TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Base for Nechisar, Dorze, Konso. Lodges / hotels with breathtaking views over Nechisar National Park & Lakes

  1. Nech Sar National Park

  2. Crocodile Farm on Lake Chamo

  3. Crocodile Market on Lake Chamo

  4. Forty Springs

  5. Dorze Village



Tourism Arba Minch, Ethiopia, Things to do

A provincial town of about 100,000At at some 500km from capital Addis Ababa,  with 55% of its inhabitants belonging the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, 40% being protestant and 5% muslim. Located at 1285 masl, its name meaning "forty springs" for the springs in the Nechisar National Park feeding a local forest of gigantic ficus trees, as well as the towns drinking water plant. It is the home to a nice University. Ethiopian Airlines services the airport  daily with brand Bombardier turboprops to and fro Addis Ababa.


Former home to a US military drone base, one could often see drones flying out of town to Somalia to counter terrorism in Ethiopia's troubled neighbor country.


A picture is worth a thousand words. Most of our hundreds of pictures are favored in Google! Why? Because no other website has so many beautiful high resolution pictures, taken by ourselves. Our pictures not only show you the beauty of Ethiopia, but they also show that we go everywhere, photographing wildlife, plants, people and culture. They show our professionalism, our keen eye for detail and our passion for the culture and nature of Ethiopia. So why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because we don't mislead you like many tour operators do. When the Blue Nile falls are dry.... we tell you. When fog clouds the lava lake of Erte Ale? We let you know. Just drop us a mail and we will check it out for you.

Our tours take you to ALL famous cultural places of Ethiopia, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 large nature reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market.

As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eastern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa. BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes may be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip and book your local flights for an incredibly low price after you booked your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines!


1 Nech Sar National Park

A few kilometers South of  the city is the road to Nechisar National Park, which protects the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south, as well as a highland plain East of the lakes and aforementioned forest West of the lakes.  By many, it is considered the finest national park of the country.


TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Entrance Nechsar National Park. TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Plains Zebra, Nechisar National Park

Entrance of Nechsar National Park. The park is the most important thing to do in Arba Minch.

Plains Zebra, Nechisar National Park at the Eastern plains of Necisar National Park.

2 Crocodile Farm on Lake Chamo

3 Crocodile Market on Lake Chamo

TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: African Crocodile at Crocodile Farm, Lake Chamo, Nechsar, Ethiopia TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Wildlife at Crocodile Farm, Lake Chamo, Nechisar National Park

In 1984 the Ethiopian Wildlife Authority started a program to raise crocodiles to restore the wild Crocodile population of Lake Chamo.


Crocodiles are now common again on the western shore and marshes of Lake Chamo, and particularly on the "crocodile market" so called because lots of crocodiles flock together.


4 Forty Springs

5 Dorze Village

TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: 4 m wide Fig tree, Ficus Sycamorus, along the Kulfo River in Nechsar National Park.TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Paradyse Lodge in Arba Minch is a beautiful lodge overlooking the Nechsar National Park.

Giant fig forest in the Nechisar National Park are fed by 40 springs at the foothills of the plain where Arba Minch, Ethiopia has been built.

The Dorze people are famous for their elephant-head shaped huts. Dorze Village is about half an hour's drive up the Guge Mountains. The cotton weaving is renowned for being the best in Ethiopia.


Arba Minch Hotels

There is quite a variety of hotels in Arba Minch attending to every budget. Only a few of them actually overlook Nechsar National Park.


TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Paradyse Lodge in Arba Minch is a beautiful lodge overlooking the Nechsar National Park.

The Paradise Lodge is the most upscale hotel in town, overlooking Nechsar National Park.

TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Enjoying the evening view over Nechisar National Park from Arba Minch.

TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: View from Arba Minch Paradise Lodge over Nechsar

Located at the edge of the plain of Arba Minch, several Arba Minch hotels provide breathtaking vieuws of Nechisar National Park.

Arba Minch Paradise Lodge is located on the top of the escarpment overlooking Nechisar National Park.


Arba Minch Tourism is part of this fabulous travel itinerary:


DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PARKS with wildlife biologist of Ethiopian Park Service

8 days. Price: starting at $890.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - AWASSA, ± 275km

  1. Stop at Lake Ziway for watching wetland birds;

  2. Abyjata-Shalla Lakes National Park to watch Ostriches and wetland birds at alkaline Lake Abijatta, including potentially Flamingos;

  3. Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary to watch the Swayne's Hartebeest. In this small nature reserve one almost can see the extremely rare Swayson's Hartebeest of which less than 500 survive in the wild, all in Ethiopia;

  4. Spend the night in Awassa.


Day 2: AWASSA - YABELLO, ± 410km

  1. Proposed Megado Podacarpus National Monument to take a look at one of the nicest Podocarpus forests of Ethiopia trees up to more than 1m wide and 35m high.

  2. Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary to see the endemic Stresemann's Bushcrow and White-tailed swallows, Burchell's Zebras and other wildlife.

  3. Spend the night at Yabello Motel.


Day 3: YABELLO - KONSO, ± 220km

  1. Konso tribal villages at Mecheke, including Konso tribal king's house. Konso is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its traditional landscape with terraces, its uniquely structured villages and huts and for their famous wooden statues;

  2. New York Village, so called after the vertical erosion formations that in the minds of local people look like sky-scrapers. In fact they are hoodoo formations of quartz minerals similar to those in Brice National Park in the USA.

  3. Kanta Lodge, a beautiful brand new lodge in Konso style luxury sleeping cabins and restaurant.


Day 4: KONSO - BUSKA LODGE, ± 130km

  1. Drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer People.

  2. Birding at the floodplane of Chelbi Wildlife Reserve

  3. Spend the night at Buska Lodge


Day 5:  BUSKA LODGE - JINKA, ± 140km

  1. Early in the morning, drive to the Mursi village in Mago National Park. Mursi women wear clay lip plates that they make from locally dug clay. The men adorn themselves with clay;

  2. game viewing Mago National Park. While wildlife stocks in Mago National Park are down, it is still one of the better places to see extraordinary wildlife;

  3. Sleep at Jinka Resort Hotel.


Day 6: JINKA - ARBA MINCH, ± 275km

  1. Long drive until arrival at hotel in Arba Minch, overlooking Nechsar National Park.

  2. If we can get permission from the park we go looking for the mysterious Nechisar Nightjar.



  1. In the morning drive to Netchsar National Park on the istmus seperating Lake Abaya and Chamo. There still is a herd of the endemic Swayne's hartebeests, Burchell's zebra are very common, greater and lesser kudus are frequently seen, as well as grants gazelle. Out of the more than 180 species of birds recorded, you have a good chance at seeing Secretary bird, Ground hornbill, different species of bustards, etc.

  2. In the afternoon we go on boat ride along the western shore of Lake Chamo to watch African Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and a large variety of wetland birds.

  3. Return to the hotel at night and if permission granted again look for the Nechisar Nightjar.


Day 8: ARBA MINCH - ADDIS ABABA, ± 505km

  1. Return to Addis Ababa. Alternatively you have the option to fly back to Addis Ababa at additional costs for the flight, which we would recommend as it is a long ride back to Addis Ababa.

The price of this WILDLIFE SAFARI ETHIOPIA starts at $890 and includes transportation, entry fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals, hotels.

TOURISM ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA, TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Daily comfortable affordable flights Addis Ababa - Arba Minch with brand new Dornier Turbo Props.

Daily comfortable flights between Addis Ababa and Arba Minch, Ethiopia, with brand new Dornier Turbo Props that bring you straight to your hotel in Arba Minch.


Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 1 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and then continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $40 - $70 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!



What makes us different from so many other tour operators?

Just look at the quality of our high resolution pictures. We took them all ourselves. We have thousands of high resolution pictures on this website, that you can see enlarged by clicking on them. These pictures show that we have been everywhere in the country of your interest and really know the details. We are professional explorers and biologists with MSc and PhD.


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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature., He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador in the 1970s and he initiated the Cuyabeno Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon in 1985, making him one of the world's eco tourism pioneers. A speaker of 8 languages and having traveled to 80+ countries, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil has is one of the world's greatest connoisseurs of nature and national parks in the world. 

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil