Ethiopia is a land of variety of distinct geographical zones and contrasts, varying as much as 120metres below sea level in the harsh salt flats of the Danakil depression, to a 4543metres peak Ras Dashen, the fourth highest peak in Africa. Several of Ethiopia's more remote areas are excellent for walking safaris, which are offered by several good tour operators in the country. Walking tours, best planned for the dry season, offer the traveler the opportunity for excellent vantage points from which to view many of Ethiopia's natural wonders, the spectacular scenery and astonishing wildlife make Ethiopia a truly superb destination for hike lovers. The cornucopia of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes: Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,543 meters, deserts sprinkled with salt flats and yellow sulphur, lake lands with rare and beautiful birds, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle the list is endless.
Semien Mountain National Park
Simien Mountain National Park, in northern Ethiopia is a spectacular landscape in the world, where massive erosion over millions of years ago has created jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world, the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf.
The Semiens are remarkable as being one of the few spots in Africa where snow regularly falls. The Mountain consist of plateau separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen(4550MASL), which the highest peak in Ethiopia as well; other notable height include mount Bohit(4430) the second highest peak in the semien mountain national park.
Trekking in Maqdela
The trek from Lake Hashengie to Magdala is a wonderful challenge for the adventurous trekker. It takes you to our final campsite, top of Maqdala Amba, which is over 3000 meters. Magdala was a stronghold of military for the former King Tewodros II. The power of the Gondarine Empire was eventually weakened by the presence of the Oromo, as well as by the doctrinal disputes that had undermined the Church. Real power passed to regional warlords in what is called the Era of the Princes, the decades of civil war that ended in 1855 when Kasa Haylu defeated his rivals and became the emperor Tewodros II and he made his capital at Meqdela.
The siege at Magdala in 1868 and was the main reason for the journey made by General Napier. He began at the Red Sea Coast traveling about 391 miles from Kumayli, across Eritrea into Ethiopia via Lake Hashengie and up to Magdala. Negotiation between King Teodros II and the British Government failed to reach an agreement. Finally in August 1867, the cabinet granted 2 million pounds to mount an expedition, led by General Napier to rescue the British hostages held captive by King Tewodros II at Magdala. Soldiers from four regiments, the Artillery, Cavalry, Engineers and Infantry took part. Over 35,000 pack animals including camels, together with 44 elephants made the difficult journey. Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia committed suicide in 1868 after being defatted by the British troops. The Historical perspective adds another dimension to the trek.
Our trek begins by Lake Hashengie and covers about 150 miles, following the same route taken by General Napier. This will enable travelers to experience and enjoy the truly varied topography and landscape, truly unspoiled and rarely visited site. At Meqdela, besides its beautiful scenery, one can visit the Sebastopol Canyon, the old church and Emperor Tewodros II graveyard. It is the best one of the place for both for trekkers and for historians. For further details please contact us, one of our agent will send you more details about this package.
Bale Mountains National Park is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As you ascend into the mountains you will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude, from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows, which at various times of year exhibit an abundance of colourful wildflowers.
Bale Mountains National Park is the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Semien Fox, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget's Rail.