Bahir dar is the beautiful city lined with palm trees, means “the Lakeside town”. The city which is visited with “tankuas” (papyrus canoes) is famous for Lake Tana, which is the largest water body in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile fall.
Bahirdar has recently been voted one among three promising cities in Africa; a good news for its residents and for the whole nation.
The city is as pleasant as you’ll find for relaxing and viewing Lake Tana and the weather is probably the best in Ethiopia.
Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile which floats from there to the Sudan. Just 30 kilometers outside of Bahir Dar one finds the famous Blue Nile Falls. In Ethiopia they call it Tisissat, which means “Water that smokes”. The water of the Blue Nile or “Tis Isat”, was discovered in 1770 by Bruce James, the famous British explorer, The town is unique for the thirty-seven scattered islands in Lake Tana. They are accessed through boats where about twenty of them are shelter for churches and monasteries that are culturally and historically significant to the country.
The city offers a small daily market and a very extensive weekly market. There are some music clubs in the city.
The Blue Nile Falls (Tis Issat) are located about 30 km to the south. Nowadays the amount of water running through the falls is being reduced and regulated, since the construction of a hydroelectric power dam. Nevertheless, the Blue Nile Falls are still one of the main tourist attractions of Bahir Dar, especially during the rainy season when the water level rises and the falls become greater.
Bahir Dar is home to a number of universities and colleges. The most prominent of all is the Bahir Dar University, which projects an enrollment of over 40,000 students in the academic year beginning in October 2012. Bahir Dar University is home to more than 40,000 students.
As part of political initiatives and development efforts in Africa, renewed interest in the higher education in Ethiopia has been the focus of partnerships between governmental and private funders. The Ethiopian university system has been noted as one of the “fastest growing” systems in the twenty-first century.
Bahir Dar University, one of the largest universities in Ethiopia, has an enrollment of 45,000 students in 65 undergraduate and 67 graduate programs. A Council of Ministers regulation combined the Bahir Dar Polytechnic and Bahir Dar Teachers’ College in 2000 to establish the university. Supporting the country’s objective to attain a “middle income status” by 2025, a research priority has produced eleven research centers. within the university.
Alkan University College is located in Bahir Dar. The Institute of Land Administration was founded and located in Bahir Dar in 2006.