Crossing the river barely 1km downstream of where it flows out of Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Bridge was inaugurated by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1961. Architecturally unremarkable, the bridge is a good place to look for hippos, crocodiles and waterbirds.
Blue Nile Falls About 30 kilometers from Bahir Dar, the Blue Nile river 1 cascades in a waterfall known as both the Blue Nile Falls and Tis Abay, which is Amharic for “smoking water.” Our hotel recommended we join a tour or hire a driver to visit the waterfall, but we found the trip to be easy enough to handle on our own.
Lake Tana supports a large fishing industry, mainly based on the Labeobarbus barbs (formerly in genus Barbus), Nile tilapia and sharptooth catfish (a large catfish that is widespread in Africa). According to the Ethiopian Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 1,454 tons of fish are landed each year at Bahir Dar, which the department estimates are 15% of its sustainable amount.