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 renovated our spectacular lodge. If you stay in Dorze Lodge, then you stay very close to nature and to the local culture. This is the place to come to yourself or in touch with the friendly local people. The lodge is built in a rather rough (and beautiful) environment, and staffed by local people. We have a lot of activities you can do, like beautiful hikes and trekking’s (by yourself or guided). Other things you can do is: visit a local, visit the local school, join the local community in the evening at a campfire with music and dance, or go horseback riding. And we can offer you all kind of tours to different interesting attractions, close bye or up to the Omo valley. Or just lay in a hammock and enjoy the serenity. It’s amazing. We make sure that you will have an unforgettable time. You are very welcome. ... more less
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