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Ārba Minch’

Ārba Minch’ (Ethiopia)

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  • Lake
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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1/2 day's journey from Addis Ababa by car or 1hr30 by plane
When to go
From May to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Ārba Minch’

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

The large city of Arba Mich, home to fewer than 100,000 inhabitants, is situated around 520 kilometres from Addis Ababa, in the south of the country. It is the last stopover city before the Omo valley.

My suggestion:
Stop off for cash and provisions before heading to the Omo Valley. Best to stop on a market day.
My review

The city of Arba Minch is nothing special in itself, but it is an important stop on the south road. It is divided into the lower town and the upper town, from where there is a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding lakes (Chamo and Abaya). It is worth stopping here just for that, even more so because the ecolodges here are fantastic! Further up in the mountains the land of the Dorze a few kilometres ahead is unmissable, particularly Chencha.

Stop off at the community of the Dorze weavers who live in traditional huts with remarkable architecture and who sell some of the most well-known materials in the country. You can even take a trip on the Chamo or Abaya lakes to watch the hippopotamus and crocodiles. 

To save time on the road to Omo Valley, I flew straight into Arba Minch from Addis Ababa.

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