HIGHLIGHTS Sun 28 Dec: Bahir Dar, Blue Nile Falls

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia
Saint Gabriel Celebration Bahir Dar

Flying low over Lake Tana the hour's flight from Addis to Bahir Dar touched down. To my surprise, we were at a small regional airport yet each of us had our temperatures checked (ebola).

111,964 km was the start speedometer reading of Benjamin’s Toyota Coaster 22 seater bus. Wonder what it will be in 14 day’s time?

First stop was to join the throngs of locals dressed in white going to their local church for Saint Gabriel celebration.




African Massage

Lunch at the Lake Shore Resort where their fish foil was recommended.

We all whether we liked it or not, it was an African massage on the 40 km dusty road to see the Blue Nile Falls.



Blue Nile Falls

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.

It became a photographic study of the trees along the way.

The Swiss built new suspension bridge brought us to the second viewpoint and then down to the river bed beneath the falls. 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.

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