Bahir Dar is a large town that has grown since the 1950’s. It’s palm-lined avenues and pretty lakeside vistas give a tropical ambience. Situated at the southern end of Lake Tana, it provides an excellent base from which to explore the historic sites. Lake Tana has 37 islands. Churches and monasteries have been built on twenty of the islands. While boating on the lake, hippos and pelicans, amongst other wildlife can be seen. The markets are well worth visiting, but if you are pushed for time go to the fish market first. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile, which eventually flows into the Egyptian delta.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.