Summerland Hotel

P.O. Box 1407, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia | Hotel
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Monastery Hopping on Lake Tana

A travel blog entry by vdc


Our driver, Kadir, picked us up bright and early on Sunday, January 30 in a red Jeep Cherokee (circa 1998, not 2005 as promised by the agency) to start our journey into Northern Ethiopia. The first stop was Bahir Dar, a tiresome but scenic 583km drive from Addis. The trip could have taken us the more typical 9 hours (for a private car), including …

No Hippos

A travel blog entry by juliebowers


After a breakfast of coffee and some kind of cake (!), I joined 3 other people for a boat trip. The colour of the water of Lake Tana is like the sea in Burnham - yuk! The boat took us to the Zege Peninsula about a hour or so away. The area is covered with trees and has lots of coffee, seemingly growing wild. A short walk took up to the Beta Maryam monastery. The monastery is round with three distinct areas. It's very plain on ...

Monks and Waterfallls

A travel blog entry by larry.phillips


... the state of people in the world could and should be improved.

There was about an hour walk to reach the Blue Nile falls along some very interesting country peppered with very poor local people (mostly children) trying to sell us tourist trinkets. Then we went back to our hotel and spent more on wine and dinner than those families would have earned in a year.

Lost and Found!!

A travel blog entry by ablo

... one recently burned down. Boat then went via outlet of Blue Nile from Lake Tana (to tick off alongside White Nile in Jinja) and searched for hippos but none forthcoming. Final monastery was Debra Maryam which was 900 yrs old but no painted murals, only posters of St Mary and others! Met an American-Ethiopian who translated for us and saw some more treasury artefacts. Back on shore by 1500. Quite a strange trip, nothing particularly notable but as this is the main thing to ...

Bahar Dar

A travel blog entry by brownefamily5


Drove out to the Blue Nile Falls (one hour on another horrendous road!). We walked down past 2 old hydroelectric plants (now both replaced by a third bigger one), crossed a 400 year old bridge built by Portuguese missionary priests, then round a bend and there were the falls. It is the dry season now so combined with the fact that much of the water is diverted, the flow is quite small but still impressive. During the wet season apparently you can't even see the falls because of the ...

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