How to get to the Simiens
The Simien Mountains are 100kms north of Gonder. It takes about two hours to travel there taking the main road north from Gonder. At the town of Debark, take a right turn and drive 22km to the lodge. This is where the scenery gets interesting.
Note that the park is open from 6am to 6pm. Sometimes it is possible to get an extension to these times but not always, so it is important to arrive before nighfall. Simien Lodge cannot be held responsible for late arrivals and entry refusal by the park staff.
Shuttle to the Simiens
Simien Lodge have a daily shuttle which leaves the lodge about 7am in the morning and gets to Gonder airport for 10am. It then returns to Gonder late morning where clients can visit the town for a couple of hours before continuing to the lodge in the afternoon.
Bookings may be made by phoning either our Addis office or the Lodge.
|Shuttle bus prices (updated May 2013)|
|1 person||$80 per person|
|2 person||$120 or $60 per person|
|3 person||$120 or $40 per person|
|4 person||$150 or $ 37 per person|
|5 or more||$37 per person.|
From October 2016, Simien Lodge has a license to take tourists into the park. We now can offer this possibility to take you to Sanakbur, not far from the Jimber waterfall and to Chennuk where the walia ibex can be seen and with a bit of luck the very rare Ethiopian wolf as well.
|From||To||No of Pax||Price USD|
|Lodge||Debark||Up to 2 Pax||30|
|Lodge||Debark||Up to 4 Pax||50|
|Lodge||Debark||Up to 8 Pax||80|
|Lodge||Sankaber||Up to 2 Pax||50|
|Lodge||Sankaber||Up to 4 Pax||70|
|Lodge||Sankaber||Up to 8 Pax||90|
|Lodge||Chennek||Up to 2 Pax||90|
|Lodge||Chennek||Up to 4 Pax||120|
|Lodge||Chennek||Up to 8 Pax||150|
Our offices in Addis and France can assist with your transport requirements
Our office in Addis is easy to find. We are situated on the 2nd floor of Negist Towers near Lime Tree Café. Nigist towers is 100m south of Intercontinental Hotel. Our professional staff are there to help you.
Fly to Gonder with Ethiopian Airlines who run at least two flights a day to Gonder. Tickets may be purchased from any Ethiopian office.
Ethiopian run a very modern fleet of Aircraft and have some of the most up to date facilities in Africa. Internationally they run 777-300 and now they Africa's first carrier with 787 Dreamliner aircraft (photo). The internal flights are with 737s and Bombardier Q400 planes. The Q400 serve most smaller internal destinations.http://www.ethiopianairlines.com
There are several charter companies running a variety of small aircraft from Beech 1900 to Cessna Caravans. Contact us for details.
Our director (Nick Crane) is an IFR pilot and can give accurate advice
Local buses run from both Gonder and Axum. However the buses stop in Debark which is 21km from the lodge. When arriving from the north, you will need to change at Shira and often this can mean an overnight stay in here.
We have our own transport which is usually available, or we know plenty of good car owners in Gonder. We also have good safe drivers.
|Our current prices are as follows.|
|Car Hire to Gondar with driver||$150||Toyota 4x4 persons||Pickup 4|
|Car Hire to Axum with driver||$400||Toyota 4x4 persons||Pickup 4|
Helicopters are allowed but permission has to be granted by both Civil Aviation and the Parks Authority.Please contact the park office
Mobile: 00251 920 039285
The current fees for landing in the park are 500 bir/48hrs for single engine helicopters and 900 birr per 48hrs for helicopters with more than one engine.
Flying to Gonder with Abyssinian
These flights make it ideal for that weekend away in the mountains, for that special conference, or just to save time. You take off and leave when you want. No waiting at airports or booking in. No flight delays. No overbooked flights or reconfirmations. The flight in itself is much more interesting than a commercial flight. You will fly low over the Nile Gorge and Lake Tana. If you want you can fly low to see special places that you may have visited on the ground.Contact us for an airfare quote: click here
Fly direct to Gondar with a chartered Cessna Abyssinian Flight Services
If you are a group it is quite economical and good fun to charter a 9 seater Cessna Caravan or a 6 seater Cessna 210. At present flights are only to Gonder. Flight time to Gonder is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Nigist Towers, 2nd floor, Kazanchis Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Office: +251 11 5524758
Lodge: +251 582 310741
La Clarine, 38840 St Lattier France
Phone: +33 476643078