Lodging Type: Lodge
Dining: Ethiopian, Italian
Facilities: Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water
Aregash Lodge is built in the style of a traditional Sidama village. Set amongst the coffee fields of the Missailidis Family’s coffee plantation, the lodge overlooks lush green slopes. The Missailidis Family, originally from Greece, have been in Ethiopia for three generations and cultivate the tasty coffee for which Ethiopia is famed. The lodge is in Yigalem, around 50km from Hawassa.
There are 10 en-suite tukuls, 6 containing 4 single beds, 3 with a double bed, and a family tukul with a double and 2 singles. The circular tukuls are created from local materials and natural fabrics, and their roofs are thatched. Their living rooms have table, chairs and woven curtains, and are adorned with traditional Sidama arts and crafts.
The round restaurant has a high arched roof, and a terrace overlooking the green slopes. It serves Ethiopian cuisine, and some Italian dishes. The nearby forest has lovely trees and shrubs, and is home to over 100 species of birds and mammals including colobus monkeys and pelicans from the nearby lake. Activities include treks to the forest, visits to the caves and sacred sites, and visits to the natural hot and cold springs.
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