Now this is an exceptional experience (above and below).

Having ascended 3200 metres to the top of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountain Range (thankfully by car), we joined more than 100 Gelada Baboons as they  migrated slowly across an alpine plateau. Largely oblivious to our presence, they made their way across a verdant plain, feeding on grass and preening themselves.

I wandered among them for about an hour in a cool mountain air tinged with the scent of wild Thyme, before rain clouds rolled in and ended the experience.

Tomorrow we head further into the country’s northern reaches.

As internet is erratic, I’ll look to post a few more images when I return to the capital, Addis Ababa, on the 20th before we head south to photograph the tribal cultures of the Omo Valley region.

What an amazing country.

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