My name is Simon Assefa and I'm a tour guide working inside the Simien Mountains National Park and surrounding areas. I was born and raised inside the park and thus have a strong passion for the natural heritage of the park. I have a B.A. degree in journalism and communications, and I have also taken courses in geology, local flora and fauna, birdwatching and tour guiding techniques. With over 5 years of experience working as a guide and organizing tours in the park, I now also serve as travel organizer. With my educational background and work experience, I hope to be your first choice in organizing your trip to the Simien Mountains!
I did a 6 day hike with Simon in April 2013. I must say I was astounded by the natural beauty of the places he took me. His local knowledge, passion and professionalism really made the trip so much better. He even took extra time to show me around the villages of Chenek and Gich to socialize with the local people. I recommend Simon and his tours.Derek Blair
In November 2013, my wife and I had the pleasure of being guided for five days in the Simien Mountains by Simon Assefa. He is nothing short of outstanding in both local knowledge and warm personality... Do yourself a huge favor, don't look elsewhere, and simply book a Simien Mountains tour with Simon. We can't wait to do so again ourselves!Scott Crawford
Simon arranged a 9 day tour for us with 2 days in Lalibela, 2 days in Gondar and a 5 day trek in the Simiens. It was the best arranged tour we ever have been on. Everything went seamlessly. Simon arranged local guides in Lalibela and Gondar. They spoke great English and were very knowledgeable and put history, religion and local traditions into perspective...Amandus Gustafsson