Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Chocolate Nile Falls

The Blue Nile Falls was a bit of a drive a way but well worth the wait.  We saw a lot of the landscape and people walking by on our journey and the rain looked like it was holding off.  After the “Big Rip-off” the day before, we decided that I would be the person to look after the money and be the haggler as neither Martin or my sister Gill had quite the same killer instinct as me and so I was sent into the Blue Niles office to pay the fee.  They said after that they felt a bit intimidated by the crowd of boys who came over to the bus and was telling them that they had a football team but no ball and would they give them the money.  This village is another example of an Association as the entrance fee goes into a communal pot to support the whole village.

We were driven for another few minutes and then got off the bus to make the climb to see the Blue Nile Falls.  This involved a 40 minute walk up-hill and it was a quite slippery.  Mountain goats we are not and our guide and his helper held our hands and helped us very graciously.  The land as I have said is stunning; hilly and mountainous, green with red earth and it was fantastic to walk through the village and up high to look over a beautiful waterfall.  Luckily it is the rainy season and so there was quite a bit of water although a new hydroelectric plant also reduces the water flow of the river.


The funny thing was that it was actually chocolate brown in colour because of all the earth being washed along with it.  The pictures I had seen show it in full flow and a distinct blue.  That’s what it looks like in September at the end of the rainy season. 

Ethiopia. Blue Nile Falls.

Ethiopia. Blue Nile Falls.
Ethiopia. Blue Nile Falls.

Ethiopia. Blue Nile Falls.
Ethiopia. Blue Nile Falls.
Our guides wanted paying and tipping before we reached the top so that the other boys didn’t see what we had given them.  Corruption is rife even in the village association.

Gillian and her trusty guide
When we returned to the hotel we met up again with the receptionist who had arranged our trips.  We hadn’t yet paid any money to him and as our driver had disappeared it was going to be interesting to see what he was going to ask us to pay.  

The Papyrus had asked us for 1500ETB just for the Blue Niles trip! “1000ETB for the boat trip” Immediately without thinking I said “Absolutely not!” and then he backed down to 600ETB.  We were still ripped off I am sure.

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