Situated at the south western limit of the Awash National Park, some 205 km east of Addis Ababa, Awash Falls Lodge sits overlooking the Awash River – a view that includes the river’s gorge and falls. Hidden deep within the park’s acacia woodland, the lodge’s stated aim is to be ‘at harmony with nature’, an ambition it goes some way to achieving in the form of its collection of low lying rooms – or Tukuls – built from natural materials.
Much of the lodge’s social activities are focused on the fully licensed bar and restaurant. It is here that guests are offered either local or international cuisine, with the option of dining outside, by the campfire, on the veranda. All meals are followed by a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, a highlight for many guests.
The accommodation itself consists of numerous individual tukuls. Simply decorated, each Tukul at Awash Falls Lodge has its own electricity point, shower and veranda. Please note: Tukuls are available in singles, doubles, twins or triples. The largest sleeps up to 5 people, and possesses westerly views across the gorge. The sunsets are something else.
Often used as stopover for travellers to Eastern Ethiopia, the lodge is also extremely popular with birders and those wanting to experience the parks wildlife close at hand. To this end, the lodge’s guides are on hand to provide many different trekking routes, from climbing Mount Fentale to visiting the Palm Forest and hot springs. Boating and camel rides are also available.