Dense forest that fully covers hills in western part of Lake Tana is Zeghie Peninsula. It is home for interesting natural and cultural attractions.
The peninsula is located 27 km northwest of Bahir Dar that can be reached alternatively by car or motorboat within not more than one hour. The settlement of communities was commenced by Abune Betre Maryam in the 14th C who has changed into the status of the Monastery. The Saint has forbid ploughing of the land and raring animals such as cow, oxen, donkeys and goats with exception of sheep. The local inhabitants lead their livelihood by cultivating plants such as coffe, lemons and Gesho (a plant used for local brewing).
“In the peninsula these plants are not eaten by monkeys; the believers say the animals were ordained by the founder not destroy their planted assets”.
The peninsula’s another feature is that it has seven churches with their rich historical and cultural significances, most of which were founded in 13th c and 14th c. Females are allowed to visit the churches.