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ETHIOPIA


Location - North East Africa; Capital - Addis Ababa; Population - 78 million; Currency - Ethiopia Birr MORE ETHIOPIA

Three buses from Lalibela and we arrived at Bahir Dar, in December 2006.

 

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eth7An aerial view of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana (when flying from Addis to Axum)

 

 

eth151The streets of Bahir Dar

 

 

 

eth109The grounds of the Ghion Hotel in Bahir Dar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth133Injera is a local food made from the cereal tef - tear a strip off and wrap it around the various sauces.
Looks disgusting, but it's pretty good, honest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth131Boats on the waters of Lake Tana, Bahir Dar

 

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eth128The Blue Nile flows from Lake Tana - Bahir Dar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth112Lake Tana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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eth113A tankwa loaded with firewood from the opposite side of Lake Tana, heads back to Bahir Dar

 

 

 

eth8A bird's eye view of Kibran Gebriel monastery and Lake Tana on the flight from Addis to Axum

 

 

eth11713th century Kibran Gebriel monastery, Lake Tana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth120Looking south from Kibran Gebriel, Lake Tana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth121A tankwa, the papyrus made canoe, stands upright on Kibran Gebriel island, Lake Tana

 

 

eth12516th century Ura Kidane Mihret church on Lake Tana's Zege peninsula

 

 

eth124a18th/19th century murals on the walls of Ura Kidane Mihret church, Lake Tana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth126The dropping off point for Ura Kidane Mihret church, Lake Tana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth135Scenery on the way from Bahir Dar to the Blue Nile Falls

 

 

eth135aThe 17th century Portuguese built Adam Dildi bridge, Blue Nile Falls

 

 

eth138The trail to the Blue Nile Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth150Countryside near the Blue Nile Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth142The Blue Nile Falls, or Tis Abay (Smoke of the Nile), plunge 45 metres

 

 

eth146I was told not to expect much, as the Blue Nile Falls have shrunk dramatically due to a hydroelectric plant in operation close by, but I was still impressed. It's worth going to.

 

 

eth148Grazing cattle amble past the Blue Nile Falls

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eth147Beautiful greenery surrounds the Blue Nile Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth155Enjoying a beer at the Tana Hotel, overlooking Lake Tana, Bahir Dar

 

 

eth156Sunset over Lake Tana, as seen from the Tana Hotel, Bahir Dar

 

 

eth152The source of the Nile is about 2kms from Bahir Dar.
I'd argue the source should be the longest tributary feeding Lake Tana (as with the White Nile, traced to Rwanda) but maybe it's not as attractive..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth158A hazy look at the Blue Nile Gorge, on a long drive from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa

 

 

eth159Traditional music and dance at a hotel in Addis Ababa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth161We took a tour of Awash, making a stop at Bishoftu, aka Debre Zeyit. This is Lake Hora

 

 

eth164A beautiful view of Lake Hora, Bishoftu

 

 

eth165Also at Bishoftu is the appropriately named Lake Bishoftu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth166Fantelle volcano rises above Lake Beseka, just outside Awash National Park

 

 

eth167Lake Beseka, near Awash National Park

 

 

eth172An oryx stands before the Fantelle volcano, Awash National Park

The Park is an ideal way to break up a drive from Addis to Harar in the east - more about the park here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth170The Awash river flows through the Awash gorge - Awash National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth175A crocodile warms itself up in Awash National Park

 

 

eth177It's a pleasant surprise to come across the Awash Falls - Awash National Park

 

 

eth176Awash Falls - Awash National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth180Resting at the Buffet d'Aouache Hotel in Awash Saba, about 10kms from the national park's main entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth183Medhane Alem church in Feres Mergala square, Harar old town

 

 

eth190The Christian market lies outside Harar old town's Showa Gate

 

 

eth196Harar's old town dates to the 16th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth193Sewing machinists in Harar old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth197Hanging around the butchers' market in Harar old town

 

 

eth195It's unlikely the French poet Arthur Rimbaud actually lived at the 100-year-old Rimbaud's House, but it's an impressive building - Harar old town

 

 

eth198 Harar is a predominantly Muslim city, and is said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth194There are disputed statements that Haile Selassie lived in this house, in Harar's old town.
He was born in Ejersa Goro, 25kms from Harar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth199Harar is famous in Ethiopia for its coffee. Here the beans are being grounded - Harar old town

 

 

eth188Harar's hyenas wander the streets near Tewodros Hotel. 'Hyena men' feed the animals in a tradition that has lasted for at least 50 years

 

 

eth201 Selling natural wooden toothbrushes in Harar market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth202Taking a rickshaw through the streets of Dire Dawa, looking for the bus company that will take us to Djibouti

 

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