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Nech Sar National Park

Walking distance from Arba Minch, 'nech sar' means white grass in Amharic and is named after the pale plains in the park's west. However, Nech Sar contains a wide variety of other terrains, including acacia scrub, moist forests and open stretches of water. The park is surrounded by Lakes Chamo and Abaya, and the large populations of hippos and crocodiles are one of the areas main attractions. The crocodile market on the shores of Lake Chamo, where hundreds of the reptiles can be seen basking is a particularly good viewing spot. The park is also renowned for its birdlife, with a very healthy population of raptors.