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Lake Tana

Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahar Dar 1338, Ethiopia
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Boat ride always fun, + nice nature, + old churches, + nice guide

As said, I am always in for a boat ride. Visited multiple islands with small village, nice old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joost d
Great trip

Visiting the monasteries on the lake is awsome, those places are amazing, it's quite fun to get in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Camille S
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Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahar Dar 1338, Ethiopia

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As said, I am always in for a boat ride. Visited multiple islands with small village, nice old churches and jungle-like nature. Had a great day.

Thank Joost d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the monasteries on the lake is awsome, those places are amazing, it's quite fun to get in and out of the boat....3 to 5 monasteries are enough, you have to pay 100 birrs to enter each time, and to tip (50 birrs) the guide.

Thank Camille S
Reviewed 19 April 2017

A relaxing cruise on this quiet lake in the late afternoon and pay a visit or two to the quaint monastries on the little islands on the lake then round up the trip to its outket Estuaries to spot a few Hippopotamus and birds as...More

1  Thank Eric L
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I and my school friends made the historical route tour, with organization of our school Lion Ethiopia College; our stay in Bahir Dar was nice especially in the Lake Tana Boot trip.

Thank LalibelaCrossTours
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I observed hippos and moved across the lake to visit the peninsula across the pond. My guide, Teme, was professional and knowledgeable. I had a wonderful time. Lake Tana can be romantic and is certainly memorable.

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I and my wife made the northern tour' with the organization of Temesgan. the trip included the main places: Axum ' Lalibela' Simein national park' Gondar and Bahar daar we had 4 internal flights' and every place a guide and driver waited for us. the...More

1  Thank azimouth
Reviewed 19 March 2017

So much to do here, something for every one, nature, wildlife. Something for all - families, young and old. Hippos, Fisher Eagles, Pelicans, Cormorants. Loads of history - Monasteries Locals people. Fascinating.

1  Thank Tina M
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Take a short boat ride (1hour) across to some of the islands and visit some of the monasteries. The art work is breathtaking and really worth a visit. The churches are still active as well. Make this something you do in Bahir Dar!

Thank livinglifetothefull1
Reviewed 9 March 2017

The weather was good and the lake nice and calm. Ideal conditions as we were on the boat for about six hours with a couple of stops on the way to see some interesting churches. Sailed for three hours passing various islands and stopped to...More

1  Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Lake Tana, Ethiopia's biggest, and the source of the longest river on the globe, is a great place to learn about Ethiopia's unique and beautiful church wall paintings dating back to the 16th Century AD. If you have at least half a day in Bahir...More

Thank Muluken G
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Michael M
What is the typical price of the tour?
30 March 2017|
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Response from Tina M | Reviewed this property |
We paid around £80 There were three of us on the tour That was for the boat trip Guide Monastery tour with museum Upto the Start of the Nile to see the hippos And Eagles Hope that's helpful
Hi My boyfriend and I are planning to be around bahir dar around 15th Dec but to move around and explore lalibela, gondar...possibly simein mountains. Anybody got recommendations of where to stay? Particularly along the Lake? We're on a budget but in Uganda I stayed at a beautiful place on Lake Bunyoni for £12 a night and hoping to find something similar? if not cheaper! As it will be coming up to christmas we were wondering if this would affect plans? costs? accommodation availability? And any suggestions where to be for christmas? and then new years eve? Also any general advice on good routes round would be great! Afterwards we are planning to head to explore south ethiopia and then onto kenya. Thanks :)
13 September 2015|
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Response from Tracy B | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I stayed at the Homland hotel. It was great. We went during June which is the beginning of the rainy season and end of tourist season so it may have been cheaper. We booked through Jovago (online booking... More