Guzara Castle – Ethiopia’s Camelot

Guzara Castle offers spectacular views over the lake. Its strong walls have stood watching over Lake Tana for at least four centuries. Thought to have built by Emperor Sarsa Dengal in 1572, the castle is still an impressive sight, and, although in ruins, is a fine example of the architectural style of the early Gondarine period, which developed from the many influences from Central Europe, Turkey and Portugal. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guzara Castle is located in the north-east of the biosphere reserve, on the road between Bahir Dar and Gondar, around 25km north of the town of Addis Zemen.