Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls
After having a chance to settle in at your hotel in Bahir Dar, embark on a cruise of Lake Tana, the largest highland lake in Ethiopia and also the source of the Blue Nile, a fact that may explain many of Ethiopia's links with the ancient world. Even today, the papyrus tankwa that sail on the lake bear a striking resemblance to the boats of Ancient Egypt. Step ashore on the Zege Peninsula to visit Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mihret monasteries, two of the many medieval churches that can be found around the coast and on the islands of Lake Tana. The latter is a striking circular church built in the 14th century with an amazing variety of colourful and lively murals. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon (subject to water levels - see note below) depart to the spectacular Blue Nile Falls (below) – which plunge some 150 feet over a 400 feet wide section of cliffs.
The Blue Nile Falls - due to the construction of a hydro-electric plant further upstream the volume of water has much reduced in recent years and in the dry season many visitors have felt the excursion is no longer worth making. Your guide will advise you of the up-to-date situation.