Lodging Type: Lodge
Dining: A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Showers - Bucket / Bush
Eco & Green: Eco Policies, Solar Power, Community Development Projects
Hudad, meaning Big Farm, was named by King Lalibela in the 11th century when he first visited the area. It’s said he chose to join the local communities and to farm the land with them; the stone he tied his mule to can still be seen today.
The lodge’s tagline – simplicity and letting go – aptly describes this eco-lodge high in the hills over Lalibela. There are four tukuls, each accommodating up to four guests. The tukuls were built using traditional methods and natural materials: thick mud and stone walls, and thatched roofs.
The lodge is a community-based eco-lodge. Food is grown locally, and is served overlooking the views, around a barbecue or can be taken as a picnic on a trek. The area has spectacular views, lovely hikes, wildlife and birdlife, and the lodge’s guides are available to take guests on special hiking programmes including visits to ancient villages, monasteries and churches. The Abachagula Reserve is home to large numbers of endemic flora and fauna, including the famed Gelada Baboons.
The plateau on which Hudad sits is at an altitude of 3,300m. Most of the way is accessible by car, but the last half hour or so has to be taken on foot or on mules. Visitors are welcome to walk the whole way, or ride the whole way, if they prefer.
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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. ...