Town at the South Side of Lake Tana which is the source of the Blue Nile. Connected by Road – 4×4 advised – and Ethiopian Airlines – recommended. Lake Tana, hosts some of the most sacred Monastaries in Ethiopian on its Islands and you can visit them by boat. Expect to make a donation at every one of them and to be dropped off on islands where you will be getting a hard sell from locals selling souvenirs. In Bahir Dar, you can also visit a Palace that Haile Selassie buildt. It is not worth it in itself, but the location is on a hill, so you get a pretty good view over the City and the Lake, you will have to pay an entry fee regardless.
There are several Hotels, the Ghion Hotel is worth mentioning since it has the best location right on the lake and beautiful
grounds. The rooms are hit and miss in their state of repair. Some have showers that work, some don’t. Same goes for the toilets. Check everything before you take the room.
Tississat Falls approx. 30km south of town is am impressive waterfall on the Blue Nile. There is an entry fee and the fee is higher if you have a video camera. Guides will offer their services. You do not need them, just follow the 1-2k trail and you will end up at the place of the picture above.
If you walk the trail further, you can get to the upper side of the falls and cross the river in small boats. Be prepared to haggle and to turn around as needed….
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