Arba Minch, which translates to "forty springs", is a city in southern Ethiopia, and is often also referred to by it's less common names; Gantar and Minghi. This city is located in the Semien Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region about 500 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at an elevation of 1285 meters above sea level. It is the largest town in Arba Minch Zuria woreda. Arba Minch received its name due to the abundant local springs which produce a groundwater forest. Besides the forty springs crossing the town is the River Kulfo, affectionately referred to as "cock river", which is used by the local people for washing cloths and farming. Located at the base of the western side of the Great Rift Valley, Arba Minch consists of the uptown administrative centre of Shecha and 4 kilometers away the downtown commercial and residential areas of Sikela, which are all connected by a paved road. On the eastern side of Sikela is the gate to Nechisar National Park, which covers the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south.
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