A Great Homestay In The Southern Region

Family Lodge, Arba Minch

Family Lodge, Arba Minch Offers:

Lodging Type: Homestay

Dining: Ethiopian, Set menu

Facilities: Showers - Bucket / Bush, Campsite

Eco & Green: Community Development Projects


  • Traditional tribes
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain climbing

Price range:

  • Under 50 USD

About Family Lodge, Arba Minch

This simple homestay is designed and managed by the Dorze tribe. High on the mountain, the homestay has lovely views on all sides.

The 12 round tukuls have walls and roofs of woven bamboo. They can be furnished with 1 or 2 single beds, and a chair. The bathroom block, adjacent to the tukuls, has loos and showers in bamboo cubicles. The restaurant, also created from bamboo, is adorned with the tribe’s traditional artefacts, and has colourful traditional fabrics over the windows. Tables and chairs are made from wood and animal hides. Breakfast is included, and the team can prepare local dishes for lunch and dinner on request.

Across the road from the homestay is a local village that guests are welcome to visit. The local people are happy to demonstrate how to make their staple dish – flatbread made from fermented false banana pulp, eaten with honey and chilli, and washed down with local firewater. Visitors are also welcome to try their hands at harvesting honey from the beehives, to wander around the vegetable fields and to watch a weaving demonstration. Traditional scarves are for sale.

Activities include mountain climbing and trekking. This is a wonderful place to experience the life of the Dorze tribe, to try their food and learn about their culture.

Highlights Near Family Lodge, 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 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 ...