Arba Minch, in Amharic Forty Springs, received its name for its abundance of local springs which support the luscious rainforest. The city bordered by verdant mountains, is home to two of Ethiopia’s largest Rift Valley lakes and Nechisar National Park. Take a beautiful drive up the mountains and Dorze welcomes visitors to see and experience its’ traditional way of life. With its warm culture and connections with nature, this is one of East Africa’s hidden gems.
3 days, Arba Minch and Dorze
Day 1 : Dorze You will be collected from your Arba Minch hotel or from the airport and drive to Dorze. Enjoy our Dorze walking tour – along the way visit the traditional bamboo houses, spend time with a family learning how to make the local bread from false banana tree, enjoy the colourful market, watch the women spinning and see the famous Dorze weavers. Stay overnight at Dorze Lodge, renowned for the spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes. After dinner, sit by the camp fire and join in with the local village’s singing and dancing.
Day 2 : Arba Minch - Lake Chamo and Nechisar National Park After breakfast, drive to Arba Minch and take a motor boat across Lake Chamo to visit Nechisar National Park. Take a gentle hike across the savannah and see zebras, gazelles and different types of animals. On the return boat ride, you will see giant crocodiles, hippos, local fishermen, pelicans and different types of birds. Spend the evening in Arba Minch. Stay overnight at Paradise Lodge or Haile Resort.
Day 3 : Arba Minch - Forty Springs, Rainforest and walking tour After breakfast, drive to the Forty Springs and spend time in the rainforest, visit the springs, take a gentle hike to see bamboos, Columbus monkeys and waterhogs. Conclude your tour with a dip in the cool natural swimming pool. After lunch, visit Arba Minch market or enjoy our popular Arba Minch walking tour which concludes with a coffee ceremony. We will take you to either your hotel or the airport.
Add an extra day to your tour and visit one of the world heritage villages in Konso.
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