Stranded by the lake

Lake Tana is Ethiopia’s largest lake (84km long) and the source of the blue Nile. We were keen to visit as the area is known for its fantastic birdlife and hippos, however travelling down to the north of the lake was going to be quite out of our way.

We were given loose information that a ferry was being serviced in Gorgora harbour, and that it planned to leave the next day. As the ferry hadn’t been in service for two years, we knew travelling to the lake was a bit of a gamble, but we decided it was worth it.

Arriving at the lake it was quickly clear that the ferry wasn’t going to be leaving the next day…in fact it was more likely to be in four days time as the workers wanted to stay and celebrate Timkat in Gorgora.

Pitching our tent by the lake we decided there were much worse places to be stuck for a few days, and decided to take the opportunity to relax and celebrate Timkat in the small village.

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