Our accommodation of choice at Lake Langano, the recently re-branded and refurbished Hara Langano is on the eastern side of the lake and is a perfect place at which to stop after trips to Bale or Southern Ethiopia.
The 10 rooms all have en-suite bathrooms and are spaced sufficiently far apart to create a feel of privacy and seclusion.
The new managment has rehabilitated a section of the lakeshore/ beach with a view to attracting back some of the lake's resident hippos and this has worked well. Good meals are offered in the open-air dining room/restaurant.
The lodge has its own kitchen garden where produce is cultivated; a tree nursery for replenishing the surrounding woodland and they have a workshop employing local staff to support the hotel and develop skills. Management has worked closely with the local school, Kimphe, where they have provided clean water and staff accommodation. Water supplies are shared with local families.
Activities on offer include boat trips. fishing and birding walks. There is also hippo watching and one of the local birding guides is widely praised as being among the best in Ethiopia.
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