The Blue Nile in Ethiopia begins its lengthy bubbling journey from the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, situated north of the splendid city of Bahir Dar. Papyrus boats manned by intrepid fisherman bob on the waters and the lake’s remote islands and peninsulas flourish with sycamores – look closely and you’ll see ancient UNESCO-listed monasteries peeking between the leaves, guarding the holy relics they hold inside.
Possessing an explorer soul is practically a requirement in these parts; while the Blue Nile may cascade away from its source in a gentle fashion, the river takes a more dramatic turn in parts and its unforgiving rapids and gorges are an unstoppable force that’s difficult to navigate. The Blue Nile Falls is where Mother Nature is at her most beautiful and fierce – a continuous jet of water plunges downwards in a dramatic, misty frenzy. The river finally converges with the White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, before flowing onwards through Egypt and eventually into the Mediterranean. Join the majestic river, wild and free, on your Blue Nile holidays and you’ll feel the power of the life-giving waters every step of the way.
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