A Great In The Southern Region

Buska Lodge, Turmi

Buska Lodge, Turmi Offers:

Lodging Type:

Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes

Facilities: Internet - Wifi, Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water, Spa, Campsite


  • Traditional tribes
  • National parks
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Markets

Price range:

  • Under 50 USD

  • 50-149 USD

About Buska Lodge, Turmi

Buska Lodge is in Turmi, home of the Hamar people. The lodge is owned and operated by Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours.

The 25 en-suite rooms are made up of singles, doubles and twins. The lodge offers laundry and Wifi, and has a campsite, with thatched shade roof and adjoining bathrooms. The restaurant serves Ethiopian dishes and some international dishes. The bar serves wines, spirits and beers, and has an outdoor fire-pit. The lodge also offers a menu of treatments including Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure.

The Hamar people can be recognised by their ochre-tinted skin and hair. They are known for their unique custom of bull jumping, a ceremony during which a young man proves he is ready for marriage by running over the backs of a row of bulls. At the same ceremony, the women of the tribe demand to be whipped by young, recently initiated men, taunting them should they not whip hard enough.

The local Hamar market is where the Hamar gather to buy, sell and socialise. Goods on sale include ornate woodcarvings, statues, chillies and spices, and the ochre paste that the Hamar use to adorn their hair and skin. Some of the other tribes of the Omo Valley, including the Karo and the Dassanach, also live in the vicinity and can be visited from here.

Highlights Near Buska Lodge, Turmi

While the tribes who live here are too numerous and too individual to describe here in detail, it would be a serious omission to write about the south without mentioning them. The tribes of the Omo Valley appear to have changed little for eons; the people of each tribe ...

While the towns of the region are few and far between, each has its own distinctive character and feeling. Shashemene is the home of the Rastafarian movement in Ethiopia, and has a Rasta museum and several Rasta bars. This originated when, in 1948, Emperor Haile Selassie gave some of his land ...