The 9 Best Things to Do in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

September 30, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Discover the best top things to do in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia including Omo National Park and River, South Omo Research Centre Museum, Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes, Chamo Lake, Konso Cultural Centre, Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Nechisar National Park, Abidjatta-Shalla National Park, Chebera Churchura National Park.
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1. Omo National Park and River

Jinka 1018, Ethiopia
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
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2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 298 reviews

Omo National Park and River

Open Ethiopia is running a trip to Omo national park and Omo valley tribes

Reviewed By adventurerealtor - boulder

Must do! We have been traveling in Africa for years, driving overland from South Africa, usually without any guides.
We got to spend quality time in a Hamer Village with only a few other tourists. The camaraderie was incredible, the interactions we had unforgettable, the photos... priceless!
We got connected to Gino and Lalo, and they were fantastic. Coming from a tribal background, their language skills and knowledge were very impressive.
We also had a fire in our Defender (my car), and the guides put us in touch with some good repair shops.
A week later, they still check in on us to see if we need anything.
Highly recommend!

2. South Omo Research Centre Museum

on top of hill in Jinka, Jinka, Ethiopia +251-06-750149
Excellent
44%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

South Omo Research Centre Museum

Reviewed By SashaMiami - Miami, Florida

We were so happy to find this little jewel museum. Very informative about Omo Valley tribes and their traditions. Fascinating informations about Omo Valley Women. If you go ask them to print it out for you. They will be happy to do so for a small donation.

3. Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes

Arbaminch town,Chamo Lake | Arbaminch, lake Chamo,Nech Sar, Arba Minch, Ethiopia +251 91 211 9551
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes

Reviewed By Gidons51 - Herzliya, Israel

Big city with 230 thousand population. A tourist center for the attractions in the area . In the area mainly grow bananas. Known for a 10 thousand students university. Sleeping point for visiting Dorse tribe , Chamo lake and Abaya lake . Some lodges and restaurants.

4. Chamo Lake

Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Excellent
34%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Chamo Lake

Reviewed By Patty6-13 - Davis, California

We enjoyed a 2 hour boat trip on Lake Chamo to view the huge crocodiles and many aquatic birds: fish eagles, Egyptian geese, goliath herons, white pelicans, maribou storks, & many more. Also saw 1 hippo. Lake is within Nechisar National Park.
Many local fishermen on wooden rafts setting nets.

5. Konso Cultural Centre

On the road with Stawberry Fields Eco-Lodge, Konso, Ethiopia 0467730419
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Konso Cultural Centre

Reviewed By packyderm - UK

Lovely walled village. Properly lived in and got genuine feeling inhabitants did not pull shutters down once tourists gone. Lots of walled alleys to wander down without locals pawing me and asking for 'photo, 5 birr'. Locals respected space and photos of village included in entry price. Handicrafts reasonable prices. Friendly people. Had great football game outside community hall. Children really appreciated that I joined in, even as a woman! Favourite tribe in the South.

6. Fish Market at Awassa Lake

Awassa Lake, Awasa, Ethiopia
Excellent
22%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Fish Market at Awassa Lake

Reviewed By livinglifetothefull1 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Really great to see how the local fisherman work in both the black market and official area. There were plenty of deals going down. Afterwards we walked in the local park where you can get very close to the monkeys and I would recommend

7. Nechisar National Park

From Arba Minch 32km, Arba Minch, Ethiopia +251 91 809 9039
Excellent
34%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Nechisar National Park

Reviewed By Gidons51 - Herzliya, Israel

The park is very big and includes the Abaya and Chamo lake near the city of arbaminch ( 40 springs) . You can find great wildlife, many species of birds , crocodiles, hippopotamus, some types of monkeys and more . Take one of the tours on Chamo lakes .

8. Abidjatta-Shalla National Park

Awasa, Ethiopia
Excellent
44%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Abidjatta-Shalla National Park

Reviewed By Chrisbeeoxford - Oxford, United Kingdom

Don't go expecting a wild mammal extravaganza: only wart hog, gazelle and if lucky jackal. The Park is a birder's delight and could occupy one for a full day. The enclosed area of the Park is to preserve some of the trees and bushes that covered the area before intense farming. The open area of the Park is vast preserving the rural agricultural landscape and protecting the lakes. It provides the view point from which one sees the two lakes and the savannah-like valley. Ensure you get your guide to take you there along the tracks past the round house mud and leaf-roofed farms with children using their two words of English - "Hello" and "money". It is very medieval. Keep an eye out for the Tawny Steppe Eagle in the trees at the look out point.
Back in the enclosed Park I was welcomed by a clear and long sighting of a Rufus-headed Roller which set the tone for a stream of species. I had a mere three hours in the Park and if one did the lake shores one could spend three days with ease discovering more and more. African Grey, Red-billed and Von Der Decken's Hornbill were sighted and photographed. The range in the enclosed area went from Kamaroa Apalis, White-rumped Helmet Shrike, Namaqua Dove, White-bellied Go Away Bird to Ostrich (within two metres).
Down on Lake Adibjatta's shore one is greeted (when present) by Lesser Flamingo as a continual ribbon of pink round its huge curve. A modest estimate would be a quarter of a million birds and almost certainly a great deal more. The track down is really a 4x4 route but my 12 seater van made it there and back grounding only once. To reach the edge will vary according to season. It was the dry season when I was there and a long walk over increasingly soft sand/dried and salt-crusted mud is essential to get close. The wind may create sand tornado. The edge of the water is the feeding ground for many species of wader. Without a 'scope it was hard to get within range as my guide kept pulling me back as I began to sink. Certainly Little Stint, Common Stilt, Redshank and Greenshank but without doubt others were present. Keep eyes open even in the arid hillside as Pipit and Hoopoe were about.
This Park had a triple interest for me - birds, views, and ecology. I would insist on another visit if in the area.

9. Chebera Churchura National Park

Ethiopia +251-472-270-004
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Chebera Churchura National Park

Reviewed By Nibby-Travels - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I just get back from 4 days’ trip from discovering Chebra Churechura Natinal park, this untouched national park found in Southwest Ethiopia 465km from the capital Addis Abeba. The road from Addis Abeba – Jimma is good road (350km) it will take around 6 hours’ drive and from Jimma to the national park headquarter is (115km) off road with 4x4 jeep it will take around 3 hours’ drive. What we did was, we start early in the morning and drive hallway there in like 11 hours. The landscape from Jimma to the park is amazing highlands Mountains view was great.
When we get there it was already dark but we contacted the park manager (+251917007656) Workenheh, he took us to the campsite, though there was a guest house for 200 birr for tourists and 100 birr for locals.
After steeling down the next morning we woke up 6am to discover what the park offer, mainly elephants, buffalos and hippos. what the park scouts and manager planed for us was to start 6am and drive to the starting point of the hiking to see the elephants and buffalos and then to come back around 9am for breakfast but what happened was, we start the hike around 7am after watching amazing sunrise on the way to the hiking, then we start looking for elephants and buffalos, after two hours of walk/hike we got face to face around 4 buffalos it was cool and at the same time very crazy scary, even if we have our two scouts with AK47
Right after this our scout start showing as the elephants up on the mountain, it was really far away so we start hiking up for another one hour to get close to them after almost 4 hours walk and hike we finally get face to face to African elephants! though there are two different Elephant specious no one could tell us witch ones where they. It was a big group around 30-40 elephants from not bad distance it was amazing. There are not much places you can get this cloth to African wiled elephants by foot.
The next day we went to the other part of the national park, really beautiful landscape even if there where no wildlife on the way, after one and half hours drive from the camp to the hippo’s lake, after the drive we park the jeeps and hike for 30m to see the lake and hippos, it was nice there where lots of hippos even if all of them where in the water.
After this we come back half way and went to see waterfall, I will say I seen better ones but the 20m walk was nice I guess.
In general, the scouts are really nice and helpful. The campsite is really beautiful and right next a small river you can take bath or clean your stuff, that was nice.
The park headquarter is about a km from small town that you can buy water and some fruit and there is also have some very local restaurants but only you can have local food. Since we have our cooking stuff and bring all the food with us we didn’t try the local restaurant. It was a great experience.

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