Yes, the 45 m 400 metre wide falls would have been impressive if the dam had not been built or if it was at the end of the rainy season. Known locally as Tis Abay (Smoke of the Nile).
Across the stone Agam Dildi / Portuguese Bridge built c1620 under Emperor Susenyos and it was a short 30 minute most leisurely walk to the main viewpoint. To me it became a photographic study of the trees along the way.
Having a relatively clean 1 birr note, I had to repeat what I did in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali Indonesia: 50,000 Rp note http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bruceontour/8/1342213078/tpod.html and again at Copan, Honduras: 1 Lempira note http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bruceontour/10/1387297158/tpod.html and have my photo taken holding the note with the actual scene behind me.
The Swiss built new suspension bridge brought us to the second viewpoint and then down to the river bed beneath the falls for some slow shutter speed photography. No rainbow today at the falls.
Passing the fields of maize, chat, shallots, cabbage and more locals with their souvenirs, it was a short boat ride across the river on the tankwa ferry to Tis Abay town where our Coaster was waiting for us and then the return African massage ride back to Bahir Dar.
Dinner was as expected another fish item off the hotel menu. Wanted whole fish but they had none so it was Fish Cutlet - Tilapia fish, scramble bread, egg, lemon 73 birr / NZ$4.90 / US$3.60, Walia and 2 Cokes 148 birr / NZ$9.90 / US$7.30.
Blue Nile Falls
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia