Wondo Genet

Southern Ethiopia

The name of this hot springs resort 16km southeast of Shashemene translates as ‘Green Heaven’, which was more applicable before the hills were cleared of most of their forest. The cement hot springs pools have more the feel of a water treatment plant than a resort, but it's a great place to enjoy a slice of local life.

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