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The Simien Mountains

Spectacular landscape, jagged mountain peaks and deep valleys; welcome to the Simien Mountains. Sue Bishop shares her experience of a ten day trekking trip at this outstandingly beautiful part of the world

For the last five or six years, I have been lucky enough to accompany some of Exodus Travel’s fabulous walking and trekking holidays as a photographic tutor. Usually when they suggest a destination to me, a picture of that place will spring into my mind. But when a trek in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia was proposed, that little filing cabinet in my brain failed to come up with any images.

A quick Google search assured me that it was a place I would love to visit and photograph. The Simien Mountains National Park has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to its spectacular landscape of jagged mountain peaks and deep valleys, as well as several rare animals that live there, such as the Gelada Baboon, the Ethiopian Wolf and the Walia Ibex. But even that research didn’t fully prepare me for the reality of being there.

The group flew into Addis Ababa and from there we took an internal flight to Gondar. Gondar was once the capital of Ethiopia, and has some striking castles built in the 17th and 18th centuries. From there…

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Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop is one of the UK’s leading flower and landscape photographers, and the author of three books about photography. She is also a co-founder of the photographic holiday company Light & Land

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