Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Bahar Dar, Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls

October 27, 2013  —  Ethiopia

Bahar Dar and Lake Tana

Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia

Bahar Dar, located at the southern tip of Lake Tana, is a nice town with many palm tree-lined streets and a nice walk along the lake's shore. We stayed there a few days in order to see the town and above all to make a trip on the lake to see some churches (see the next blog).

The town has many hotels and restaurants and it is a very enjoyable place to stop for a few days. The daily market is also interesting.

Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Bahar Dar market
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Grains of all sorts.
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Lake Tana.
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Trip to the churches.
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia
A fisherman setting a net.
Bahar Dar and Lake Tana - Ethiopia

Many locals still use these traditional boats, named Tankwa. They are made from the papyrus which is a plant similar to a reed. Stems are packed together in order to make a boat.

It is the same plant that was used to make the famous paper by the Ancient Egyptians.

Blue Nile Falls

For a number of years, a dam diverts much of the water that once flowed into the Blue Nile Falls. When I was there in 2001 with Karavaniers, the falls were 3-4 times larger. Nevertheless, it is still a very nice place for a stroll in the country side.

Before the dam, there was water flowing down all along the rocky cliff behind and to the right of the rainbow. There was a much bigger volume of water.

Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia
Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia
Going to the falls.
Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia
Meeting the locals.
Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia

What is better than a good coffee with this nice lady.

All right, I don't drink coffee... Gitane took a coffee and I took a soft drink.

Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia
Blue Nile Falls - Ethiopia
Portuguese Bridge build at the time of King Fasilidas.