Posted By on July 12, 2018

Bahir Dar and the surroundings

One of the destinations in the historic root (north) is Bahir Dar which is 573 kilometers from Addis Ababa, accessible by good Asphalt Road and daily by plane. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Tana, its altitude is 1820 meters above sea level. It is a base for excursions to Lake Tana and Blue Nile falls.
Lake Tana: It is one of the largest lakes in Ethiopia and it is also the source of Blue Nile. It has an area of 3600 square kilometers, it has many churches and monasteries; most of the churches are built during the Medieval period.
The churches and monasteries have historical and cultural interest. Some are decorated with beautiful paintings and are the repository of innumerable treasures. Both the islands and peninsula of Lake Tana can be reached by boat from the port Bahirdar.
Blue Nile falls: Locally known as ‘Tis Isat’ (the water that smokes), it is 32 kilometers from Bahirdar.
It is one of the largest spectacular water falls in Africa, depending on seasonal fluctuation the level of the water changes.
Blue Nile River is the longest river in the world.
The altitude drops from Lake Tana to the Sudanese frontier.
The Town Bahir Dar has color full market, a variety of handicrafts, weaving products, locally made canoes (Tankuas) which are made of Papyrus, and there is a panoramic view of the town near to the late Emperor Haile Selassie palace; and sometimes Hippos are also seen along the Blue Nile River.

Blue Nile Falls

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