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The Bridge of God

By Linda Tancs

In southern Ethiopia the twin lakes of Abaya and Chamo are divided by a spit of land called the Bridge of God, seemingly named for its heavenly nature.  On the Lake Chamo side, its animal inhabitants might seem equally divinely inspired–or otherworldly, depending on your perspective.   For instance, the area sports the world’s largest population of giant crocodiles, measuring nearly 20 feet in length.  A boat trip will take you safely through the so-called crocodile marketplace, where you’ll also see hippos and a magnificent array of birds (including rare species).  The lake’s northern end lies in Nechisar National Park, east of Arba Minch.


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