blue_NileBahir Dar is a pleasant city, 575 km north of Addis. Its has avenues lined with palm trees and plants and is located on the southern bank of Lake Tana, the biggest lake of Ethiopia.

Of note are its main market and the former palace of Haile Selassie, from which you can enjoy a splendid view over the Nile Valley.

Just 35 km east of the city there are the waterfalls of the Blue Nile, called “Tiss Isat” (Smoke Fire), which in 1770 were described by the English explorer Bruce James as follows:“the river […] fell in a single stream of water about half a mile wide. Almost a fog completely surrounded the waterfall […]. It was a magnificent spectacle.”