Blue Nile Falls

Bahir Dar Tours

The Blue Nile Falls

arrow pointing down

The perfect holiday in Bahir Dar

We'll take you to see exquisite artwork in island monasteries, marvel at the Blue Nile Falls and visit the vibrant market of this lakeside town.

The most Westerly of the towns on Ethiopia’s Historical Circuit, Bahir Dar acts as a natural start or end point to trips through the North of the country. It is one of the largest towns outside of Addis Ababa, acting as the capital of the Amhara Region and is home to one of the county’s most pre-eminent Universities. This all ties together to make it one of the more modern cities in Ethiopia, with excellent flight connections to Addis Ababa and the other towns frequently visited on an Ethiopia Historical Circuit holiday, as well as being a 4-hour gentle drive from Gondar. The town is found on the Southern shore of Lake Tana, so retains a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year.

From a historical perspective, the main attraction of visiting Bahir Dar is the chance to visit the Lake Tana island monasteries, 20 of which are dotted around the lake shore. Architecturally they don’t compare to the churches of Lalibela or castles of Gondar, but they are home to some beautiful murals and it is fascinating to see how much of a key role the monasteries play in the lives of the surrounding villages. Access to the monasteries is by boat, which is a lovely way to explore in itself and offers superb views across the lake back towards town.

Slightly further afield, around 40kms from Bahir Dar, are the Blue Nile Falls where the eponymous river crashes 45 metres over the precipice to create a beautiful spectacle when the river is flowing heavily. In recent years a hydroelectric programme has somewhat limited the amount of water that flows over the falls, but it remains an impressive sight. There is no set schedule as to when water is held back for the power station, so our advice is always to speak to your guide who will find out the daily conditions of the river and you can make a decision as to whether you visit or not.

As one of the more ‘major’ towns in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar is home to a better infrastructure than most and, as such, has more luxurious places to stay than other towns in the North of the country. This is a good place to spend a few additional days for visitors looking to enjoy a little rest and relaxation at the end of the trip. Kuriftu Resort & Spa is a particularly good choice with good food, a lovely swimming pool area overlooking the lake and an excellent spa with a varied range of treatments on offer.

Our favourite Bahir Dar hotels and lodges

Best Places to Stay in Bahir Dar

We're here to help

Call Us - 01768 603 715

Unsure where to start? Give us a call and talk to our team.



Ethiopia Specialist
Enquire Now

Far & Wild Customer Reviews

Find out what our customers think of their adventures!

Read all reviews

First class travel company

Kathy & Family travelled to Kenya and Mauritius in July 2018 on a trip organised by Alistair.

On Holiday At  Il  Moran

A real trip of making memories

Heidi & Family travelled to Malawi in July 2018 on a trip organised by Ben.

A Family Selfie In  Majete

Excellent service from start to finish

Sam & Nick travelled to Kenya in February 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

Sam And Nick On Honeymoon In Kenya

Even in the middle of the Serengeti our Travel Co-ordinator was on hand to sort any hiccups.

June & Steven travelled to Tanzania in February 2019 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Perfect trip to the Masai Mara

Ellie travelled to Kenya in November 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

Our brief was 'Unknown Adventure' and they delivered!

Michael & Teresa travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2018 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Michael Foster Bom Bom Bridge

Plan with an Expert Plan with an Expert

Have a look at our original holiday experiences and then contact us with your brief, or call 01768 603 715

A detailed itinerary in 24hrs A detailed itinerary in 24hrs

Our experts will send you a detailed holiday itinerary within 24 hours. It's our service promise to you.

Value Guarantee Value Guarantee

Tailor-made doesn't mean expensive! Ask about our price promise and book with financial security.

A detailed itinerary in 24 hours

Speak to a Ethiopia expert to start planning your adventure

  • Ben


    Ethiopia Specialist

  • Ali


    Ethiopia Specialist

Call an expert on

01768 603 715