Dubbed as the "Roof of Africa," Ethiopia has the highest elevated portion of landmass on the continent. The Semien Mountains National Park is part of this landmass ,it was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESO in 1978. The region includes many summits above 4,000 mts and culminates in the highest point in Ethiopia and fourth highest peak in Africa, Mount Ras Dashen (4,620 mts.) . It is an ideal place for nature lovers and trekkers.
It is common to see troop of Gelada baboons in the Semien Mountains. Found only in Ethiopia, their 'sacred heart' a patch of bare skin on the chest distinguishes them from any other species of baboon.
Semien wolf, endemic to Ethiopia, also known as the Semien jackal or Abyssinian wolf, is found in greater numbers, at an altitude between 3,000 and 4,500 meters high.
Semien Mountain National Park is the home of the agile Walia Ibex, the symbol of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Organization. Rivaled only by the klipspringer, the Ibex was thought to be heading for extinction, but it appears to be surviving with the protection it is now given.