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Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge
Babogaya Lake, Ethiopia
The Lodge is situated on the edge of Babogaya Lake near Debre Zeit, a town at 47 km just 1hr south of Addis Abeba. This ancient volcano is 1km wide, and filled with clear water in which it is possible to swim, take out a kayak or even our paddle boat. The lush gardens provide a haven for birds and many species can be seen easily while taking breakfast and looking out over the picturesque lake.
The Lodge provides 9 rooms decorated 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 and those near the water are built in a tree house style.
The view of the lake Babogaya is exceptional. Its surroundings are wooded and views of the volcano Yerer emerge beyond.
It is possible to see about 50 different birds in the garden in 24 hours and even more on a short walk along the lake shore.
Just a short distance from the lodge the habitats change and many sought after birds including endemic Erlanger’s Lark and Wattled Ibis can be found, and during the months of November to February many thousands of Common Cranes congregate on the shallow lakes and wetlands. These wetlands also play host to harriers, eagles, bee-eaters, wheatears, shorebirds, ducks and even the majestic Black-crowned Crane.
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.
All our food is made with fresh ingredients. The breakfast (included in room price) is served at the veranda with homemade bread, tea / coffee, fruits, local honey, etc.. It is also possible to eat lunch and dinner at the lodge on request.
Our outside dining area provides wonderful views over the lake and the constant warm and mild climate makes it a pleasure to be outside.
The Lodge is ideally located just 1 hour from the international Airport in Addis Ababa, for $35 the lodge will pick you up and bring you directly to your accommodation.
Start your wildlife or birding adventure in Ethiopia by staying at Viewpoint Lodge just a short 1hr drive from Addis Ababa.
Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge
Double RoomsFamily Rooms
Private Facilities Shared Facilities 24hr – Electricity Hot & Cold Water Mosquito Nets Wifi Mobile Phone Coverage
Naturalist / Guide
Resident GuideGuided WalksSafari / Game DrivesNight Walks / Drives Boat Trips Near National Park / Reserve (less than 50km)Near Pond or Lake Checklists
Restaurant / DiningBreakfastLunchDinner Bar
Species List - English
- Erlanger’s Lark 2-10km
- Banded Barbet 1km
- Black Crowned Crane 2-10km
- Common Crane 2-10km
- Black-billed Barbet 1km
- African Spotted Creeper 1km
- Bruce’s Green Pigeon 1km
- Wattled Ibis 2-10km
- Blue-breasted Bee-eater 1km
- Pallid Harrier 2-10km
Species List - Scientific
- Calandrella erlangeri 2-10km
- Lybius undatus 1km
- Balearica pavonina 2-10km
- Grus grus 2-10km
- Lybius guifsobalito 1km
- Salpornis salvadori 1km
- Treron waalia 1km
- Bostrychia carunculata 2-10km
- Merops variegatus 1km
- Circus macrourus 2-10km