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The Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

Guesthouse | Kebele 15, Debre Zeit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia n/a

91.4% Overall Rating

4 out of 4 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (08/08/2014)

"The lodge is located excellent, so beautiful! The view on the lake is magical. The lodges and outside sitting areas are wonderfully decorated, and the turtles and rabbit are great, too! Staff, although not speaking…"

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  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Late check-out
  • Room service (24 hour)
  • BBQ area
  • Café
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Outside area
  • Children's play area
  • Supervised child care / activities

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 50.00

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

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The Lodge is situated near Debre Zeit, a town at 47 km south of Addis Abeba.
We are on the border of Babogaya lake, which is an ancient volcano 1km2 wide, filled with clear water in which it is possible to swim or to go around with a kayak or by waterbike for free. There are also bikes for free.
No malaria in Debre Zeit.
Winner of the Award of Excellence by Tripadvisor in 2012 and again in 2013
The hotel is run by a Belgian guy and an Ethiopian Lady. Read more

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About The Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

The view of the lake Babogaya is exceptional. Its surroundings are wooded and the volcano Yerer emerges behind.
You can see about 50 different birds from the garden and many tortoise. Emperor Haile Sellasie spent secretly his weekends on the lakeside.
The climate is like throughout the year to what is found in the south of France in May. We want to offer a relaxing and enjoyable place for all those who love nature.

Accommodation Information

There are 8 rooms in a traditional style. Almost all have view over the lake. The lodge is going to the lake Babogaya .
Some rooms are on top of the old crater, others down near the water. Some are in the house, others are in a traditional hut and others, finally, on stilts (above water).
All rooms have double beds with moskito net. There are 2 family rooms with 2 double beds and bathroom. 4 other rooms have also a private bathroom.
For those who like to sleep in the rooms near the lakeside or in the three-room (threehouse), there are 2 other bathrooms available.
We can add 4 more single beds to different rooms so that classes with 20 children and 4 adults can make retreat at the lodge.

Location Information

What can you do at our lodge?

simple relax, sitting down in our nice garden and enjoying view, looking at birds, our big turtles
swim in the lake
take the kayak and make a tour on the lake, visiting the borders with specific birdlife
take part the traditional coffee ceremony to discover Ethiopian culture, Ethiopian life.

What can you visit in the surroundings?
We organize trips to different nice places :

visit the 7 different lakes in Debre Zeit and its surroundings. One at 500 m, Hora at 2 km, Bishoftu at 5km, Kilole at 12 km, Green crater lake at 20 km, the Cuban lakes at 7 km and the beautiful seasonal lake with often thousands of birds, from September to March, is at 2 km.
Zequala Mountain at 30 km proposes you a climb of 1000m with a lake at the top.
visit Debre Zeit Market on Tuesday and Saturday.
In Debre Zeit, there is an olympic swimming pool
climb up the Yerer crater, at 15 km, which is 2800 m above sea level.
Daytrip to Addis (1hour)
Daytrip to the hot water swimming pool of Sodore (2 hours)
Daytrip to the Kereyou pastoralists and Besaka lake (2 hours)
Daytrip to the Awash National Parc and waterfalls (2,5 hours)
2 days or 3 days visit to the Rift Valley lakes, night in Awassa, thousands of flamingo's, the hot pool Wondo Genet and a cruise on the lake with hippos Ziway