Near Bahir Dar, Wereta, lies the Niagara Falls of Ethiopia. The Blue Nile Falls, or Tis Abay (Great Smoke) in Amharic, is truly an attraction to see. The journey to the falls starts at the base of a mountain where you walk upwards among locals. The path goes by many farm houses, cattle, and sheep. Donkeys are often carrying goods from the farms down the mountain to the main village and vice versa. Across a dodgy suspension bridge straight out of an Indiana Jones movie lies numerous huts for people to stop and drink coffee. The cold mist of the falls at the end of the 25-minute hike is incredibly rewarding. Where the rest of the mountain is only slightly green and very dry, the falls is a haven of bright, luscious, green vegetation and a cool retreat. It is currently the dry season therefore the falls were minuscule compared to what they would be during the wet season with the additional rainfall. It is hard to get anywhere close to the pool of water at the base without slipping in mud and becoming soaked. However, rocks surrounding the pool provided a great vantage point to absorb the beautiful scenery.
The walk back was just as scenic as we traveled with locals down the mountain. Our shoes were caked with thick mud and slowly peeled off as we climbed down rocks and dirt paths. The video down below better describes the scenery but does not do justice to the beauty of the Blue Nile Falls.
Find the video here: https://youtu.be/mxYZdOzom-k
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