Bahir Dar Travel Guide

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    Bahir Dar
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Bahir Dar Things to Do

  • Ura Kidane Mehret

    By boat you can access this monastery , preferably in the morning cause the waves on the lake aren't as strong as in the afternoon.Trips can be booked from the Ghion Hotel for a reasonable price. Just ask if there is a boat leaving the next morning and ask to join. We paid 100 birr each (and another 10 or so to access the monastery).Although I am...

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  • Martyrs' Memorial Monument

    We found out about this site through the Lonely Planet guide. But the people at the reception desk were quite surprised to learn that the monument is actually listed in it. Likewise, we were astounded by the sheer size of this monument. Dedicated to the men and women who fought the Derg, the communist Committee that ruled Ethiopia from 1974 to...

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  • A boat trip on Lake Tana

    There are different boat trips possible, the cheapest would be by ferry, 6.30 am 50 Birr to Zege peninsula walk there past some monasteries (Ura Kidane Meret, Bete Maryam) to Azwa village, back from there by minibus or ferry. Or go near the Marine Authority Boat & Ferry Launch in Bahir Dar where you wait until there are enough people to share a...

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  • Painting exhibition

    The Martyrs Memorial Monument (see my other tip) also houses a permanent exhibition of paintings by (contemporary) Ethiopian painters. As I remember most of these were realistic, and some were surprisingly good.

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  • Boat tour price

    Before decide to join a boat tour ,you can check some official price written on the board ,It’s the price from Lake Tana private boat tour association.This signboard is located by the lake near Gion hotel.The price to 3 monasteries like.. to Zegai,Kepran gebriel and Beta mariam cost 500 Birr( per boat)for metal boat, and 800 Birr for fiver boat. 5...

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  • Blue Nile Falls

    A few kilometers from Bahir Dar you'll find the Blue Nile Falls.You can arrange transport from Ghion Hotel where many tourists unite and where daily trips are being organised or directly at the bus station. I don't remember the exact price of the transport but it was something in the range of €1-€2.To get to the falls you have to hike a little...

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Bahir Dar Hotels

  • Kuriftu Resort and Spa

    Bahar Dar, Ethiopia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Tana Hotel

    beautiful location nice rooms nice view to lake unfortunately the service is very slow...very poor...

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  • Ghion Hotel

    I didn’t stay in Gion ,after read so many report of complaint about service and everything,but I...

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Bahir Dar Restaurants

  • The most beautiful surroundings

    Lakeshore recomendationIn Ethiopia, Bahirdar, there is a restaurant called Lakeshore. 2014 On Tuesday the 7th of October, around 11 o`clock am, me and two of my children 11 and 1 years old visited this place. It is easy to access, from the main street it is about 10 minutes’ walk, but I don’t think I would walk it in the night since there are no...

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  • Free Wifi

    Ghion Hotel has free wifi and a nice outor cafe on the lake. I can´t recomment their food (my fried eggs had a rather strange taste) but watching the lake and using the (slow) wifi with a drink is quite nice.

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  • Open air restaurant with lake view

    The Ghion Hotel is apparently where all the backpackers go. It is situated right alongside Lake Tana. We had lunch at their open air restaurant. After we'd finished our lunch we rented a local bajaj that took us to the Martyrs' Memorial Monument. We had spicy fish with bread, and drank guave juice.

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  • Hotel restaurant

    Hotel restaurant. Ethio star hotel ,they has restaurant on 3rd floor ,has indoor and corridor part.I didn’t try to have any food but just drink a little before sleeping.Here is St .George beer ,one of the most famous beer in Ethiopia.The price for 3 beers, one macchiato and 1 water in this hotel was only 70 Birr.,very cheap ,I thought it’ll be much...

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  • Lake shore restaurant

    The first night,I need good food to get more energy.After walking around ,I found this hotel restaurant of "Lake shore resort".It located right by the lake shore.When I arrived ,it’s already dark but it’s ok.We chose table by the lake,still has some good feeling that we are sitting by the lake.Just prepare mosquito cream and put it on every where...

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  • delicious hotel restaurant

    http://www.summerbahirdar.com/very nice food , very friendly service..good price various from pasta over local food to salad and soup

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Bahir Dar Transportation

  • From airport to hotel

    Right after walking out of airport area,there are many hotel's representative standing around with the hotel name cards calling for customer.Some of them carrying 2 hotels name cards.They know each other and help each other to bring customer to hotel.Save cost ,save petrol.In my case I took some other hotel‘s mini bus sending me to my hotel for...

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  • Bahir Dar airport

    At the moment we were in Bahir Dar ,Bahir Dar airport terminal were under renovation so we have to use temporary building like this in the second pic . I was in the front seat so can get off first ,and actually I almost walk past this “unusual building” but luckily I looked up and see the sign “ arrival “ and “luggage” …. a bit surprised !...

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  • Flying to Bahir Dar

    1 and 2..Approaching Bahir Dar,we can see lake Tana and a little bit of Bahir Dar.3.Heart shape islands that a monastery situated on it as well.

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Bahir Dar Shopping

  • Market

    The Bahir Dar market is a typical African, dense Market with a lot of vegetables, clothes, tools, spices and so on. Need I say more? Easy to loose yourself here.

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  • THE MARKET

    You cannot miss the main market here in Bahir Dar. This place is massive. Everything is sold here from food, spices, clothes, plastic goods, you name it. Unlike Addis Ababa part of the market is open after dark, but I would avoid it then. This is a great way to see real African life and pick up anything you need cheaply. Remember that you will get...

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  • BUY A REED BOAT

    At some of the Lake Monasteries you will be greeted by kids who want to sell you models of reed boats. These are neat miniatures of the real thing and they are hand made. The kids will ask you for 20-30 Birr. Please pay 5-10 and no more. Mine is proudly on my bookshelf.

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Bahir Dar Local Customs

  • Tourist guide.

    As I mentioned before about a guide name Mola.He is a good guide and a professional one.As there are so many people in Ethiopia consider “tourist guide” is a very good job and make very good income.That’s why many people try to be a guide,but not all are official professional one.If you mind about official one ,you can ask to see their “guide...

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  • Local Wedding

    When we were staying at Ghyon Hotel, we were lucky to assist to the marriage of a young local couple. They decided to do the celebration at the hotel’s gardens so we took a seat, asked for a beer to toast for their happiness and took some pictures.No traditional dresses, bride and groom plus customs had in general an occidental look. Women were...

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  • Rainy season in Bahir Dar

    Going to Ethiopia during the heavy rainy season (from June to September) means to have a shower almost everyday. When it rains, IT REALLY RAINS. In Bahir Dar usually it started raining by 7.00 -8.00 pm so it was never a problem for our day tours. But it was also in Bahir Dar where storm and rain were heavier (see the pictures), being the air...

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Bahir Dar Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist scam at Ura Kidane Mehret

    On the island of Ura Kidane Mehret 's monastery you find incredibly much tourist shops. I felt like walking in Lourdes (France) over there.Although the sellers aren't as pushy as in many West-African countries, it can get on your nerves after a while. Additionally, the prices are a multiple of the prices that you can find in Addis, so think twice...

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  • MALARIA

    Bahir Dar is in the Malarial Zone. Most of Ethiopia is highlands and too high for mosquitoes. Unfortunately Bahir Dar is flat and low. The local government has made a lot of efforts to eradicate the mosquitoes and standing water in recent years. A local told me that you used to see people in the streets with malaria, but not recently. This does not...

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  • The Church, of course!

    Be sure: Ethiopian priests don’t care about tourists’ souls, they prefer their wallets. Anytime I felt ripped off in Ethiopia , there was a priest around (well, once "the thief" was a taxi driver but that sounds more a normal thing). Some illustrative examples:*Kebran Gabriel Church, on Lake Tana (Bahir Dar). Only men allowed. Our boys paid the...

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Bahir Dar Tourist Traps

  • IS IT FREE?

    HELLO!You are looking at a tip I have not added content to yet. If you need information about this now, please email me and I will update it immediately. Thank you for your patience.DAO

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  • Guides in Tis Abay Falls

    When you go to Tis Abay Falls, you will find many guides willing to help you as you go down the bus. Most are just local guys who want to earn some dollars. If you just wanna get there and be back you can bargain with them. Don't pay more than 20B, it's the normal fee.But if you want "official guides", head to the Tickets Box office (at the end of...

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  • Blue Nile Falls- not what it used to...

    this isnt the tourist location it used to be!!!! be warned that there is now a dam and prepare to be highly dissapointed. they will tell you that the dam will be open/off on the weekend but it is not true. tour the monasteries on lake tana via boat!

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Bahir Dar What to Pack

  • Bring a rain coat

    It is advisable to bring a rain coat when visiting the Blue Nile Falls because when standing close to the waterfall you inevitably get wet! Also take care with your camera because of this.

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  • SUN SCREEN LOTION

    Bahir Dar is one of the lowest and flattest places in Ethiopia. If you have been travelling in the highlands, you can almost forget just how close to the Equator you are. Bahir Dar is hot and very sunny, except during the rainy season. You really need high factor sun tan lotion. I would suggest that you buy it before you come as there is a 100%...

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  • WET WIPES

    Why should babies be the only ones to have these hygienic wipes? I don’t know why, but the adult version of this fantastic travel product always seem to be more expensive than the kids version, even though what’s inside is exactly the same. You need to use your right hand to eat food in Ethiopia. Good luck to you if you are left handed. Sometimes...

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Bahir Dar Off The Beaten Path

  • Hippos at the bridge

    If you are short in time or not lucky to see hippos on the boat trip, just go to the bridge (Nile) in Bahir Dar, go down to the water where people are cleaning the cars and search. Some Hippos are just there, easy to see.

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  • Visit Blue Nile Falls!

    Feel the awesome power of nature...!Also known as Tis Abay or Tis Issat...It's more than an hour's bus ride from Bahir Dar... and a short (but potentially perilous in wet conditions) hike.Be forewarned, the falls might appear as just a trickle at times if the hydroelectric power dam nearby is in operation... which may be sorely disappointing... but...

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  • Tis Isat - Blue Nile Falls

    About 30km from Bahir Dar is the place called Tis Isat, better known as the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are about 400 metres wide and 45 metres high. The original name is Tis Abay which means Smoke of the Nile. It must be very impressive to see the volume of water pouring down into a narrow gorge. This is possible during the rainy season but during...

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Bahir Dar Favorites

  • Pelican spotting on the lake

    Our guide on the boat told us that there is a fish market somewhere not far from the center of Bahir Dar on the lake where the fish is being sold around noon.After that the sellers throw the waste in the water to feed the pelicans... If you want to watch them, ask your boat driver to get you there around 1pm for some bird spotting!

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  • The Blue Nile

    Coming by bus from Addis Abeba you cross the Blue Nile by this elegant bridge built by the italians in the first half of the XX century. The Blue Nile is the Ethiopian branch of the river, that later, in Jartum, joins the main river to end up in Egypt. The Blue Nile crossing is an amazingly beautiful landscape, the bus has to go down to the bottom...

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  • Chat

    The Chat grown in the region of Bahir Dar is supposed to be the best in the country. Many chat fields can be seen from the Gondar - Bahir Dar road.

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