We arrived after dark, not too sure where we were and stumbled upon Dorze Lodge. We were welcomed by Tsehai the owner who spoke impeccable English. There were 5 of us and they only had one twin room available but in no time they had kindly gone out of their way to prepare another room so we were able to have a very comfortable nights sleep. Despite being busy we had a delicious meal prepared at the lodge. The sunrise over the lake the following morning was stunning, we were then taken on a tour by a lovely guide to the local village. The tour was very informative. We visited a charming Dorze dwelling and were shown how the local ensete dish was made from scratch. The women showed us their hand spinning which is then taken and woven by the men in the traditional way, we were able to by some lovely hand woven, pure cotton shawls. If we had more time we would have happily stayed for days!
Tsehai is a recommend guide, he has great knowledge ( from shopping to sight seeing ) He joined us in Arba Minch the following day and was very helpful, he went out of his way and came along to the national park with us.
All in all it was a fantastic couple of days and our favourite place to stay in all of Ethiopia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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