Wenchi Crater Lake
Wonchi Crater Lake, City of Ambo
Program: Ambo and Wonchi Crater Lake
Tour Code: Addis 09
Duration: Full Day
After Breakfast, We set off driving west on the new Ambo road. We will pass Menagesha Forest to the north of the road, the Holetta River (a tributary of the Awash), the small town of Addis Alem where Menelik II once planned to make his capital, before reaching Ambo. The area between Addis Alem and Ambo contains the intersections of three of Ethiopia’s major river basins: those of the Awash, Omo and Guder. We will stop for some refreshment in the town of Ambo, from where Ethiopia’s most famous mineral water is drawn, before driving to Wenchi Crater Lake , where visitors will see one of the most beautiful sites in Ethiopia - verdant forests, a lake with islands, and all within the crater. We can leave our vehicle here and descend either on foot or on horse, or drive down all the way to the crater to spend some hours walking or horse riding through the forest, visiting the hot springs, and taking a dug-out boat over to the island to visit the Wonchi Cherkos church – constructed in 13 Century by St. Tekle Haymanot and reconstructed by Emperor Zara Yaqob in 15th Century. Late afternoon we will start our journey back to Addis Ababa.
This Itinerary can be amended upon request