Bahir Dar

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City:Bahir Dar
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Top Descriptions

Bahir Dar is firmly on the historical circuit, and on paper it’s easy to see why. The city has a prime location on the shores of Lake Tana and is within easy enough reach of the monasteries that lie farther afield. It is also not far from the impressive . Being a city also means better access to amenities, and there’s more than one passable supermarket that you can stock up at as well as semi-decent access to internet cafes and banking. There also seems to be a wider array of dining options here, though as in other locations in you really shouldn’t expect the majority of what’s on the menu to actually be in stock! Where Bahir Dar fails on the ground is that it’s just not a particularly relaxing place to be a tourist in. Aside from the lakeshore walks, the city’s close proximity to sites-of-interest means an increase in touts and hawkers, some of who can be quite conniving and persistent. The appalling condition of also means that you’ll be more likely to want to take prearranged ‘tours’, many of which are simply poorly organised, difficult to organise, and/or not great value for money. Nevertheless, being within easy overland distance of , means that you’ll no doubt come here. And you should, if nothing else but to make up your own mind about the place. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

Don’t rush into agreeing to any excursions upon arrival in Bahir Dar. Touts seem to be particularly dishonest here with regards to and trips.
If you need a break from the centre of Bahir Dar, make sure to try out or . Strolls along the lakeshore can be quite pleasant indeed.
If you can get the Ethiopian Airlines discount, consider . It’s cheap and considerably faster than the awkward bus connection via Gashena.
 
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The City

What should we know?

Name in local script:ባሕር ዳር
Also known as:Bahar Dar, Sea Shore
 
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Environment type:lake
Location type:city, town, urban
 
Religion type:Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

What can we see or do there?

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Animals:hippos
Birds:marabou storks

How much will it cost us?

Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
Average daily budget:ETB590

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:5 nights
High season:September to January
Low season:July, August

How can we get in contact?

Language(s):Amharic, English
Timezone:UTC+03:00
Country calling code:251

How can we get there?

Coordinates:11.60044, 37.38813
Geographical feature:Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:10
Travel time to attractions:45 minutes
Travel time to next location:5 hours
 
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Altitude:1,800m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500ml
Beer (national)500mlETB20
Fizzy drink1 litreETB0
Fruit juice1 litreETB75
Gin (multinational)1 litreETB0
Gin (national)1 litre
Milk1 litreETB30
Oil1 litreETB70
Rum (multinational)1 litre
Rum (national)1 litre
Vodka (multinational)1 litreETB900
Vodka (national)1 litre
Water1 litreETB15
Whisky (multinational)1 litreETB1,450
Whisky (national)1 litre
Wine1 bottleETB120
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100g
Apples1kgETB70
Bananas1kgETB10
Bell pepper1kg
Bread1 loafETB0
Carrots1kgETB0
Chillies1kgETB0
Chocolate (multinational)1 barETB25
Chocolate (national)1 barETB12
Coconut milk1 can
Cucumber1kg
Eggs1 dozenETB0
Garlic1kgETB0
Ginger1kg
Honey1 jarETB35
Ice cream1 unit
Jam1 jarETB65
Onions1kgETB20
Oranges1kgETB20
Pasta1kgETB60
Peanut butter1 jarETB30
Peanuts100gETB15
Potatoes1kgETB15
Raisins100gETB28
Rice1kgETB55
Sandwich1 unit
Tomatoes1kgETB25
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antifungal shampoo1 bottleETB104
Conditioner1 bottleETB45
Condoms1 packETB3
Deodorant1 canETB65
Floss1 pack
Hand sanitizer1 bottleETB42
Laundry soap1 barETB15
Razors1 pack
Sanitary towels1 packETB19
Shampoo1 bottleETB70
Soap1 barETB35
Tampons1 box
Toilet roll1 unitETB0
Toothpaste1 tubeETB18
Washing powder1 boxETB75
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antiseptic cream1 tubeETB45
Bandages1 packETB12
Chapstick1 unitETB45
Contact lens solution1 bottle
Headache tablets1 packETB2
Ibuprofen1 packETB27
Mosquito repellent1 bottle
Nail clippers1 setETB20
Plasters1 packETB5
Sun cream1 bottleETB260
Sunglasses1 pairETB0
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Batteries4-pack
Chilli powder100gETB0
Cigarettes (multinational)20-packETB90
Cigarettes (national)20-packETB20
Coriander100gETB0
Cumin100gETB0
Fuel1 litreETB14
Internet1 hourETB15
Lighter1 unit
Matches1 packETB1
Paprika100g
Travel multiadapter1 unitETB55
Travel plug1 unitETB25
Turmeric100g
Stock1 pack

Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Breakfast (continental)ETB35
Breakfast (cooked)ETB58
BurgerETB57
Cake (slice)ETB24
CarbonaraETB53
CerealETB48
Crème CaramelETB51
Curry (generic – meat)ETB120
Curry (generic – vegetable)ETB75
Cutlet (fish)ETB69
Doro watETB90
Doro fantaETB115
Eggs (how you like)ETB41
French friesETB31
Fried (chicken)ETB115
Fruit saladETB36
Gored goredETB73
Goulash (beef)ETB67
Grilled (fish)ETB79
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Injera firfirETB43
Key watETB67
KitfoETB81
LasagnaETB73
Mixed grillETB100
Noodles (meat)ETB75
Pancake (simple)ETB41
Pasta (meat)ETB57
Pasta (vegetable)ETB45
Pizza (loaded)ETB103
Pizza (simple)ETB67
PorridgeETB40
Quanta firfirETB56
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Rice (meat)ETB58
Rice (vegetable)ETB45
Roasted (chicken)ETB106
Roasted (lamb)ETB88
SaladETB44
Salad (meat)ETB45
SandwichETB61
ShiroETB41
Shiro bozenaETB49
Shiro tegaminoETB44
Skewers (meat)ETB80
Soup (meat)ETB48
Soup (vegetarian)ETB43
SteakETB81
Stir fry (meat)ETB75
Stroganoff (meat)ETB63
TibsETB72
Whole (fish)ETB95
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beer (national)ETB20
Bailey’s (shot)ETB65
CappuccinoETB18
CoffeeETB10
Cognac (bottle)ETB5,000
Cognac (shot)ETB90
Fruit juice (fresh)ETB21
Gin (bottle)ETB1,800
Gin (shot)ETB48
Hot chocolateETB15
Malibu (bottle)ETB1,800
Malibu (shot)ETB45
MilkETB12
Ouzo (shot)ETB15
Rum (bottle)ETB1,750
Rum (shot)ETB45
Sambuca (shot)ETB35
Soft drinkETB14
TeaETB11
Tequila (shot)ETB33
Vodka (bottle)ETB1,750
Vodka (shot)ETB43
Water (2L)ETB20
Whisky (bottle)ETB1,800
Whisky (shot)ETB48
Wine (bottle)ETB151
Wine (glass)ETB58

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