The key attraction in Arba Minch. With an area of 514 square kilometers, Nechisar National Park includes both lakes and grasslands, but is dominated by thick forest and bushlands.
The park is an African wonderland, where visitors can easily come across gazelles, zebras and baboons. The park is also home to many endemic birds, including kingfishers, storks, pelicans, flamingos and fish eagles.
Nechisar National Park is situated 510km south of Addis near the town of Arba Minch, in between Lakes Abaya and Chamo. From the town on the ridge of land that divides Abaya and Chamo there are commanding panoramic views all around, including both lakes with Nechisar on the eastern side and, to the west, the Guge range of mountains. The outstanding beauty of the neck of land between the two lakes has earned it the sobriquet of’Bridge of Heaven’. The equally poetic Arba Minch – meaning ‘forty springs’ – takes its name from the bubbling streams which spring up amid the undergrowth of the luxuriant groundwater forest that covers the flats beneath the town. This alluring area is considered one of Ethiopia’s last great surviving wildernesses.