Tis Issat also known as the Blue Nile Falls – an impressive sight south of Lake Tana (Bruno D’Amicis)
Where is Lake Tana?
The source of the Blue Nile River
Cultural heritage – some of the Ethiopian Orthodox churches date back to the 14th century (Bruno D’Amicis)
Nearly 300 bird species live in Lake Tana’s surroundings (Bruno D’Amicis)
Hippo at the Blue Nile outlet – close to Bahir Dar, a city on the shore of Lake Tana (Bruno D’Amicis)
Lake Tana, one of Africa's most unique wetland ecosystems and the source of 50% of Ethiopia's freshwater is located in the north-western part of the Ethiopian Highlands.
Lake Tana and its surrounding areas are situated in the Amhara National Regional State in the north west of Ethiopia. The Regional State's capital city Bahir-Dar is located on the southern shores of the lake.
Approximately 84 kilometres in length and 66 kilometres wide, Lake Tana is Ethiopia's largest lake and, at an elevation of 1840 meters above sea level, it is also the highest lake in Africa. It was formed by volcanic activity around 5 million years ago.
Waters of international significance
Around 40 rivers and streams flow into the lake from its large surrounding watershed area of around 15,000 km2. It is the source of the Blue Nile River, which, after joining with the White Nile in Khartoum , flows through Sudan and Egypt before emerging into the Mediterranean Sea. 85% of the water in the River Nile originates in Ethiopia and the Lake Tana watershed, meaning the area is of significant international importance in ensuring the water supply to all of the countries downstream.
|Lake Tana facts|
|Ethiopian Regional State||Amhara National Regional State|
|Administrative units||The Lake Tana watershed consists of 347 Kebeles and 26 Woredas (districts) and 2 city administrations in four administrative zones|
|Size of Lake Tana||3156 km², stretching 84 km north-south and 66 km east-west|
|Size of Lake Tana watershed||15,096 km²|
Lake Tana and its surrounding wetlands are of immense ecological value and provide the means of existence for millions of people, however increasing human activity is causing the destruction of this unique area. Ecosystems are being degraded through the high pressure on natural resources. mehr →