The historic route through the north of Ethiopia begins with the ancient churches and monasteries on Lake Tana. Tropical vegetation covers the volcanic cone that protrudes like an island from the largest inland lake of the Ethiopian Highlands.
By boat we travel to the south of Lake Tana to the Zeghie Peninsula, a romantic natural landscape. A narrow path leads through coffee and gesho bushes to a hill within the monastery area at the centre of which is the impressive Monastery Fort.
An ancient imperial city, Gondar is one of the country’s great centres of religion. Dawit The Third, a son of Emperor Iyasu, had his palace built in the north of Fasil Ghebbi, protected by a nine hundred metre long wall. Lions were kept in cages and art and culture made Gondar the religious centre of Ethiopia.
In the mountainous highlands of Ethiopia there is an extraordinary treasure of the history of mankind, namely the eleven rock churches of Lalibela. In the thirteenth century the famous Amhara sovereign, Lalibela, decided to establish a new Jerusalem in his kingdom. Unique in their construction, the rock churches are among the most little-known miracles of the world, well disguised in the red tuff rock.
The peaceful atmosphere of Lake Tana marks the end of the historic route through the north of Ethiopia. An impressive route with a dramatic history.