Arba Minch, meaning 40 springs, is named after the several bubbling streams surrounding the town. Arba Minch and its surrounds is a glorious feast of nature. Here you will find two of the country's greatest rift valley lakes, situated close to each other and shaping the neck of land between the two lakes, known locally as the 'Bridge of Heaven' because of the breathtaking scenery.
A large number of crocodiles inhabit both lakes, especially Lake Chamo. In the southern part of the town is the Azzo Gabaya (crocodile market) where crocodiles are displayed and sold.
The forests surrounding Arba Minch are home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, baboons, bush pigs, as well as some of the endemic birds.
Set in a mature garden of succulents and palm trees, overlooking the Rift Valley, Paradise Lodge Arba Minch is a large and traditional looking lodge of thatched bungalows.