Set at an altitude of 1300m, ARBA MINCH (“Forty Springs”) is a medium-sized town comprising two discrete settlements – downtown Sikela and uptown Shecha – linked by a 4km asphalt road. Shecha in particular boasts one of Ethiopia’s most spectacular locations, with the Chamo and Abaya lakes glistening to its immediate east, and the Rift Valley escarpment rising to 3000m in the west. A convenient overnight stop en route to South Omo, Arba Minch is also the best base for day-trips to Nechisar National Park and to the striking Dorze homesteads of the highlands around Chencha.

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