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Lake Tana

Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Bahar Dar
Type: Bodies of Water
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The tour wasn't very interesting - all monasteries are very much alike, and have no English explanations. The "museums" inside them are usually just a single small room containing a collection of old items with very little explanation or none at all. The lake itself is nice, but doesn't require the 6 hours tour - it's better to find a... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Used a guide Gelagay Bayih from age7ethiopiatour for 2 day tour of the Blue Nile falls, as well as lake and monasteries. GG was very helpful informative and spoke good English. Felt very comfortable with him and gave great vale for money. He provided a package deal so we didn't have to worry about entry fees etc. Would use him... More

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Lalibela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My visit to the Lake Tana Monasteries was made special by a local tourist guide for Lake Tana Monasteries whose name is Molla Tilahun (famous by his nickname "Saitaw"). Sakitaw means in the local language "one who smiles". He is very friendly and he has excellent knowledge of the attractions of the area and I am happy to have made... More

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Venice, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We took a small boat excursion on Lake Tana and were delighted by all the bird life as well as hippos and small papyrus boats we viewed along the way.

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Karatu, Tanzania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Lake Tana seemed to be best enjoyed from outside of the lake- from restaurants on the lake or from a boat as you explore the monasteries. The lake is a soupy brownish color, and while we were told it is safe to swim in (except for the odd crocodile or hippo), and saw many locals swimming in it, it just... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

there are many islands on Lake Tana and each with its own church. The churches have long and rich history.Lots to learn. I was concerned about the invasion of the life of the local people by tourists which is turning them into something which is undesirable.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Lovely place to visit even in the rain! We had a boat ride out to the monasteries. Lovely trip out but don't get forced into buying tat from the sellers. It is not their only source of income despite what they tell you and you can feel a little intimidated and forced to buy things. We were given a full... More

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Aberdeen, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A trip on the lake is a nice way to spend a day. Morning is better as it's calmer and also more likely to see the hippos. Most trips last about 6 hours and visit 3 monasteries. Women are not allowed entry to some. Be sure to include zege peninsula (which most do) as there is a monastery with excellent... More

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Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

which is varry nice to see lake tana monastry zigha pansula. shering with a gourp the most important. for more information call to this nomber.0920773696/0918146579

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed our day on the lake. We arranged a boat tour through the Gion hotel and it was good enough value for money 350 Birr (about €15) for the half day tour which was actually from about 9am until 3pm. We visited 4 locations. Two on the peninsula and two islands. It was enough to go into two... More

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