An off-the-beaten-track 12-lodge hotel in Ethiopia’s mountains

Limalimo promises majestic scenery and teeming wildlife

The bar at Limalimo lodge in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
The bar at Limalimo lodge in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

As conventional routes through Ethiopia become more crowded, the enterprising are parlaying less-known quadrants of its vast reaches into areas of interest: Bale Mountain Lodge(www.balemountainlodge.com; from $290), which opened in early 2014 in the national park of the same name – characterised by moorland, mist and antelope – is one example.

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Another is about to come on to the radar: Limalimo (pictured), whose 12 freestanding lodges are on an escarpment in the Simien Mountains National Park in the north – a sere landscape of peaks reaching 4,000m (Ras Dejen, Ethiopia’s highest, is here). Guests will share the majestic scenery with ibex, wolves and gelada monkeys (which run in troupes of up to 200), and engage local people in pursuits ranging from beekeeping to injera-making lessons. Scott Dunn, who’s developing a profile in the country, is who to book through (www.scottdunn.com; £4,740 for 12 nights).

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