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Jinbar Falls (Jin Bahir Falls)

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 13.2388 N 38.0744 E
No:242        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:Africa, Ethiopia, Amhara, Semien Gondar Zone, Simien National Park, falls over the rim of Geech Abyss
Height:> 500 m
Alternate names:Jin Bahir Falls, Jinbar Wenz, Gishe, Geech, Kabal
Jinbar Falls, Ethiopia
Jinbar Falls / Giustino, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

One of the tallest waterfalls in Africa is the little known Jinbar Falls, which are more than 500 m high.

Jinbar Falls
Jinbar Falls / Justin Clements, Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Jinbar Falls
Jinbar Falls / Damien Halleux Radermecker, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Waterfall is located in one of the most dramatic locations of Simien Mountains - in Geech Abyss (Gishe Abbai). This narrow, canyon like abyss is considered to be up to 800 m deep.

Jinbar river (Jinbar Wenz) is some 9 km long stream, collecting the precipitation of the northernmost part of Simien Plateau. This land is covered with unusual ecosystem - alpine grassland dominated by giant lobelias, while deeper in valleys grows a forest of Erica.

As the river reaches the abyss, it falls in it from an impressive canyon. Thus their height is less than the depth of abyss but nevertheless - more (possibily a lot more) than 500 m.

The river drops like a thin line down. At half of the falls water is turned in mist. Fall is not entirely in a single plunge - it hits the nearly vertical cliff several times, especially if wind drives it into the cliffs. At the base it forms a smaller cascade.

At rainy weather the falls become very impressive, but some water here is all the time.


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