Blue Nile Falls

Posted: June 11, 2016 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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About 30km after exits from Lake Tana, the Blue Nile plunges over a 45m high rock face to form one of Africa’s most spectacular waterfalls, Tis Abay (Smoke of the Nile). Tis Abay consists of four separate streams and is most impressive for the sheer volume of Water that pours over it, particularly during the rainy season. The Nile is 400 m wide above the waterfall; in the gorge below, it follows a much narrower course that is estimated to be 37m deep!

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The 18th Century Scottish traveller James Burce, who is often credited as the first European to see Tis Abay (in fact the waterfall was known to the Portuguese at least a century before Burce’s visit), described the waterfall as ‘a magnificent sight, that ages, added to the greatest length of human life, would not efface or eradicated from my memory; it struck me with a kind of stupor and a total oblivion of where I was, and of every other sublunary concern’.


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