Lake Tana

Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana and is the source of the Blue Nile,  hence the connection with the ancient world. Tana was known to the Greeks as Pseboe and was described in Greek literature in the 5th Century. The Ancient Egyptians called it Coloe and the little fishing papyrus canoes or ‘tankwa’ are used on the lake to this day are very similar to the boats of Ancient Egypt.

Of the thirty seven islands, thirty of them have some of the world's oldest churches and monasteries dating back to the 13th century. In many of these monasteries, women are not allowed in but there are some on the lake shore for example Debre Maryum.

Not far from here is a bridge, built by the Portuguese in 1620, over the Blue Nile where it starts it’s long journey north to meet the White Nile in  Khartoum, Sudan.
The bird life is great and you are likely to see hippos and crocs.

Approximately, 35 km from Bahir Dar, there is the Blue Nile Falls or Tis asat Although much of the water is now diverted to a power dam, it is still a spectacular sight: smaller than Niagara Falls, but amazingly scenic. The falls are at their majestic from September to December after the rainy season.



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