The Lodge is situated near Debre Zeit, a town at 47 km south of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia). Localisation on google map... Hotel
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, to go around with a kayak or with our paddle boat.
Note that there is no problem of malaria in Debre Zeit.

2 bikes are available to discover the surroundings and many books about Ethiopia and specially birds. Free wifi available.
There are 9 rooms in a traditional style. Almost all have view over the lake.
Some rooms are on top of the old crater, others down near the water.
  • Rooms 1, 2 are on stilts near the lakeshore. 1 double bed. Shared bathroom near the central veranda (about 70steps). Room 1 has a cold shower.
  • Room 3 is on stilts near the lakeshore. 2 double beds. Shared bathroom near the central veranda (about 40 steps).
  • Rooms 4, 5: 1 double bed and we can add a single bed. Bathroom is in the room.
  • Room 6: 3 double beds and bathroom in the room.
  • Rooms 7, 8:  1 double bed and bathroom in the room.
  • Room 9: on stilts, 2 double beds, shared bathroom.

The hotel is run by a Belgian guy and an Ethiopian Lady.

The Lodge win every year the Award of Excellence by Tripadvisor since 2012

The place

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 in the garden in 24 hours  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.


The price for 2 people is 48€. If you are alone, the price is 40€. A family room is 48 euros if the children are under 15 years, otherwise the price is 65€ for 3 people or 75€ for 4 people. Breakfast is included in the price.


It is better to book, especially on weekends. You can call 00251 (0)911 465 693, we will answer in English, French, German, Dutch or 00251 (0)911 864 679 in Amharic.
By email lakebabogaya@live.com


All our food is made with fresh ingredients. The breakfast (included in room price) is served at the veranda with homemade bread, local bread, tea / coffee, fruits, local honey, etc.. It is possible to eat lunch and dinner at the lodge on request.
Lunch: spagetti, pizza, rice with vegetables, juice (around 80 Birr).
Dinner: several warm menus are prepaired (about 150 birr).
If you just want an egg with bread, no problem. Local traditional Ethiopian drinks are also possible to taste. 


A location closer to the lodge is available for free.

How to come here?

By taxi from the airport:

You can take a yellow taxi from the airport. For about 30 euros (negotiation!), it will take you to the lodge, day and night. You ask Debre Zeit Babogaya. Allow 1 hour to get to the lodge. We can pick you up during the day (with reservations only, minimum 1 week in advance, just send us an email for the price).

By car:

With a car, you drive 47 km from Addis on a paved road in the direction of Nazareth to the town of Debre Zeit. At Debre Zeit you follow the indication MARITIME TRAINING INSTITUTE. You see this big plate from the road to Addis and tell you to turn left in Debre Zeit, 5.5 km to Babogaya. You follow always this road, you pass after 3 km the veterinary faculty of the Addis Ababa University on your right. You will see the big picture of this website just after the faculty. You follow this road and you take after some 800 m the asfaltroad on your right. You follow this road for 1,5 km and you will see again the big picture of our lodge at the entrance of the lodge, on the left side of the road.

So we are just 5 km from the center of Debre Zeit. It takes one hour from Addis.

By public transport:

Take in Addis a minibus to the Akaki busstation. There you take a minibus to the busstation in Debre Zeit. A three-wheeled Indian may take you to the lodge for 30 birr.

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.
  • Take the bike to visit the surroundings.
  • Perfect speaking guides are available for your visits or trips.

What can you visit in the surroundings?

We organize trips to different nice places :
  • Debre Zeit Market on Tuesday and Saturday, Godino market on Monday.
  • Olympic swimming pool at 3 km of the lodge.
  • visit the 7 different lakes in Debre Zeit and its surroundings. One at 200 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 November to March, is at 2 km.
  • All birdtrips with ornitoligist in Ethiopia.
  • 3 days visit to the Rift Valley lakes with nights on Awassa lakeborder, thousands of flamingo's, the hot water swimmingpool of Wondo Genet, a boottrip on Ziway Lake and a forest walk in Lepis to a big waterfall.
  • 7 days visit to the different people living in the OMO vally : Hammer, Mursi, Karo, Konso. Exclusive boottrip on the OMO river. Staying overnight in a Hammer village by tent.

Green crater lake, 20km from the lodge