Semein Mountain Park
The first natural site registered in the world natural heritage by UNESCO IN 1978.
Its unique landscape and spectacular scenery and biodiversity make the best site for visitors and trekker in Ethiopia.
Many tourists say the Simian Mountains comparable or even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon in USA.
Its altitude ranges from 1900-4543masl.
It is the home land of the country’s highest mountain RAS Dashen 4543masl and the fifth highest mountain in Africa.
Temperate type with an afro alpine characteristic, the daily temperature ranges b/n-5c and a maximum of 18c Generally Cold in the morning and at night, moderate temperature during the day time.
Time to visit
The best time to explorer the park is b/n October to May just after the end of the big rain season even though there is a little rain falls from February to March.
The rain fall will start from (June-September), it is not advisable to visit the park at this period for more than a couples of days.
Flora and fauna
There is different variety of flora species depending the altitudinal difference, from afro-mountain areas-up to afro-alpine like Hageniaabyssinica,juniperusprocera (2000-2700masl) ,in altitudes above 3200m grass , herbaceous species and Giant lobelia and others are dominant.
The park is rich in mammal, birds and plants, one can see easily ,the walia ibex ,Gelada baboon which is all endemic to this area .from birds more than 180 species of birds are recorded in this park among them Lammergeyr,Augur buzzard ,sunbird ,the vultures ,alpine chat are frequently viewed. To see more one has to spend more days, he/she has expected to trek till the low lands.