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Jinbar Falls (Jin Bahir Falls)

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

WorldBlue  In short

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

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GPS coordinates
13.2388 N 38.0744 E
Location, address
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
> 500 m

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WorldYellow In detail

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.

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.

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Negussie Abraha
Negussie Abraha
5 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.