The Ankober Palace Lodge is a really interesting place. The accommodations are simple, yet comfortable. We had a family turkel which fit the four of us. The food in the restaurant is solid, and offers Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian options. The staff is helpful, if not necessarily warm. There was plenty of hot-water in our shower. Think of this as luxury camping.
The environment around the lodge is spectacular. Ankober is at the edge of the Rift Valley and you enjoy amazing scenery from the lodge. We saw many Ankober Serin.
The drive to the lodge is long and the final 42km are on a poor, gravel road.
A warning: the lodge is high altitude and we were very cold at night. The hot-water bottles offered by the lodge were a must.
Definitely take advantage of the paid tours. We visited an Ankober farm house, which was both interesting and exciting. Had we stayed longer, we could have hiked for days.
Overall this is a fun place for families and those interested in an authentic Ethiopian experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ankober Palace Lodge as the name indicates is a reconstruction of the Palace of Emperor Menelik who reigned in Ethiopia in the 19th Century. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history of the region by visiting some of the historic churches and a small museum that displays ancient books, arts, clothing and other memorials. The Lodge is on top of a conic hill which provides spectacular scenery over the famous East African Rift Valley that spans from the Red Sea down to Malawi. The area is very calm and peaceful. It is fit for rest and recuperation. We also provide trekking to the neighboring mountainous areas with experienced guides. We have trekking programs ranging from 2 to 6 hours or longer ones for a full day or even a few days. For longer programs we accompany our guests with tents and also staff that will prepare suitable food. We provide mountain backs and horse rides for those guests that are interested. As Ankober was the seat of the capital of Ethiopia for centuries there are historical churches to be visited. ... more less
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