Bahir Dar to Gondar
After breakfast we travel north by bus across beautiful Ethiopian countryside on our way to the city of Gondar. En-route we visit the hillside community of Awra Amba – an isolated village with an egalitarian and non-religious ethos where men and women have equal status and share activities. You may be tempted to buy some of their excellent woven scarves and other items.
Onwards, up over the hills, to Gondar where we check in to our hotel and enjoy lunch. Gondar is a major tourist centre in northern Ethiopia – it’s a thriving and fast-growing town with a large market, many shops and a rapidly increasing number of excellent coffee/cake shops. Gondar is also the home of Link Ethiopia’s local office (which we will visit) and where many of the schools that the charity has supported and developed over the past 20+ years can be found.
In the afternoon we enjoy a guided foot tour of the Castle Compound, a World Heritage site, dating from the early 17th century and which encapsulates the dynamic history of the time when Gondar was the capital city. We dine at a fun and lively restaurant with some live music if we’re lucky.