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south of Ethiopia in our own
Visit 1 of the
spa resorts in Ethiopia at Lake Langano or Lake
Awash National Park
Bale Mountains National Park
Simien mountains national Park
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The most mysterious lake in the world
Blue Nile Falls
The source of the most famous river in
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Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, situated north of the beautiful town of
Bahir Dar is the source from where the famous Blue
Nile starts its long journey to Khartoum, and on to the Mediterranean.
mysterious islands that are scattered about the surface of the lake,
shelter to well hidden churches and monasteries of immense historical and
cultural interest; decorated with beautiful paintings and housing innumerable
the lakeshore bird life, both local and migratory visitors, make the site an
ideal place for birdwatchers. The whole of the lake Tana region and the Blue
Nile gorge host a wide variety of birds both endemic and migratory visitors. The
variety of habitats, from rocky crags to riverside forests and important
wetlands, ensure that many other different species should be spotted.
|Restorative work explains the Gondarene character of some of the
paintings found in the remarkable monasteries and churches on the islands of
Kebran Gabriel, for example, originally established in the fourteenth
century, was later renovated and rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Iyasu I
(1682-1706). Narga Selassie, built in the eighteenth century by Empress Mentewab,
is also Gondarene in character. Other churches are influenced by different
periods. For instance, although Ura Kidane Mehret on the Zegie Peninsula is a
fourteenth-century building, its most powerful murals notably around the holy of
holies - were painted in Gondarene times.
On the other hand, the centerpiece of
Daga Istafanos is a Madonna painted during the reign of Emperor Zara Yaqob
(1434-68). Although medieval by date, this work has the flowing lines, realism,
beauty and tension of much later styles.
The thirty-seven islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries
- surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their
isolation they were used to store art treasures and religious relics from all
parts of the country. Tradition says the Ark of the Covenant was kept on one of
these islands when Axum was endangered, and the remains of five Emperors -
including Fasilidas - are to be found at Daga Istafanos. Monks at Ura Kidane
Mehret say that more than forty tabots from churches destroyed by Ahmed
Gragn were hidden in their monastery during the sixteenth century.
|Covering more than 3,600 square kilometers, Tana is
Known to the ancient
Greeks as Pseboa, its sometimes stormy waters are traversed
by papyrus reed boats, called tankwas, which differ little from those found in the tombs of the Pharaohs.
A boat trip on lake Tana is one of the most pleasant excursions for visitors.
Those island and peninsulas of
Lake Tana are most conveniently approached by boat arranged by Dinknesh Ethiopia
Lake Tana and its Monasteries, it will not always be possible to reach the
shores by tour boat, it can happen that we have to arrange some local transport
in order to reach the shore without getting your feet wet.
Blue Nile Falls
The Blue Nile
river flows out of the lake with tremendous force and volume over the basalt shoulder
of a giant cataract and onwards from there, ever downwards through dark and
angry defiles, towards the deserts of the Sudan, on its way to enrich Egypt's fertile delta.
The power of the Blue Nile may best be appreciated just thirty kilometers
downstream from the point where the river first leaves Lake Tana. There, a
rumble of sound fills the air and the green fields and low hills on either bank
tremble to the Blue Nile Falls. It is one of the most dramatic spectacles on
either the White or Blue Niles, a vision of natural strength and grandeur.
Four hundred meters wide in flood, the Blue Nile plunges forty-five meters
down a sheer chasm
to throw up a continuous mist that drenches the countryside
up to a kilometer away. In turn, this gentle deluge produces rainbows that
shimmer across the gorge under the changing arc of the sun - and a perennial
rainforest. The pillar of cloud in the sky above, seen from afar, explains the
local name for the falls - water that smokes, Tissisat.
The approach to the falls leads through Tissisat village where travelers find themselves
surrounded by a retinue of youthful
guides and musicians. For a small fee,
they will point out many places of historic interest.
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