Destination: the source of the Blue Nile (Sekela) & Lake Zengena
Tour Code: TT-1006
Duration: one day
Tour Title: History with Nature
Transportation: surface drive
Sekela is found 165 kms south of Bahir Dar. The town of the woreda, Gishe Abay, was founded in 1989 and is located 30 km east of the town of tilily which is 430 km far from Addis Ababa. Gish Abay is the place where Gilgil Abay (source of the Blue Nile) originates and which is the most voluminous of the 60 odd rivers that flow into Lake Tana, is generally accepted to be the ultimate source of the Blue Nile. For the local people, the sacred stream from where Gilgil Abay pours out is believed to have strong healing power, and it has been regarded geographically significant by Ethiopians for many centuries. Abagis Wall in Sekela woreda, Abisken Maryam Kebele administration, there are ruins of a wall called ‘Fasil Ginb’ (Fasil Wall) or Abagis which is said to be built in the 17th century during the reign of Emperor Fasil. The ruins of the building are found 27 kms far from the town of Gishe Abay.
Zengena Crater Lake is found in Chewsa kebele administration which is located about 4km south-East of Injibara alongside the Debre Markos road in Banja woreda. To get to Zengena from Ingibara, follow the Debre Markos road south for 4km until you see cypress-covered slope to your left, then follow the rough pathway that leads to the plantation for about 200m to a shady parking area. The forested rim of this near-perfect crater is set an altitude of 2,500m.
After breakfast drive 165km towards to southern part of Bahir Dar to the source of the Blue Nile, Sekela woreda. Visit the St. Michael church which is located on the source of the Blue Nile River. As it’s mentioned in the holy bible (“and the name of the river is Gihon: the name it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. Genesis 2: 13”) it’s among the greatest rivers and longest river in world. Late afternoon drive back to Bahir Dar