Soma Lodge: "Arba Minch's Best Lodge" Arba Minch' Hotel Tip by daniellebgraham
Arba Minch' Hotels: 3 reviews and 7 photos
I had an exceptional time at Soma Lodge, Arba Minch. When we arrived we were given a very informative tour of the lodge, the bungalows and the restaurant. The bungalows were very similar to Aragesh Lodge, the traditional weaving of the region meant the thatch work was practical as well as decorative. The bedding was also very comfortable and clean. Hot water is a rarity in the region and we all had warm showers after a very dusty 7-hour drive! The view was perfect, you can see both lakes clearly as well as down into the Nech Sar forest. The restaurant was very comfortable and the fresh grilled fish was the best fish I've ever had in Ethiopia. The owner, Getachew Haile, was very hospitable and paid attention to every detail of our stay, which is quite a luxury in Ethiopia (not a service-oriented country). We were able to request a 5 AM wake up and breakfast in order to make it into the national park to see the animals. Never in my experience of Ethiopia has someone been able to make a request like this and actually receive it on time! Not only that, but the price was unbeatable. Even the slummy Bekele Mola would have cost us more. Discovering the Soma Lodge definitely made the trip!
Points of interest: Definitely check out the Dorze tribe scarves, the Chenche Market just up the same mountain and the boat ride to see hippos and crocodiles. If you have nothing else to do then go to Nech Sar National Park and the crocodile farm.
Unique Qualities: The view was unbelievable and there was plenty of comfortable seating to watch the sunset and rise. There was also a traditional coffee ceremony set up just for us and the coffee from the region was very good.
Address: Just after you pass the Swaynes Hotel, on the left.
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: More people in the town are aware of Swaynes Hotel because it has been open longer (therefore had longer to go down the drain) so if you get lost ask the local people for directions to Swaynes Hotel, then drive past it and you'll see the Soma Bungalows.
Price: less than US$20