Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana which by some complication is not the source of the Blue Nile. The city, Ethiopia’s third largest grew from a Jesuit settlement, founded in the sixteenth or seventeenth century, and is home to one of Emperor Haile Selassie’s palaces. On the islands in the lake there are some of the world’s oldest churches and monasteries.
The main attraction is known locally as Tis Isat – ‘Smoke of Fire’ the Blue Nile Falls is dramatic spectacle on the Blue Nile rivers. Four hundred metres (1,312 feet) wide when in flood, and dropping over a sheer chasm more than forty-five metres (150 Feet) deep the falls throw up a continuous spray of water, which drenches onlookers up to a kilometre away. This misty deluge produces rainbows, and a small perennial rainforest of lush green vegetation, which in turn attracts numerous monkeys and multi-coloured birds to the area.