Introduction to Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar, which means “by the side of the sea“ in the Amharic language, is a port city located on the southern shore of Lake Tana.
The expansive lake creates a beautiful backdrop for this attractive city, with Palm and Jacaranda trees lining its streets. Fascinating architecture and a myriad of restaurants and shops make this an excellent destination to explore at leisure.
Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia, started as a Jesuit settlement around the 16th and 17th centuries. Emperor Halie Selassie considered moving the national capital here and one of his palaces stands near the city.
Bahir Dar is a haven for tourists, offering access to the Blue Nile Falls and more than 30 lush islands, many occupied by fascinating ancient churches and monasteries.
When in Bahir Dar
The time zone in Ethiopia is East Africa Time (EAT), GMT +3. Ethiopia has two seasons: a dry season (mid-September to May), and a rainy season (June to mid-September).
Modest dress is appropriate, especially when visiting sacred sites. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches or mosques, and women are requested to wear a head covering.
When in Bahir Dar
Where to say
Kuriftu Resort & Spa
Located on the shore of Lake Tana, Kuriftu Resort & Spa is a haven of luxury and tranquility. The 28 rooms, which include 2 presidential-type suites, are stylishly decorated, spacious and comfortable. All rooms are air-conditioned, have a private balcony, flat-screen TV and room service. The impressive entertainment deck has a large sparkling swimming pool and looks out over the lake – a perfect spot for lazy afternoons and sundowners! The restaurant offers a delicious selection of traditional Ethiopian and international fare. The organic spa provides a range of pampering treatments, which can be enjoyed in the evening for those who have been out all day exploring. Kuriftu Resort & Spa were awarded with a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020.
Blue Nile Hotel
Conveniently situated in the heart of Bahir Dar – only a few minutes’ walk from the lake, Blue Nile Hotel caters to leisure and business tourists alike. The hotel has 135 comfortable bedrooms, each equipped with Satellite TV and fast Wi-Fi.
Blue Nile Hotel is a reputable and popular meeting venue, with excellent facilities. The restaurant offers international and local cuisine, with 24-hour room service option. The garden and sun terrace offer beautiful views of the city and the lake beyond. Each room also has coffee/tea facility and mini-bar. The hotel’s spa provides a range of pampering treatments.