Historical Attractions

Axum|Lalibela|Gonder|Bahir Dar |Itineraries

Gonder was Ethiopia's capital in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. It is known for its castles built by Emperor Fasiladas and his successors from 1632-1730 at the royal enclosure. Gondar, which is often referred to as the “Camelot of Africa”, never fails to charm visitors with its impressive setting. Debre Berhane Sellassie Church is famous for its paintings on the ceiling, dominantly decorated with winged Angles.

Gonder serves as a base for visiting the breathtaking Simien Mountians, which lie south of Axum and north-west of Lalibela. The Walia Ibex, the Simien Fox and the Gelada baboon are found in the Semien Mountains National Park and they are unique to Ethiopia. The country's highest peak, Ras Dashen at 4,620 metres (15,157 ft) is situated within the National Park.

Bahir Dar is Located in the southern shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake covering an area of 3,600 sq. kms. There are 37 islands that are home to 20 Churches and Monasteries. Ura Kidanemeheret, famous for its paintings, is a monastery that is open for a visit to both men and women.

The Blue Nile Falls known locally as Tis Issat, meaning Water that smokes is situated 37 kilometers east of Bahir Dar. It offers a dramatic spectacle that is unparalleled in either the White or Blue Niles.  Measuring 400 metres wide during flood, the fall cascades 45 metres deep. It throws a continuous mist with unforgettable sound. It is accessed from the small village of Tis Abay.  The 17th century Portuguese bridge is a way towards the falls.

Depending on the availability of time and budget, different programmes could be arranged.


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