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Buska Lodge

South Omo Valley, Turmi, Ethiopia
Buska Lodge
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 hotel reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed three nights at the Buska Lodge and enjoyed every day, but the nights were AWFUL! The heat! The Omo Valley in February is dreadful but at least it's dry. The temp the three days we were there was 40C.......... Of course the owners have tried to make everything as comfortable as possible and that includes a bit of... More 

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Nice, France
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20 hotel reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No doubt about it, the Buska Lodge is the best lodging anywhere in the Turmi area. With lots of greenery surrounding the charming circular bungalows, it has a breath of freshness in this otherwise harsh landscape. The staff are lovely, the food good to excellent, and the whole ambiance is pleasant. Because of its remoteness, it runs on a generator... More 

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Noss Mayo, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Any tourist arriving here does so after several days travel south from Addis. In our case, three travel days and five days from Addis and indeed two weeks into a four week experience of Ethiopia. Our expectations has adjusted accordingly. The bedroom is nice enough. A round hut with terraces either side and two large single beds with mosquito netting.... More 

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Essen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed one night, the location was remote. We had electricity only 2-3 hours in the morning and afternoon. The room was clean, dinner in the restaurant was good, the mosquito net was adequate. The shower was weak, there was no hot water, no wifi (not unexpected in that remote location), about the breakfast I cannot say much, because after... More 

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54 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stayed here 2 nights. The rooms were small but clean and the shower was good. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. Lots of beautiful birds in the garden. The electricity only comes on about 6.30 am an goes off about 10.30pm. The lodge is close to the river and is only a short walk to where... More 

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24 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised with Buska Lodge having heard some dire reviews of the place. It is by far and away the best place to stay if you’re overnighting in Turmi. Yes, it’s a little rough around the edges but the rooms were fit for purpose. Electricity goes off at 10.30pm so the fans are a bit redundant. Rates are... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

There isn't a lot of choice of places to stay in the Turmi, Ethiopia area; but Buska Lodge is a pleasant place to stay. It is quite rustic and a bit basic, but clean and comfortable both in the sleeping units and in the restaurant and bar areas. The sleeping units are round hut-like units similar to the ones commonly... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The owners clearly have invested heavily in the look and feel of this traditional--style hotel. The rooms are well-appointed in a rustic sort of way. The dining room is pleasant and the staff friendly. But when it comes to the details... like a clean bathroom and a working shower, things get a bit thin. It's a real shame, because I... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Don't look any further. If you're in Turmi, you want to stay at the Buska Lodge. Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful, typical for Ethiopians. The food is good. Have your laundry done here. Enjoy the coffee ceremony. Go walking along the sand river just next to the lodge. Like most places in the Omo Valley, electricity is limited to... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I loved this hotel. Admittedly it isn't the best fit out ever but it is in a reasonably remote location that invites investigation of the local surrounds. A local guide took as to a little nearby village where we met a few (most were out working) local Ari people. I also went for a dawn walk and met a delightful... More 

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