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Lake Tana, Bahir Dar

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Experience pristine nature and traditional lifestyle as you learn about Ethiopian Christian heritage at Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country. Source of the Blue Nile and an important Christian center in the 13th-15th century, the lake area features about 20 shelter churches with impressive murals. Standing at 1,830 m (6,000 ft) on a basalt plateau, the lake has a unique ecosystem with endemic barbs and stone loaches, molluscs and freshwater sponges, as well as the African softshell turtle. Bird-watchers can spot great white pelicans and African darters. Gaze at the papyrus fishing boats bobbing on the water, visit a thatched hut village, and enjoy a meal of freshwater fish. Put Lake Tana and other Bahir Dar attractions into our Bahir Dar vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • My family and I had a fantastic experience with EthioTours . Had a fantastic morning tour on lake Tana . Beautiful sunrise and a fantastic breakfast. The guide was really knowledgeable about all...  more »
  • Do not go back before you visit lake Tana around if you are here for visit. The lake Highlands monasteries are very old starting from the 12 centuries , Hippocampus, groups of many bird species...  more »
  • Greatest gift of God
  • I loved my time here. It was interesting to meet people who had history of Christianity in Ethiopia. It was more interesting to see the Lake with Colleagues.

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