Simien Lodge

The highest lodge in Africa, situated at 3260 m above sea level close to the Simien Mountains National Park boundary.

Simien Lodge

Simien Lodge is the self-proclaimed highest lodge in Africa, sitting at 3260 m above sea level. Located on the edge of an escarpment near to the boundaries of the Simien Mountains National Park, the lodge boasts incredible scenic views as well as easy access into the national park.

Rooms are in traditional Ethiopian style Tukels – meaning house. The round buildings have thatched rooves, and each contain two rooms and two ensuite bathrooms. Main rooms can be arranged with double or twin beds, and have enough space for an extra bed if required. There are also family rooms, with two bedrooms and a bathroom. Being at high altitude, temperatures can be quite cold at times. Therefore, the Tukels have solar powered underfloor heating to take the edge off the cold. Extra blankets are also available to ensure guests comfort.

The restaurant in the main building serves both traditional Ethiopian and international dishes. Champagne lunches outdoors upon the escarpment can be arranged for a special indulgence, or packed lunches can be prepared for guests embarking on a day’s trekking. The bar is proud to be the highest place to get a drink in Africa, and is comfortably furnished for a warm and inviting atmosphere. they remain open until the last guests have left, and there will often be some sort of evening entertainment occurring, such as a film about the local area or wildlife.

Many outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed in the Simein mountains. The lodge has mountain biking and camping equipment available for guests, and there are extensive trekking trials around the area. Several extreme sports have recently been approved by the park authority, such as canyonning, mountaineering and base jumping. There will be a suitable option for even the most daring of guests.

Facilities

Rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers and required amenities, underfloor solar powered heating, extra blankets. The main lodge has a restaurant and bar area.

Local Wildlife

Gelada are very common in the area. Leopards, hyenas, Simien wolf, and Walia ibex are amongst other mammals found near the lodge. Bird life is also stimulating, and over eighty species have been spotted in the immediate area around the lodge so far – a number predicted to grow as more ornithologists and wildlife enthusiasts visit the park. At least 12 of the 30 endemic Ethiopian bird species can be found within 1 km of the lodge. On a short walking trail from the lodge typical birds you can expect to find are Wattled Ibis, Brown-rumped and Streaky Serins, Dusky Turtle Doves and Chiffchaff (winter only). You may also find White-backed Black Tit, Brown Woodland Warbler and Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, or be lucky enough to locate the pair of unobtrusive Abyssinian Woodpeckers. Birds of prey can also be sighted, such as the tawny eagle and lammergeyer.

Optional Activities

Trekking, camping, mountain biking, visiting the national park, engaging in extreme mountain sports.

Number of rooms

26

Air Conditioning

No

Swimming Pool

No

Ian Loyd
Area Specialist

The organisation of scouts and guides for treks should be done once guests arrive at the park office in Debarak. It is usually very easy to arrange and there are plenty of staff on hand. Booking elsewhere may result in tourists being sold fake tickets.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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