Semien Mountains
October 4, 2018
Addis Ababa
December 6, 2018

Mount Zuqualla (also spelled Zuquala or Chuqqaala) is an extinct volcano in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Situated in Ada’a Chukala woreda of the (East) Shewa Zone, it rises from the plain 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Bushooftuu. With a height of 2,989 metres (9,806 ft), it is known for its crater lake, lake Dembel, an elliptical crater lake with a maximum diameter of about one kilometer, but the trail around the crater is about 6 kilometers long.[1] Both the mountain and the lake is a holy site to the Oromo living nearby.[2] The ambivalent attitude regarding the holiness of the mountain is seen in the Oromo proverb: “Those who live far away worship it, those who live nearby plow it.”

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