First up a bit of honesty, we did not spend more than a few hours in the town itself. Therefore our impressions are going to be rather limited. So impressions of Bahir Dar were positive, the town is clean and has a more modern/ western feel than any of the other towns that we have visited.
People describe Bahir Dar as the 'Riviera of Ethiopia', personally, I am not sure that Bahir Dar comes anywhere close to a Riviera but then again this is a landlocked country and anything close to the water I suppose would/ could be classed as a Riviera. We were told that the town does have some the better hotels and restaurants in Ethiopia, unfortunately, we did not have the chance to try them out.
We opted for a road transfer from Gondar to Bahir Dar and what a scenic drive it was.
On arrival in town, we were whisked away for a tour of Lake Tana, Entos Eyesu Monastery as well as the Blue Nile Falls. See links and opinions below.
Bahir Dar Ethiopia
Lake TanaLake Tana is Ethiopia's largest lake and covers some 3673 square kilometres whilst being 85 Km long and 66 km at its widest but is rather shallow at a maximum depth of only 15 metres. The lake is also reported to be the source of the Blue Nile River which drains out of the lake near Bahir Dar.
Entos Eyesu MonasteryThe boat ride from the main land to the monastery island is maybe 20 to 25 minutes in duration but a scenic boat ride over Lake Tana all the same. The walk through the Entos Eyesu Monastery and up to the church is all through thick tropical forest stopping along the way to see a small museum and crafts stall.
Blue Nile FallsThe height of the falls is around the 40-metre mark and in full flood, they can span almost 700 metres. In full flood, I reckon these falls could compete with many of the more famous water falls in Africa. For those interested in birding, bring your big lenses with. The birdlife is simply amazing along the banks of this river.