emergencies ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains November 8th 2009

The Simien Mountains We spend the day trekking in the Simien Mountains. We are now at an altitude of more than 10,000 ft so we are moving quite slowly. There are some incredible views to be had!! Today's blog is more about the photos than the words - I hope that they will do it justice! We see a bit of wildlife - gelada baboons, which are unique to Ethiopia, several different different types of birds and an antelope. The baboons are grass eaters and we are able eat our lunch without them trying to steal our food. I guess that the three "scouts" aren't here to protect us from the animals! (Oooops! I’ve lost the rest of the text from this)... read more
The View From Up In The Mountains
Gelada Baboon
It's Me!!!!

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains November 7th 2009

I Was Only 5½ Hours From Simien "I Love You! You Are Beautiful! Give Me Your Banana" It's another early start today (5:30a.m.) as we have a long drive ahead to The Simien Mountains. The tour company literature says it will take about 5½ hours - Good! We should be there for lunch! We get underway at about 6:30. There's already a lot of Ethiopians moving on the roads, making the most of the coolest part of the day. The road is rough and unmade and we make very slow progress. After one hour we get excited as we suddenly hit tarmac but it only lasts about 500 metres. There was another short stretch of tarmac later on but it didn't last for long. There seems to be a lot of work being done on the ... read more
....But We Soon Had Some Company
This Is The River We Were Crossing
A Statue At Shire

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains March 4th 2009

Growing up in the ‘80s, the one enduring image of Ethiopia we were exposed to is that of fly covered, emaciated children starving in a desert. Therefore, we naively spent most of lives assuming that this was an accurate representation of the whole of Ethiopia. It has been pleasing to find that, although most people are far from well off, poverty isn’t any more prevalent than in the other developing countries we have visited. As for the landscape, it wasn’t until we started to research this trip that we discovered that Ethiopia in fact one of the most mountainous countries in the world, with 20 peaks of over 4000m. During our research, one area in particular stood out, the Simien Mountains. Home to some of the best trekking in Africa and unique wildlife, we made it ... read more
View from Sankaber
Bearded Vulture
Geech Village

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