How to visit Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar sits on the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia's biggest lake. It is typically the first stop outside of Addis along the historic north circuit.

Most people spend just a day or two in Bahir Dar before continuing their journey. The main attractions here are the boat trips out across Lake Tana, and an afternoon excursion to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls

There are many islands on Lake Tana, and these islands are home to ancient monasteries and churches built centuries ago. Beyond the monasteries, a trip across the lake is a great chance to spot the wildlife around the park, including huge groups of Great White Pelicans, as well as hippos and reptiles. 

A short drive from Bahir Dar is the Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia's most famous waterfall. If you are visiting between June and October, the waterfall will be running at its full force and the surrounding countryside will be verdant as the flowers are in full bloom following the rainy season. 

Bahir Dar has a decent selection of accommodation options, with the lakeside Kuriftu Resort being the best available in the town. 

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We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:

  1. We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

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Blue Nile Falls

Blue Nile Falls in Bahir Dar

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Lake Tana

Pelicans on Lake Tana in Ethiopia

Often the first stop along Ethiopia's northern circuit, the lakeside town of Bahir Dar is your launchpad onto Lake Tana. Flamingos and hippos roam these waters, and ancient …

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Kuriftu Resorts

Kuriftu Resorts

Kuriftu is fast becoming the biggest and most popular boutique lodging chain in Ethiopia. There are currently lodges in Bahir Dar, Bishoftu, and Adama, and each have their own …

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