Arba Minch is the gateway to the south west journey to the Omo Valley. Perched at 1,300 metres, the views from all directions are superb. Sunset over the Lakes Abyata and Chamo are set against the backdrop of mountains rising to 4,000 metres in the west. The local restaurants serve delicious fish dishes. You can explore the lake and nearby Nechisar National Park as well as visit the crocodile market. Arba Minch is the perfect base for a day trip to the highland town of Chencha and the Dorze people, with their incredible housees built to resemble the head of an elephant. The areas around Arba Minch, due to the climate and plentiful supply of water, are fruit producing and there is a feast of fresh fruit available to purchase. In downtown Sikela, a thriving market is a fun place to browse as villagers from the surrounding areas bring their goods to sell.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.