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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

The largest town on Lake Tana is Bahir Dar. I’ve told you about Lake Tana, so here is a piece on Bahir Dar.

Ethiopians describe Bahir Dar as being their Riviera and, while it has wide streets shaded by palm trees and sweeping views across the shimmering blue waters of Lake Tana, it is nevertheless difficult to conjure up images of the French Riviera when strolling through Bahir Dar. Perhaps you’d disagree though.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, various temporary Ethiopian capitals were established in the vicinity of Lake Tana and Bahir Dar. And it was here that the Jesuits attempted – with disastrous consequences – to impose Catholicism on the Ethiopian people.

In the 1960s Haile Selassie toyed with the idea of moving his capital here.


Life in Bahir Dar:

child in Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar

The streets of Bahir Dar

The streets of Bahir Dar

carrying goods on his head in Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar poor village

Life in Bahir Dar

entrance to home in Bahir Dar

Some of the people of Bahir Dar:

the people of Bahir Dar

unattractive girl in Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar boy 1

Bahir Dar boy 2

A cattle drive through the streets of Bahir Dar… Note the cowboy astride the bicycle rather than a horse – whatever works, right?

cattle drive in Bahir Dar

The cattle market in Bahir Dar:

cattle market in Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar cattle market

Bahir Dar cattle market

cattle market in Bahir Dar

A cowboy’s home on the edge of the cattle market:

home at Bahir Dar cattle market

Remember the Blue Nile outlet? This is around the bend (downriver) from that point and is now unambiguously the Nile River instead of Lake Tana. Hard to tell, but that water is teeming with hippos:

Nile River in Bahir Dar

An Ethiopian-style car was along the Blue Nile:

car wash on Nile River in Bahir Dar

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