The most important route nexus in southern Ethiopia, the large and rapidly expanding town of SHASHEMENE sits at the junction of the main highway running south from Addis Ababa to Moyale on the Kenyan border and the roads branching east to Bale Mountains National Park and southwest to Arba Minch and South Omo. It ranks among the most charmless of Ethiopian towns, with a reputation for hassle and crime. The Rastafarian community informally known as Jamaica, founded on the northern outskirts of town during the Haile Selassie era, is Shashemene’s one theoretical draw, but visitors are often made to feel unwelcome. Unless travel logistics force you overnight here, you’d probably be better off staying in Hawassa or Wondo Genet.

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A first-timer's guide to Ethiopia

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