|Amhara youth paddling his papyrus Tankwa past a flock of pelicans|
|Fishermen with papyrus canoes (Tankwa) resting in the shade of a fig tree|
|Blue Nile Gorge, south of Lake Tana, as the river flows to Sudan and on to Egypt and the Mediterranean|
After building a Tankwa, the mountains of northern Amharaland kept calling me. The Amhara people are one of the most populous tribes of Ethiopia, dominating the highlands of the north country. The are the shepards of the Simien Mountains, a World Heritage Site and completely unique ecosystem of 4000 meter high plateau, whose baboon and ibex covered cliffs simply drop of the edge of the world, heading north to Eritrea.
|A troop of baboons feeding on the edge of a cliff|
I spent three nights with my Turkish friend Haydar, hiking along the cliffs among troops of baboons, watching out for the Simien Wolf, Hyenas, Jackals, incredible eagles and the Walia Ibex, a species unique to Ethiopia. My wilderness addiction has been satisfied. All I can say is wow. Go to the Simien Mountains and see for yourself, watch that self change.
|Standing on the edge of the Simien Mountains|