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BAHIR DAR

Taking the historic route north from Addis Ababa, the first stop is Bahir Dar, 560 km north of the capital, accessible by road and air daily, is located on the southern shore of Lake Tana close to the Nile outlet. Ethiopia is associated first and foremost with desert and drought – not a little ironic, when you consider that the fertile Nile basin, on which Egypt depends, receives 90% of its water from the Ethiopian highlands particularly this Blue Nile River.

Bahir Dar, set at an altitude of 1830 m, is a comfortable base for excursion by land and water to the Blue Nile waterfalls and a number of historic lake-side churches and monasteries. Blue Nile Falls locally known as ‘Tis Isat' (the water that smokes), about 30 km after it exits Lake Tana, plunges over a 45 m high rock face to form one of Africa's most spectacular waterfalls. Lake Tana , with the surface area of 3673 sq km, is the largest lake in Ethiopia . Besides being the source of the Blue Nile, Lake Tana is renowned for its varied birdlife as well as housing on its islands and peninsulas more than 20 monastic churches most of which were founded in or before the 15 th century, and are still in service today. The town's colourful open markets, a variety of handicrafts and weaving centres, locally made canoes (tankwas) along with panoramic viewpoint nearby the Late Emperor's palace which is an ideally point to observe the most magnificent African sunset worth a couple of hours visit.

 
National Parks in Ethiopia
  • Semien Mountains National Park (North)
  • Bale Mountains National Park (Southeast)
  • Nech SAR National Park (South)
  • Mago National Park (South)
  • Omo National Park (South)
  • Awash National Park (East)
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