The erratic road to Wolkefit Pass through the Simien Mountains
Wolkefit Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.905m (9,530ft) above the sea level located in the Semien Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, in Ethiopia.
Is Wolkefit Pass paved?
Set high in the Semien Mountains, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called B30. The pass, also known as Uolchefit or Wilkifit, is the highest point through the Semien Mountains, part of the Ethiopian Highlands. It’s one of the most famous mountain passes of the country.
How long is Wolkefit Pass?
Tucked away within the Simien Mountains National Park, on the northern part of the country, the pass is 38.4 km (23.86 miles) long, running south-north from Debark to Zarima.
When was Wolkefit Pass built?
Built by the Italians in the 1930’s during their brief occupation, this road is steep, with an elevation gain of 2000 meters. Described as “the most dramatic road in Africa”, it features countless curves and hairpin turns, feeling like reaching the top of a roller-coaster ride.