Mount Zuqualla

Towering at almost 3000 meters above sea level, this dormant volcano is crowned by a beautiful crater lake at its summit. There is a monastery by the lake, Zuqualla Mariam, which was reputedly founded in the 4th century by St. Gebre Menfes Kidus or Abo. Abo celebrations take place on the 15th of October and the 14th of March each year attended by scores of pilgrims who come to attend the festivities at the church. The forest surrounding the lake is a good place to spot the Colobus Monkey and Grey Duiker while the marshland around the lake harbors the endemic Wattled Ibis. To get to Zuqualla, turn off right after Pyramid Hotel entering Debre Zeit.

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