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Chencha road, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

it is a bit of an odd review for me to write because I have not actually stayed in this place. I do however have some comments about the service that they provide, especially when compared to some of the other lodges in Ethiopia. We have just returned from a 3 week indipendant tour around Ethiopia, and have had a... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This Lodge is in an amazing location high in the hills overlooking Lake Obayed. The terraced and colourful fields below are a delight and wonderful to photograph. Sunset is amazing. The food is basic but good. We had beer and water and the houses build in Dorze tribal style are clean, beds are comfortable, and very quaint. The place is... More

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Arequipa, Peru
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

This gets 4* by virtue of its attempt to offer tourists a chance to experience Dorze village life, and also because the money you spend here goes directly back to the village. The huts, the typical beehive huts of the Dorze people, are basic without any en suite. The beds are quite comfortable, the floors are of bamboo, scattered with... More

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Ottawa, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I want to preface my comments by saying I had no expectation that this was going to be some posh (western hotel) eco resort. We expected a rural lodge but for the price paid this was likely the least value of any location we stayed in Ethiopia. Let's start. They had absolutely no water, treated drinking, bottled or otherwise. I... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

When it comes to Dorze Lodge: you can't review or rate Dorze Lodge as only a lodge or a hotel - it is far too much more than that! Dorze Lodge is an experience - and a unique one!! When you first pass through the gate: the combination of the majestic view (and it's majestic with a big big M),... More

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Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband and I lived and worked in Ethiopia for a year and this was probably our favourite place we stayed. Dorze is a marvel, and I'm so happy Tsehai opened up the lodge - the only place to stay on this gorgeous mountain! Because it's a bit off the tourist track as compared to the historic Northern route, the... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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11 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

It may be because I work on Eco tourism projects, to preserve nature to live in nature, etc But The Dorze lodge is the basic Eco minded house make, What We like first is the grass roof,bamboo walls, etc Above all it is the best,safest place in the area if you want to stay comfortably not far from the food... More

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Hargeisa, Woqooyi Galbeed, Somalia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The Dorze Lodge boasts several round huts inspired by the local houses and sits atop a ridge that overlooks vast Abaya Lake. As others have noted, the view is amazing, and the staff was attentive and friendly. While a bed and chair are provided, a stay at Dorze Lodge is pretty much camping: a rudimentary washroom/toilet is fed by a... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Dorze Lodge is absolutely amazing. Located at 2500 metres altitude, you overlook the most stunning valley and lakes.  Although, the view is not the main thing that make Dorze so special, it is the people. The staff are so amazingly friendly and wonderful!!! Such a welcome surprise.  They met us at the bus station and arranged for a tuktuk up... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent a wonderful night at Dorze lodge and enjoyed the breathtaking view on the surrounding lakes and national park. I would defenitely recommend a stay in Dorze Lodge and pay a visit to Dorze town. The authenitic huts were basic but clean and the staff is extremely welcoming and helpful. Anne-May and Roos

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Address: Chencha road, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region > Arba Minch
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Welcome to the site of Dorze Lodge. In the fantastic mountains of the Dorze People close to Arba Minch, we have recently build a spectaculair lodge which is completely runned an owned bij the Dorze People. ... more   less 
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