Lake Tana is the largest
lake in Ethiopia. It is 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. Twenty of the
islands on the lake shelter churches and monasteries.
Lake Wonchi is a crater
lake with many islands at an altitude of 2780 meters. The Monastery of
St. Kirhas is on one of the larger islands. Wonchi may have been
active as recently as 550
a.d. The caldera is 2952
feet deep (900 meters), and the lake itself is 1312 feet (400 meters)
Lake Zuquala rises 600
meters above the surrounding plain. The crater of the volcanic cone is
two kilometers across and 60 meters deep. The shallow lake has long
been known as a holy lake, and for many centuries a monastery has been
located on the rim of the crater.
Lake Ashengi is 2500
meters above sea level, and 20 square kilometers in area.