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

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

Jinbar Falls, Ethiopia
Jinbar Falls / Giustino, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

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.

Jinbar Falls in Ethiopia
Jinbar Falls / Damien Halleux Radermecker, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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.


  1. Almost whole fall is visible in this image by Rob de Hair. Taken in October 9, 2010. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
  2. Images: 1, 2, 3, by Brian J. McMorrow, the 23rd January 2009. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
Jinbar Falls (Jin Bahir Falls) on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 13.2388 N 38.0744 E
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 4 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Africa, Ethiopia, Amhara, Semien Gondar Zone, Simien National Park, falls over the rim of Geech Abyss
Alternate names: Jin Bahir Falls, Jinbar Wenz, Gishe, Geech, Kabal
Height: > 500 m

Landmarks of Ethiopia

Jinbar Falls, Ethiopia
Jinbar Falls / Giustino, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
Ethiopia is very interesting country with rich cultural and natural heritage. Highlights of Ethiopian heritage are its rock cut churches, ancient stelae and megaliths and places, where are found some of the oldest hominins and humans in the world.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

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Negussie Abraha
Negussie Abraha
2 years ago

“Waterfall is located in one of the most dramatic locations of Simien Mountains – in Geech Abyss (Gishe Abbai).”

Geech Abyss and Gishe Abbai (Gish Abbai) are two different places of interest >200 miles apart. As the name indicates, Geech Abyss is about a vertical realm at Geech n the Simien Mountains. Gish Abbai, on the other hand, denotes the springs of the Abbai river; that is, the Nile, near Lake Tana. Gish Abbai simply means Nile Springs.