Following the recent David Attenborough series Ã¢â‚¬ËœAfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ where the memorable gelada monkey was featured, Africa Product Manager Louise Stanion follows the route of our 14-Day tour,Ã‚Â Ethiopian Odyssey, that takes in the northern highlights and adds on a Rift Valley extension in the south.
I sat there on the grass holding my breath, camera balanced on knees. Ã‚Â I had long since forgotten my companion, Nick Crane, owner of theÃ‚Â Simien Mountain Lodge, AfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highest hotel. Ã‚Â I was fully absorbed in an impromptu wildlife encounter of the primate kind.Ã‚Â
The gelada monkey is an extraordinary animal with a peculiar appearance. Ã‚Â It is known as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmonkey of the bleeding heartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ because of the red patch of skin on its chest. Ã‚Â The monkeys have small, black turned up noses and a four leaf-clover pattern on their behinds. Ã‚Â The males sport a mantle of long thick golden hair on their heads and shoulders. Ã‚Â From the back, one might be forgiven for mistaking monkey for lion.