Kibran Tours

Bahir Dar

Northern Circuit

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.

Travel Tip

Recommended Length of Stay : 1 Night

Elevation : 2,100m (7,oooft) Above Sea Level

Major Religion : Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Travel Tip

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

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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.