Blue Nile Falls, Amhara Region

#5 of 39 in Parks in Ethiopia
Marvel at the force of the river at Blue Nile Falls, accessible via a 1.5 km (1 mi) footpath leading through a traditional village. The entire 0.8 km (0.5 mi) wide river plunges from a 45 m (150 ft) basalt ridge, sending out a spray of droplets known as the "great smoke." Lush vegetation around the water supports numerous birds, like the blue-breasted bee-eater and yellow-fronted parrot. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ethiopia, the area buzzes with locals selling tea from calabash gourds, snacks, and handicrafts. Cross the oldest stone bridge in the country, built in 1626 in the vicinity of the falls. Use our Amhara Region trip builder website to arrange your visit to Blue Nile Falls and other attractions in Amhara Region.
Create an itinerary including Blue Nile Falls
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Blue Nile Falls Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
428 reviews
  • This is a sad story. We went on a day trip to the waterfall with our young kid and another family with their kid. We paid the official guide and all the other fees associated. We then commenced our sh...  more »
  • It's not easy to get there. A long drive over dirt roads, a 20 minutes hike over stones and muddy paths and a small boat trip. And when you arrive during the first week of September, still in the rain...  more »
  • Very nice falls, you definitely DO NOT need a guide so be firm, and do not go there by boat as the little hike provides some nice views - going there in the afternoon you’re more likely to have better water flow. Great place.
  • The most magnificent sight, but Flow diverted by hydropower project. it is necessary to modify the river to its natural condition. It is necessary to maintain the basic ecosystem
Places to stay near Blue Nile Falls

Plan your trip to Bahir Dar

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Bahir Dar

Duration: 4​h
Duration: 3​h
Duration: 3​h
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Bahir Dar

Duration: 3​h