Bahir Dar Tour Package
1, Lake Tana Monastry
Package LAKE -01 (five Hours Guided Boat Tour )
Package LAKE-02( three Hour Guided Boat Tour )
Package LAKE-03( oneHour Guided Boat Tour )
Package LAKE-04( Full DayGuided Boat Tour )
2. Blue Nile Water Falls
Package Blue Nile -01 (four Hours Drive & short Hike )
Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara reign , lies at the southern end of Lake Tana, 1830 meters above sea level. It has all rounded facilities and serves as a major gateway to the main attractions of the region. With its wide avenues of palms & flamboyant trees and its scenic location near Lake Tana, Bahir Dar is well known for its many churches, Bezawit Palace, open air market, time memorial papyrus boats and lake side resorts,traditional music , weyto vilage etc.
Bahir Dar is the ideal centers from which to explore Lake Tana, the island monasteries, and the Blue Nile Falls
Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, situated north of the beautiful town of Bahir Dar is the source from where the famous Blue Nile starts its long journey to Khartoum, and on to the Mediterranean.
There are 37 islands that are scattered about the surface of Lake Tana, out of which some 20 shelter churches and monasteries of immense historical and cultural interest.
Along the lakeshore bird life, both local and migratory visitors, make the site an ideal place for birdwatchers. The whole of the lake Tana region and the Blue Nile gorge host a wide variety of birds both endemic and migratory visitors.
Blue Nile Falls
The “Smoking Water” falls of the Blue Nile are one of the most spectacular sights on the whole of the Nile system. The Blue Nile leaves Lake Tana and travels for around 30 km through papyrus thickets and fields before plunging over a sheer chasm, cascading 45 meters and thundering onto the bare rocks below. The mists and water droplets catch the sunlight, splitting it into rainbows. Over thousands of years this natural phenomenon has created a lush spray-soaked rainforest of green vegetation, home to beautiful Yellow-fronted Parrots, White-throated Seedeaters, Black-winged Lovebirds, White-cheeked Touracos and Vervet Monkeys.
Bezawit Hill is site of the former summer palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I and is located about 5km south of the city down a road lined with fragrant Jaracanda plants and flamboyant Flame trees. The palace, constructed in the 1950s, is not currently open to visitors, but has two magnificent viewpoints from the 1,890m-high hill, both in front and behind the palace, which offer amazing panoramic views over Lake Tana, the Blue Nile and Bahir Dar.
Lake Tana and its wetlands provide an invaluable habitat for the truly spectacular and unique birdlife that flourishes around the lake. Located in the Horn of Africa, it is a key location for birds migrating between Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 300 bird species have been recorded around Lake Tana,
Explore the dense, lush forest on the Zege Peninsula. Hiking and walking trails lead you through the undergrowth in this, one of the few intact indigenous forests in northern Ethiopia. Let your senses rejuvenate in the green paradise where brilliant red wild coffee cherries catch your eye and the calls of vervet monkeys, parrots and hornbills are music to your ears. The forest is alive, and in the now, but emerging into small clearings, you can discover the monasteries and churches that are our links back to an ancient world.
The monastery of Debre Maryam is one of the nearest monasteries from Bahir dar . A friendly priest welcomes all visitors and is happy to show you the ancient manuscripts stored there ,
Set on a hill around 100m above the lake, a short trek up a winding path brings you . the monastery of DagaEstefanos. This monastery is of real historic interest, housing brightly coloured ceremonial robes, a 16th century painting of the Madonna and the mummified remains of five Ethiopian emperors, displayed for visitors to view in modern, glass-sided coffins. It will take 2:30 -3:00 hours by moderate speed boat from Bahir Dar to reach this monastery. Only men are permitted to enter this monastery due to religious reasons.
Narga Selassie, which means ‘Trinity of the Rest’, was built on Dek Island, the largest island of Lake Tana in the late 18th century. The church is one of the most peaceful and atmospheric on Lake Tana and is set in an extremely beautiful location. It will take 3:00 -3:30 hours by moderate speed boat from Bahir Dar to reach this monastery.
TanaCherkos is a small island monastery where it is said the Ark of the Covenant was hidden for 800 years before being brought to its final resting place in Aksum. The shores of the island are covered with a dense forest strip which is home to majestic fish eagles. It takes around three hours to reach this monastery by boat from Bahir Dar.
one of the most beautiful and atmospheric of the monasteries of Lake Tana, Kebran Gabriel is no longer open to the public inside the church , but can see the museums , It was founded in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 17th century. It is located the closest to Bahir Dar. The round roof is supported by twelve pillars made from carved stones symbolising the twelve apostles. It will take 30 minutes by moderate speed boat to reach this monastery and is often visited on the way to Zege peninsula. Only men are permitted to enter this monastery due to religious reasons.