About Arbaminch

Arba Minch: 6°2′N 37°33′E

Arba Minch received its name for the abundant local springs which produce a groundwater forest. Located at the base of the western side of the Great Rift Valley, Arba Minch consists of the uptown administrative centre of Shecha and 4 kilometers away the downtown commercial and residential areas of Sikela, which are connected by a paved road. On the eastern side of Sikela is the gate to Nechisar National Park, which covers the wider area between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south.

Arba Minch is known as a source for fruit, including mango, banana, orange, apple, guava and pineapple, and is also known for its fish farms.Indicating its richness of fish a local singer named Abile Chedo sang the song Nu Dere Gamo Gofa Oycha Arbaminch.

Nech Sar National Park: Nech Sar National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in Ethiopia is located between two Great Rift Valley lakes, i.e. Lake Chamo & Lake Abaya near ArbaMinch lying about 500 south of Addis Ababa, between 2 lakes. The park has extensive plains of game wandering unreservedly within the 514 sq m of savannah, dry bush and groundwater forests.

Wildlife

Nech Sar National Park is renowned as a wildlife haven for over 104 species of mammals. This is attributed to the park’s dense and diverse vegetation providing perfect animal hideouts. Several animals include greater Kudu, Burchel’s Zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Swayne’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Guenther’s Dik-dik, Bushbuck, Vervet Monkey, Jackal, Spotted Hyena, Olive-Baboon, Leopard, Lion, Grey Duiker, Cheetah, Serval-cat, honey badger, gureza-coloubs, Greater Kudu and Wild dog
The park is also celebrated for its massive concentration of the giant Nile crocodiles, herds of hippopotamus and waterfowls in the Rift Valley Lakes of Abaya & Chamo.

Birds

Over 189 species of birds have been recorded here for instance the rare Red-billed Hornbill, Lesser-flamingo, Kori Bustard, Phalied-Harrier, Grey Hornbill, Fish Eagle, endemic Nech-Sar Night-jar and the globally threatened lesser-kestrel.

Vegetation

Over 1000 species of vascular vegetation plant cover have been reported in the park which represents the areas rich wildlife diversity.
Other Attractions
A backdrop of high rising hills and the Guge Mountains; the Arba-Minch ground forest; the Dorze landscape and the Arba-Minch Hot springs in the east are some of the other attractions that scenically beautify Nech Sar NP to become one of the most attractive national parks in Ethiopia.

Getting There

There is a road access route to Nech Sar National Park from Arbaminch town that covers a distance of 1.5km. Within the park itself are other internal access roads (covering about 180km). These ease access to the different attractions sites of the park and we get you there using our 4 wheel drive land cruiser.

Other Attractions

A backdrop of high rising hills and the Guge Mountains; the Arba-Minch ground forest; the Dorze landscape and the Arba-Minch Hot springs in the east are some of the other attractions that scenically beautify Nech Sar NP to become one of the most attractive national parks in Ethiopia.