Tankwa Ethiopia Tours


fishThere is better sport fishing opportunities in Ethiopia. Rivers and lakes are full of a wide variety of fish, some of extraordinary size. Ethiopia boasts more than 200 species of freshwater fish, including Nile perch, immense catfish, tiger fish, and brown and rainbow trout. Very few Ethiopians are anglers so visitors will find many unspoiled areas where they can fish in peace. A typical day’s fishing may also include the bonus of seeing families of hippo, giant crocodiles, or pink clouds of flamingos.
Tankwa Tour on Lake Tana

What is Tankwa? Tankwa is the name of the most attractive, traditional and impressive vessel boat that made from syprus papyrus plant that serves water transportation only on Lake Tana. It was believed to be first used Tankwa by Egyptian people about 4000 BC and became Egypt’s major export transport. Egyptians pioneered the development of river craft and there were many different types built and used for Agricultural produce, troops, cattle, stone and funeral processions were all carried on the Nile River.

According to some legends and literature this civilization has been transferred from Egypt through Ethiopia and shared their excellent experience to Ethiopian monks and priests who are living around the Lake, but it is more practiced by the Negede Waytoh community.

fishingTankwa boats even today provide traditional water transportation for monks and fishermen over Lake Tana and it serves an adventure activity like a modern kayak. Travelers love to see the Tankwa boats while they visit Lake Tana as they witness this small traditional boat being used to catch fish and transporting goods. It’s an essential need for the local fisherman’s day to day life. You can fish on Lake Tana with local fishermans.