c Salayish hotel and resort

Bishoftu's Garden Oasis

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Located on the edge of tranquil Lake Babugaya, Salayish Lodge and Park is the perfect place to relax during your stay in Ethiopia. The lodge consists of six traditionally-built bamboo tukuls in a lush garden filled with avocado, mango, and coffee trees, and one deluxe honeymoon suite with a panoramic view over the lake and surrounding countryside.
Enjoy the menagerie of animals, beautiful sunsets, and simple, fresh meals cooked over a wooden fire stove – then finish your evening around a campfire sipping home-made tej (honey wine). During the day you can enjoy a horse-ride, do some bird-watching, or visit some of the other crater lakes in the Debre Zeyit area.

Hut lodging

Garden hut doorstep

Equipped with double bed, ensuite bathroom, hot water shower with a porch and garden area

VIP Suite

VIP Suite

Hilltop suite with a panoramic view of lake Bobogaya and the surrounding countryside.



Camp out on our lush garden in one of our tents.

Dining & Events

Our atmospheric restaurant is built entirely from bamboo in the Sidomo style. We also have an outdoor eating area with a campfire and barbecue facilities suitable for large group gatherings.
The food is made using fresh, local ingredients cooked over a wood-fired stove. Our menu includes items made from local produce, including fresh fish from the lake. All food is very reasonably priced. Our traditional distillery produces areki, an alcoholic drink made from maize, and tej, a type of honey wine.
Our staff is able to work with you to organize events of different sizes – from a small birthday party to a large gathering or meeting.

What our customers say

(Top Pick) If you're looking for a place to kick back and unwind then look no further. The quaint, bamboo-thatched rooms are set in gardens filled with rambling bougainvilleas, twittering birds and fruit trees. A two-minute stroll from the atmospheric bamboo-hut restaurant will take you to the crest of a hill that enjoys wide views over Lake Bishoftu Guda. Lonely Planet LogoLonely Planet
... very rustic & natural with simple thatch huts engulfed by a charming but overgrown garden teeming with birds. Don't let the rough-hewn exteriors throw you - inside the huts are clean yet basic & have full-size beds and en-suite baths with hot shower. The Sidamo-style restaurant is completely constructed from bamboo thatch, including the floors, and the food is very inexpensive... Bradt LogoBradt Travel Guide
Only hours from Addis and affordable prices. We switched our phones off, switched our minds off, listened to the prayers nearby on Sunday, the birds, watched the chickens, laughed at the diminishing sizes of dogs and chilled out. We laid in hammocks, under mango trees and ate the excellent fish... Travel Guide logo(User) Rowena H

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Hut lodging


  • Double Bed
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Porch
  • Private Garden
  • Mosquito net
  • Bedside Table

VIP Suite


  • Panoramic view of Lake Babogaya
  • Private Balcony and lounge
  • Queen size bed
  • Personal maid and cooking
  • Private kitchen quarters and fridge
  • Ensuite bathroom



  • Lush garden
  • Tent provided

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