Aregash Lodge

Top choice lodge in Southern Ethiopia

The only thing of interest in Yirgalem (ይርጋለም), Aregash Lodge is one of Ethiopia’s most lauded lodges. The 16 Sidamo-inspired thatched huts are rustically plush with bamboo furniture and lots of space, while the grounds are home to 100-plus species of bird and black-and-white colobus. Hyenas come to feed during the evening coffee ceremony.

The excellent buffet meals, with vegies from the garden, cost Birr260. Walks to local villages are available. It's outrageous value.