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Lake Ziway, located about 60 miles south of Addis Ababa, is one of the freshwater lakes of the Rift Valley.The town of Ziway lies on the lake's western shore. The lake has five islands, most notably, Tullu Gudo, home to a monastery said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant around the ninth century. The lake is known for its population of birds and hippopotamuses and supports a sustainable fishing industry.

Tradition states that when the Muslim Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi conquered Ethiopia, the Christians of the area took refuge on Lake Ziway's islands. They were further isolated when the Oromo people settled around the lake. When Menelik II conquered the lands around the lake, the lake-dwellers were rediscovered and found to have preserved both their Christian faith and a number of ancient manuscripts.

Learn more about visiting Lake Ziway -on Trip Advisor -on Lonely Planet
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