Despite its physical brilliance and cultural diversity, Ethiopia remains under-explored tourist destination. The hospitality service remains much to be desired and the tourist infrastructure outside Addis Ababa is generally inferior. This is, however, likely to change as some forward-thinking individuals are embarking up on the huge task of developing a hospitality and tourism industry. One such place Addis Journal is featuring in the second installment of top ten eco friendly lodges is Negash Lodge, located in Wolisso town, southwest of Ethiopia, 114km away from the capital.
The promotional pamphlet explains that the lodge was first built in the 1930’s and was used as holiday home by Emperor Haile Selassie, because of its natural hot springs which many believe has curative properties. In the late 1940’s it was named Ghion Hotel, and was one of the country’s biggest honeymoon destination. By the late 1950s it was renamed Ethiopia Hotel before being privatized in 2005 and called Negash Lodge. Read more…
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