We stayed at Bishangari Lodge as bird watchers for one night at the end Dec 2013.
It is about a 20km drive on a rough road to the lodge where new visitors are transported the 200m to the office from the car park via a cart and horse. All a bit unnecessary but all done no doubt to reinforce the lodge's Eco credentials, all cruelly revealed as a sham when you see the plastic in the rooms!
There are two types of 'hut' priced at $200 and $100 respectively. We stayed in the cheaper one which we found basic, clean, small but with comfortable beds and individual mosquito nets.
The evening meal was a five course affair but very pricey at $23 - the soup was poor and tasteless and the main course not much better.
The lodge is close to the shore of Lake Langano and there is excellent bird life in the fig forest which encompasses the expensive huts, office and restaurant. However, this doesn't justify the exorbitant prices charged for both food and accommodation. And the lodge managers need to do much more to justify the 'Eco' than just solar power.
We are well travelled in the African continent and for $200 per night there are much better places to stay with modern lodges and all the facilities. Even at $100 per night did not deliver a value for money experience for us. But this seems to be the Ethiopian way. Put a sub-standard lodge in a good locality and charge the premium. Other countries do it so much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A natural retreat of outstanding beauty that combines five unique ecological zones, a secluded setting that is host to over 400 bird species, a diverse range of wildlife, spectacular array of plant life and unspoiled biodiversity. Bishangari Lodge is less than 250kms South of Addis Ababa, situated on the shores of Lake Langano. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bishangari Hotel Langano
- Bishangari Lodge Ethiopia/Langano