Tankwa Ethiopia Tours

Tankwa Tour on Lake Tana

Tour Overview


Tour Code: TT-1043

Duration: 11 Days and 10 Nights

Tour Title: kayaking

Transportation: Papyrus boat

What is Tankwa? Tankwa is the name of the most attractive, traditional and impressive vessel boat that made from syprus papyrus plant. 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.

Tankwa 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.


Tour Itinerary

Transportation: Tankwa (papyrus boat)

Morning after breakfast one of our representatives will take you to the Tankwa harbor through the beautiful cathederal of St. George, passing through the Ethiopian Orthodox Church School. From here your Tankwa (vessel boat) awaite you to make an adventure tour experience on Lake Tana. The tour will take 3-4hours but canbe combined/extend to other places if you interested making more hours.

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