$45 per night
$45 per night
The Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge, Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia

The Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia - Kebele 15 House 571, Debre Zeit

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Description - Hotel

The Lodge is situated near Debre Zeit, a town at 47 km south of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia). WINNER OF THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE by Tripadvisor in 2012.
Run by a Belgian and an Ethiopian lady.
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.
Note that there is no problem of malaria in Debre Zeit.

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.

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

The place
The view of the lake Babogaya is exceptional. Its surroundings are wooded and the volcano Yerer emerges behind. T
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.

For the foreigners, the price for 2 people is 900 birrs. If you are alone, the price is 700 birrs. The family room is 35 euros if the children are under 15 years, otherwise the price is 45 euros. Breakfast is included in the price.
Ethiopian people have a discount. Just contact the manager.

It is better to book, especially on weekends. we will answer in English, French, German, Dutch or in Amharic.

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: a cold buffet is offered with vegetables, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, drinks and fruits (around 60 Birr).
Dinner: two warm menus are prepaired (about 120 birr).
If you just want an egg with bread, no problem. Local traditional Ethiopian drinks are also possible to taste.
Coffee, tea and lemon are available free at all times.

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 Babogaya (no bilarlziose)
take the kayak or pedalo 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)

We are a special place for birdwathching.

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The space
  • Property type: Hotel
  • Guest rooms/units: 8
  • Year built: 2010
  • Public classification: 3
Hotel accommodations

Lowest price available: $45

Cottage Double Handicap facility Single Standard Triple Twin
  • Check-in: 12:00am
  • Check-out: 6:00pm

Hotel amenities

24-hr front desk Airport pickup BBQ area Bar/lounge Beach Boat rental Breakfast included Car rental Childcare or babysitting Children permitted Currency exchange Gardens Gay friendly Group services Handicap access Laundry/valet service Luggage carriers Meal plans Meeting facilities Multi-lingual staff Newspapers/magazines No curfew Open 24 Hours Pool (outdoor) Restaurant on site Room service Smoking permitted Taxi service Tour/sightseeing assistance WIFI (free)

Room amenities

2 rooms are on piloti near the waterside.

1 room is in a tree.

5 rooms with big bed are in the upper part, with toilet and shower included in the rooms. 2 family rooms have 2 double beds and 2 other single beds can be added

Backpacker facilities Balconies Coffee/tea maker Fireplace (gas) Fireplace (wood burning) Handicap facilities Microwave Mountain view rooms Rollaway beds available Television not available WIFI Wake-up calls


7 lakes are in Debre Zeit, several in the nearby.
Olympic swimmingpool at 4 km of the Lodge.

Points of interest
  • 6 other lakes to visit in the surroundings
  • Olympic swimming pool at 3 km of the lodge
  • Local markets 3 times week, horseriding on requeste
  • Birdwatching with 3000 cranes in wintertime and nests of vultures.

Food and drink
Eating in house
Viewpoint Lodge
Fresh fish from the lakes, fresh vegetables

Price details

$45 - 60 per night

45 USD for single bed

Credit cards: Not accepted on location

Available discounts

Children under 15 don t pay in the family rooms

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

The customer pays the bill cash in the lodge, USD or Birr.

Location - Hotel

Kebele 15 House 571, Debre Zeit
Debre Zeyit
Ādīs Ābeba (Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader)
Ethiopia  4000

Latitude: 8.78325, Longitude: 38.99681

How to get there

1 hour of the capital and the international airport.
We can pick you up at the airport

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 home. We can pick you up during the day for 30 euros (with reservations only, minimum 1 week in advance).

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:
From Addis: Take a bus in Addis bus at the bus station to Nazareth. Attention is the bus station 300 m from the train station.
From the south: take a bus to Addis Ababa and leave at Debre Zeit.
At Debre Zeit, take a city minibus blue for HORA (4 birr per person maximum). At the terminus, where you have an asfaltroad on your right, you can take a blue Bajaj for 5 birr per person. They will drop you at the entrance of the lodge after 1, 5 km.

Nearest airport: 40 km Addis Ababa International Airport