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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You are taken past a bunch of craft shops with aggressive salespeople and the same overpriced goods to get to the monastery. The monastery itself was interesting enough but I wouldn’t consider it one of the more significant places to visit in Ethiopia. If you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jsayswhat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely coloured/painted church that is about 0.5km from the docking point for the boats. Walk is uphill but not steep. Ground is rocky and uneven in parts and path is lined by souvenir stalls selling paintings, jewellery and crosses. The museum/ treasury building is underwhelming-...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Kerryn72
Reviewed 13 October 2018

We arranged with Solomon of Ethio Target Tours (Bahir Dar Hotel), for a spotlessly clean launch for the 1 hour cruise to Zege Peninsula. Arriving at Ura Port, we nestled in beside several other launches and the large daily ferry that was embarking a crowded...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Gene R J
Reviewed 1 October 2018

By speed boat this place can be reached in 30 minutes. The path from the pier up the hill to the monastery is walled with souvenir shops and according to the guide, a lot of the income for the villagers comes from the sales. You...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LPekkala
Reviewed 12 April 2018

We took the boat from our hotel and docked at Ura, after which it is an easy stroll through the forest to the monastery, which is really lovely and well preserved. The paintings are less old (16C) and have been restored and are fascinating in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Ilse020
Reviewed 20 March 2018

A very hilarious experience, they way most aspects of the monastery were preserved since 14th century with the big wooden door of the church made form Fig Tree still undisturbed by the nature was really amazing but to it gives a lot of insight into...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ghaols
Reviewed 5 March 2018

I came by boat to the little pier on Zegie Penisula, a pleasant calm crossing with a hippo or two on the way. The peninsula is heavily wooded with wild Arabica plants spread throughout. The locals gather the bean, roast etc. and serve it in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Chrisbeeoxford
Reviewed 7 January 2018

We had a happy reunion with the wall paintings (on canvas - which is rare) of the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula on Lake Tana, Ethiopia. About 1 hour by boat (a little one!) from Bahir Dar. Famous and fabulous. Rightly so....More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Tanja S
Reviewed 6 January 2018

From the boat landing it's 10 minutes walk to the church, passing through an endless series of people peddling goods for tourists. The church itself is definitely worth the trip, as it comes across as a solemn, peaceful and isolated place with a rich history....More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank ohlnielsen
Reviewed 17 November 2017

When you are in Ethiopia, Bahirdar is a must visit place. Lake Tana and all the monasteries are real tourist attractions. Blue Nile Falls is another must visit attraction in Bahirdar

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Dhinakaran N
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