Lodging Type: Lodge
Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water, Spa - Bush Spa, Campsite
Eco & Green: Eco Policies, Solar Power, Community Development Projects
On the slopes of Ethiopia’s third highest mountain, Degosach Mountain Eco-Lodge offers extraordinary views and an authentic experience. The lodge is on the Lasta Plateau, surrounded by Afro-Alpine meadow and Afro-Montane species of flora such as Giant Lobelia.
The four round tukuls are built from traditional materials and have thatched roofs. The restaurant serves dishes created from locally grown produce – either grown in the lodge’s kitchen garden or bought from local farmers and nearby markets. There is also a sitting room, an education and information centre, and a campsite where visitors are welcome to pitch their tents. Nearby villages offer a taste of local culture.
Abune Yousef Community Conservation Park comprises Abune Yousef Massif, the third highest peak in Ethiopia. Other nearby peaks include Chebertay from which visitors can look over the Sekota mountains and valleys. Wildlife includes the Gelada Baboons and the rare Ethiopian wolf. Treks around here are challenging, enhanced by the experience and the views.
Yimrhanne Kirstos, located about 40km from Lalibela, predates the Lalibela churches by around 80 years, and was constructed in a completely different way from them. Built inside a cave, the church is formed of marble and wood. Also nearby is a rarely visited rock-hewn church, in a copse of Juniper trees, that has been dated to 500 years before the Lalibela churches during the time of the Axumite Empire.
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The most famous site in Ethiopia, and the one that arguably no visitor should miss, is Lalibela. Sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, visited as a pilgrimage site by many Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. ...