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BY ruta

Dec 2020

A GREEN OASIS + SOURCE OF THE NILE!

It’s so pleasant walking around Bahir Dar. The roads are wide, clean and lined with palm trees. It feels really lush with lots of well-maintained garden spaces. I found the town had a very laid back and calm paced atmosphere. Getting around is easy, lots of ‘Bajaj’s’ (tuk-tuks) can get you pretty much anywhere and for a reasonable price. I was visiting family but there are few main reasons to visit Bahir Dar. 1. Boat trip on Lake Tana. Although a ‘lake’ it is absolutely massive! Boating from one end to the other can take a few hours. There are a number of islands on the lake home to century old Christian monasteries guarded by monks. We visited a few and it is like going back in time, so much feels preserved, beautiful muriels depicting Christian stories like nothing seen anywhere else in the world. The islands are tranquil and so peaceful. The local children sit on the lake edge making and selling their miniature bamboo boats, which you can spot still being used by locals to fish on the lake and if you’re lucky you’ll also spot herds of hippos peepig through the water. 2. The Blue Nile falls. Getting here requires about a 2-hour hike. We didn’t get to do this as it was apparently a bit dry and disappointing the time of year we were visiting. So best to check when is best to go for the most spectacular views as seen in the brochures. Lots of scenic spots, especially from the more upmarket hotels like Kuruftu hotel and Spa, good place to get food if you fancy a more varied menu. Bahir Dar has lots of really delicious juice bars, mango avocado daily!

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