PAge 2, The Simien mountains National park

Wow!! the Simien mountains are really something special. I spend 9 days there in the mountains and had a truly brilliant time! I hope the pictures speak for themselves.



Pic 1 and 2: great views are everywhere!! These ones are from the way to Sankaber.
Pic 3: The impressive waterfall on the way to Geech.
Pic 4: Sunset at Geech camp.




Pic 5: Hey, its........a tree!!!!!
Pic 6: View from the view point Imet Gogo.
Pic 7: Our guide Wendru showing that he aint afraid of heights.
Pic 8: Another nice sunset.



Pic 5 : I do not know the name of the flowers...but they sure are pretty :-)
pic 6 : The impressive lammergeier.
Pic 7: Two Simien foxes!! They are on the verge of extinction in the Simien mountains so it was very good to see two alive and well here. Unfortunately i didnīt get very close to them and i dont have a god tele so this hazy pic will have to do.
Pic 8: Nice view just behind Chennek camp.



..... and a few pics of the Gelada baboons. Coz they are so cute :-)

Now Its time to bore you with another email. This one was writen on 8 november from Gondar, shortly after i returned from the Simien Mountains.

Hello again from ethiopia!

WOW....found a cyber cafe here in Gondar ethiopia. This is surely a sign that progress is on the way. Hafta make it short though coz there is only 1 computer and people are waiting in line to use it.

I just returned from a 8 day hike in the simien mountains. In Bahar Dar i met Heike en Sven, a charming German couple, and i decided to join them on a 8 day hike on hte mountains. I had a simply amazing time. I saw lots of wildlife; Gelada Baboons, Lammergeiers, a lt f birds, Walibi Ibex, Klipspringer and......two Ethiopian wolves!!! They are said to be extinct here in the Simien mountains so it was good to see 2 of them alive and well. Ed; you wanted to see pictures of animals ....well...i think i took a few that might interest you. Combine that with the most dramatic mountains scenery africa has to offer and i had probably the most rewarding mountain hike of my life!

Tomorrow i will fly to Lalibela with its fabled rock hewn churches. I wonder what kind of surprises await me there. Now off to see something of Gondar.

Mail you again in a couple of days from Addis Abeba!
Joost



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