​Best Time to Visit – Simien Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Ethiopia.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

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Simien Mountains National Park can be visited at any time and wildlife can be seen throughout the year. However, July and August tend to be very wet and these months are not recommended (especially for hikers). The spectacular scenery is a big attraction of the park and is at its best from September to December, when days are sunny, the landscape is lush and the sky is free of haze.

Best Time September to December (Beautiful scenery, little rain)
High Season October to April (The lodges in the park are busy)
Low Season May to September (Low-season rates apply)
Best Weather October to April (Little rainfall, sunny days)
Worst Weather July to August (Wettest months)

October to April Dry Season

  • Dry and sunny
  • Scenery is lovely from September to December
  • Conditions are perfect for hiking and camping
  • Roads are easier to navigate than in the Wet season
  • Best time for bird watching and migratory birds are present
  • Sky is hazy and views are less spectacular from January to March

May to September Wet Season

  • Scenery is green and lush
  • There are many wildflowers in September
  • Many overcast and rainy days in July and August
  • Road conditions can be bad from July to September

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Ethiopia by Major Park

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    JunJ
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    AugA
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    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
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    FebF
    MarM
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    JunJ
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    AugA
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    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
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    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
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    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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