Bahir Dar is situated on Lake Tana, which is dotted with island monasteries some dating back to the 14th century. Its 30 odd islands represent today a unique natural habitat for plant life.
The Blue Nile Falls are a waterfall on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. They are known as Tis Issat in Amharic, when translated,means "smoking water" They are situated on the upper course of the river, about 30 kilometers downstream from the town of BahirDar and Lake Tana.
Debre Damo Monastry
Situated atop a 3,000m-high amba (tableland), and accessible only with the aid of a leather rope operated by the monks, the founder Abune Aregawi - one of the nine holy men who immigrated from Syria - was carried up the 15 m-high cliff by a flying serpent, so the legend goes. Built in the 6th century, Debre Damo is the oldest monastery in Ethiopia while its stone Church is said to be the oldest still standing. The monastery is off limit to females.
The Ancient Temple of Yeha (Conducive for visiting all season) The oldest standing structure in Ethiopia is located in Yeha: the temple of Yeha. This is a tower built in the Sabaean style, and dated through comparison with ancient structures in South Arabia to around 700 BC.
Tigray Rock Hewan Churches
The 120-odd churches are as intriguing as the landscape is beautiful. Very different from the more famous monolithic (carved out of the ground and only left attached to the earth at the base) churches of Lalibela, the Tigrayan churches are carved from cliff faces, built into pre-existing caves or constructed high atop some improbable perch – getting to some of them may not be for the faint-hearted, but getting there is almost always half the fun. And beyond a few famous churches, you’ll likely get to explore on your own, even in the high season.
Abuna Yemata Guh
This one of the remarkable Rock Hewan Churches lying in the Cliff and There's nowhere on earth quite like Abuna Yemata Guh. Although less impressive architecturally than most, the church is spectacularly sited within a cliff face, halfway up a sheer rock pinnacle 4km west of Megab. The first 45 minutes of the climb is mildly challenging, with a couple of tricky sheer sections requiring toehold action
Al Negash Mosque (The Earliest Muslim Settlements in Africa)
Negash is a small town in the Tigray Region Ethiopia. It is the place where the first Hegira undertook. Negash is known as the earliest Muslim settlement in Africa; a seventh-century cemetery has been excavated inside the village boundaries. Negash is also known for the Negash Amedin Mesgid/mosque.This village is the site of the first Muslim settlement granted to Islamic refugees by the king of Axum at the time of Mohammed in 7th century AD. The present day mosque is said to stand on the site of the original, also dating back to the 7th century. The shrine has great significance to Ethiopian Muslims and is the focus of an annual pilgrimage and festival.
Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area
This is has one of the smallest but best-protected Afro-alpine habitats in Ethiopia. In fact, it’s been a locally managed natural resource management area since the 17th century.