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Simien National Park

An earthy beer break
Toward the end of a three-day trek through the Simien Mountains, we stopped for a break in a village on the way out of Simien National Park. The hosts offered us a homemade beer, which they served out of metal vegetable cans and which tasted like a mix of mostly dirt and water. That didn't stop anyone, especially our guards, from sampling the concoction, perhaps a little too much.

Baboon on the edge
Simien National Park is filled with wild baboons, which typically travel in large packs, even into the hundreds. While hiking to our campground on the first day, we spotted a lone baboon hanging around the edge of a 2,000 foot cliff. With little place for him to go, he seemed content to hang tight as we passed by, just a dozen feet away.