Top things to do in Southern Ethiopia

Top Choice Village in Southwest Omo Valley

Kibish

The main settlement in this area is the colourful village of Kibish. Set in a bowl in the forested hills, it is a fascinating place populated by the striking Surmi people. Photographing the Surmi attracts a fee of B…
Top Choice National Park in Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park

More than any other park in Ethiopia, this national park is known for its wildlife, but it’s a very beautiful place, too. As you approach from Dodola, ridges to the east are punctuated with fortress-like escarpments…
Top Choice Lake in Awasa

Lake Awasa

With its mountainous backdrop, Lake Awasa is a lovely sight. You could easily spend a few pleasant hours strolling the lakeshore trail at the end of town, watching men fishing from papyrus rafts, seeing the various …
Top Choice Italian in Awasa

Venezia

Run by an Italian-Ethiopian couple, this upmarket trattoria-like venue wouldn’t be out of place in Roma, and gets top marks for its flawlessly prepared Italian specialities. You’ll find it hard to choose between the…
Top Choice Cafe in Dilla

Lem Cafe

Hands-down the best bakery/cafe in Dilla, with such a tantalising array of cakes and pastries that we almost made ourselves a nuisance here. It also has salads, burgers and pizzas, as well as excellent breakfasts an…
Top Choice International in Lake Ziway

Castel Kuriftu Wine House & Restaurant

Surprise! Easily one of the most characterful restaurants in Ethiopia, the Castel Kuriftu is a huge venture built from stone, wood and thatch. On top of its eye-catching architecture, it is noteworthy for the superb…
Top Choice European in Arba Minch

Paradise Lodge – Abaya Restaurant

Inside Paradise Lodge, the lovely ridgetop dining room, together with menu choices like poached fish or beef stroganoff, make this the most atmospheric restaurant and best sundowner spot in Arba Minch. There's outdo…
Top Choice Market in Awasa

Fish Market

Lake Awasa’s fishermen head out in their little wooden boats in the afternoon and return the next morning laden with tilapia and catfish. The men are amazingly deft at gutting, scaling, skinning and flicking the eye…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Awasa

Luwa Bar & Restaurant

Far more welcoming than some of the other traditional restaurants around Awasa, Luwa attracts a predominantly local crowd who come for the freshly prepared Ethiopian food – their lamb tibs is a cut above average. Si…
Top Choice Italian in Awasa

Dolce Vita Bar & Restaurant

Many people, apparently decompressing after a long time travelling in the south, rave about this Italian kitchen, and we share their unbridled enthusiasm. The food here (and the shady terrace) is clearly above avera…