Arba Minch

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    Top Descriptions

    Arba Minch is a great example of how different groups of tourists can see the same place in two very different ways. While some travellers might speak highly of the town and its surroundings, especially those staying exclusively at the , the childless backpacker crowd might find Arba Minch to be tougher work than expected, and not so rewarding either. If you’re the type who eats somewhere different every night and who walks the streets just to explore and soak up the ambience, you might find Arba Minch rather lacking (you might also find yourself being harassed by all manner of young beggars and dishevelled hawkers!). The might just be one of the main reasons you’ve come this far south, and if you’re not on a prearranged tour you can be certain to find yourself dealing with the – who are pretty much the only outfit in town. If you do have the option to safari elsewhere in East Africa, you might want to save your coin and focus on a visit to the interesting instead. You could even get some perspective on the town by trying out the ; the hassle-free views of lakes Abaya and Chamo from up there almost make the journey this far south worthwhile.
     
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    Top Tips

    Arba Minch is split into the two towns of Sikela and Shecha. Minibuses run the 4km between the two for about ETB5.
    While Shecha has a higher concentration of tourist amenities, Sikela is cheaper and is where you’ll find the (as well as other town amenities) and the entrance to .
    Don’t expect access to too many facilities or amenities in Arba Minch. It feels more like a rural town here than a city.
     
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    The Town

      What should we know?

      Name in local script:አርባ ምንጭ
      Also known as:Ganto Garo, Forty Springs
       
      Tour operator(s):
      Rental operator(s):
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      Port(s):N/A
      Station(s):
      Terminal(s):N/A
       
      Environment type:forest, lake, mountain, scrub
      Location type:town, rural
       
      Religion type:Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

      What can we see or do there?

      Events:
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      Animals:olive baboons
      Birds:marabou storks

      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
      Average daily budget:ETB860

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:5 nights
      High season:September to January
      Low season:July, August

        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):Amharic, Dorze, English
        Timezone:UTC+03:00
        Country calling code:251

        How can we get there?

        Coordinates:6.02794, 37.56304
        Geographical feature:Lake Abaya, Lake Chamo, Nech Sar National Park

        What are the numbers and averages?

        Number of attractions visited:5
         
        Travel time to attractions:1 hour
        Travel time to next location:6 hours
         
        Size:
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        Altitude:1,285m

        Local Availability

          ItemSizeCost
          Beer (multinational)500ml
          Beer (national)500mlETB12
          Fizzy drink1 litreETB35
          Fruit juice1 litreETB60
          Gin (multinational)1 litreETB750
          Gin (national)1 litre
          Milk1 litre
          Oil1 litreETB70
          Rum (multinational)1 litreETB630
          Rum (national)1 litre
          Vodka (multinational)1 litreETB450
          Vodka (national)1 litre
          Water1 litreETB8
          Whisky (multinational)1 litreETB690
          Whisky (national)1 litre
          Wine1 bottleETB170
          ItemSizeCost
          Almonds100g
          Apples1kg
          Bananas1kgETB20
          Bell pepper1kg
          Bread1 loafETB0
          Carrots1kgETB0
          Chillies1kgETB0
          Chocolate (multinational)1 barETB25
          Chocolate (national)1 barETB10
          Coconut milk1 can
          Cucumber1kg
          Eggs1 dozenETB0
          Garlic1kgETB0
          Ginger1kg
          Honey1 jarETB38
          Ice cream1 unit
          Jam1 jarETB55
          Onions1kgETB30
          Oranges1kgETB20
          Pasta1kgETB70
          Peanut butter1 jarETB30
          Peanuts100g
          Potatoes1kgETB0
          Raisins100g
          Rice1kgETB55
          Sandwich1 unit
          Tomatoes1kgETB30
          ItemSizeCost
          Antifungal shampoo1 bottleETB100
          Conditioner1 bottleETB30
          Condoms1 packETB3
          Deodorant1 canETB60
          Floss1 pack
          Hand sanitizer1 bottle
          Laundry soap1 barETB10
          Razors1 pack
          Sanitary towels1 packETB22
          Shampoo1 bottleETB55
          Soap1 barETB12
          Tampons1 box
          Toilet roll1 unitETB11
          Toothpaste1 tubeETB0
          Washing powder1 boxETB10
          ItemSizeCost
          Antiseptic cream1 tube
          Bandages1 packETB6
          Chapstick1 unitETB25
          Contact lens solution1 bottle
          Headache tablets1 packETB3
          Ibuprofen1 packETB5
          Mosquito repellent1 bottle
          Nail clippers1 set
          Plasters1 packETB10
          Sun cream1 bottle
          Sunglasses1 pairETB0
          ItemSizeCost
          Batteries4-pack
          Chilli powder100g
          Cigarettes (multinational)20-pack
          Cigarettes (national)20-packETB0
          Coriander100g
          Cumin100g
          Fuel1 litreETB14.50
          Internet1 hourETB15
          Lighter1 unitETB0
          Matches1 packETB0
          Paprika100g
          Travel multiadapter1 unit
          Travel plug1 unit
          Turmeric100g
          Stock1 pack

          Local Cuisine

            DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
            Beyaynetu (fasting food)ETB70
            Breakfast (continental)ETB59
            Breakfast (cooked)ETB149
            BurgerETB65
            Cake (slice)ETB26
            CarbonaraETB82
            CerealETB63
            Crème CaramelETB43
            Curry (generic – meat)ETB105
            Cutlet (beef/chicken)ETB110
            Cutlet (fish)ETB90
            Doro watETB45
            Eggs (how you like)ETB51
            French friesETB51
            Fried (chicken)ETB98
            Fruit saladETB31
            FullETB30
            Goulash (beef)ETB80
            Grilled (fish)ETB87
            DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
            Ice cream (scoop)ETB40
            Ice cream (sundae)ETB30
            Injera firfirETB48
            Key watETB60
            KitfoETB98
            LasagnaETB105
            Mixed grillETB98
            Pancake (simple)ETB43
            Pasta (meat)ETB64
            Pasta (vegetable)ETB53
            Pizza (loaded)ETB98
            Pizza (simple)ETB98
            PorridgeETB45
            Quanta firfirETB70
            DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
            Rice (meat)ETB59
            Rice (vegetable)ETB52
            Roasted (chicken)ETB102
            SaladETB55
            Salad (meat)ETB68
            SandwichETB56
            ShiroETB48
            Shiro bozenaETB68
            Shiro tegaminoETB53
            Skewers (meat)ETB70
            Soup (meat)ETB56
            Soup (vegetarian)ETB50
            Spring rollETB48
            SteakETB97
            Stir fry (meat)ETB116
            Stroganoff (meat)ETB140
            TibsETB79
            TiramisuETB40
            Whole (fish)ETB128
            BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
            Beer (national)ETB18
            CappuccinoETB10
            CoffeeETB9
            Cognac (shot)ETB60
            Fruit juice (fresh)ETB15
            Gin (shot)ETB42
            MilkETB10
            MilkshakeETB18
            Ouzo (shot)ETB15
            Red BullETB60
            Soft drinkETB12
            TeaETB8
            Tequila (shot)ETB42
            Vodka (bottle)ETB600
            Vodka (shot)ETB36
            Water (2L)ETB21
            Whisky (bottle)ETB1,300
            Whisky (shot)ETB39
            Wine (bottle)ETB130
            Wine (glass)ETB45

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