STT 002/Addis – Debrezeit - Ziquala Monastery - Addis
Tour Code: STT 002
Debre Zeit (Bishoftu): The town located at about 47 km southeast of Addis, on the main Addis-Djibouti road, is an easily accessible popular recreation and resort town for overnight visitors and weekend excursionists throughout the year. Bishoftu’s tourist offer is characterized by a cluster of volcanic crater Lakes and popular spiritual sites found around the town. Because of its low altitude (up to 1850 masl), Bishoftu for the Oromo people at Lake Hora has a warm climate. The major resort lakes are: Lake Hora Arsade, Lake Bishoftu, Lake Babogaya, Lake Kuriftu, Lake Kilol and Lake Magarsa.
Mt. Ziquala and its Monastery: Located at a distance of 27 km southwest from Debre-Zeit town, it is the highest peak in the Central Rift Valley reaching as high as 2989m above sea level. This elevation has made it a watch tower of the Central Rift Valley region with cool climate on the top. It is covered with tick highland forest where the beautiful Columbus Monkeys and various bird species inhabit.
The mountain is accessible to the top either for mountain climbers on foot or by four wheel drives through a 9 km long winding road. The Mountain also provides the following considerable attractions:
Excellent panoramic view of the surrounding area:
The Church of Abbo, 500 years old Monastery and a newly built St. Mary Church by Emperor Haile Selasie and old religious manuscripts written on well prepared goat hides known as (‘Birana’) and many more pilgrimage attractions.