weekend away - Wonchi Crater Lake
Written by John Downey
A pleasant drive west of Addis Ababa, Wonchi crater lake offers panoramic views from the cone’s expansive rim and serene, secluded paths that wind through its verdant interior .
Wonchi is best described as a peaceful destination, free of urban interruptions. The charm is in its simplicity. Arriving at the lake’s edge, hire a small boat, landing at Deber Island to explore Cherkos Monastery, which sits inconspicuously in a stand of monolithic eucalyptus trees. From here retrace your steps to the rim and take in a last look at Wonchi’s green expanse. Though it is possible to hike the longer route around the lake in a day, consider an overnight stay at the Ambo Ethiopia Hotel in Ambo to slow things down, taking in crystal streams and an old mill. Time your ?nish at the rim with an impressive sunset that paints the caldera’s east side in ever-deepening orange hues.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Distance: 2260 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a week