A Great Homestay In The Southern Region

Dorze Lodge, nr Arba Minch

Dorze Lodge, nr Arba Minch Offers:

Lodging Type: Homestay

Dining: Ethiopian

Facilities: Child - Activities, Laundry, Showers - Bucket / Bush, Campsite

Eco & Green: Community Development Projects


  • Bird watching
  • Trekking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain climbing
  • Markets

Price range:

  • Under 50 USD

About Dorze Lodge, nr Arba Minch

A friendly homestay owned and managed by the Dorze tribe, Dorze Lodge is high on a mountain above the town of Arba Minch, overlooking the lake and valley below.

There are 10 en-suite traditional beehive rooms, and 4 traditional Dorze huts, entirely covered by organic materials, with communal bathrooms. All the furniture is made locally, and the sheets, curtains and other fabrics are hand-woven by the community. The restaurant serves local dishes made from ingredients grown by the farmers of the area.

The lodge gives its guests the chance to experience the culture and way of life of the Dorze people first hand. Activities include tours of local villages, visiting local schools, and helping local farmers, as well as horse riding, mule riding, trekking and mountain climbing. Guests are also welcome to relax in this peaceful lodge on the hill and enjoy the striking views The lodge’s staff are happy to talk about their traditions, and to show visitors how they make bread, honey and other foods. They also demonstrate the making of local crafts, especially their intricate weaving. Their products, from woven scarfs to natural honey, are available for sale. The lodge is an example of community-based tourism, where visitors contribute directly to the people of the area.

Highlights Near Dorze Lodge, nr Arba Minch

There are several national parks in the south of Ethiopia, all of which were gazetted for a specific reason – whether it was to protect a certain species, or to conserve a habitat, or something else. Bale Mountain National Park is the best known and arguably the most interesting ...

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 ...

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 ...