Semien Mountains National Park

semein mountains national park in ethiopia

Semein Mountains National Park


All You Need to Know About this Wonderful Park

The Semein Mountains National Park can be accessed from the town of Debark which is roughly 100 kilometers from the city of Gondar.

The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is one of the major mountain massifs in Africa.

It has summits reaching above 3900 meters with the highest point, being at 4,620 meters.

The peak is named Ras Dejen and is the highest point in Ethiopia and the fourth highest peak in Africa.

The Semein Mountains are renowned for their spectacular views. In the center of the park, there are 2 observations points called Lmet Gogo and Gidir Got.

Visitors can experience a magnificent panorama view of the high plateau and the lowland areas, from these vantage points.


semein national park view

Depending upon the weather, visitors can see up to 100 kilometers of terraces and valleys of the Tekeze lowland basin.

The local inhabitants lend a unique view of how man and nature can live harmoniously together. Their traditional lifestyle within this harsh environment provides one with an impressive look at life in the past.

The Walia Ibex which is indigenous to the area is a type of mountain goat.

There are only about 1,000 left and thus they were the primary reason this park was created.

Other wildlife includes the Semein Fox and the Gelada baboon.

Even though the park is located close to the equator the temperatures can reach zero.

The park is a place of stunning natural beauty with its rare wildlife and spectacular scenic views.



Commonly, a trek consisting of five days will allow sufficient time to enjoy the most wildlife-rich and scenic places in the Semein Mountains National Park.

The highest peak in Ethiopia, known as the Ras Dejen can also be visited for an additional 3 day trek. Abyssinian horses and mules well suited for the terrain will carry the loads, and can also be ridden.