Imagine a natural retreat of outstanding beauty that combines five unique ecological zones, a secluded setting that is host to over 400 bird species, a diverse range of wildlife, spectacular array of plant life and un-spoilt biodiversity. Bishangari Lodge is less than 250kms South of Addis Ababa, situated on the shores of Lake Langano, Bishangari's secret has been safe thanks to its inaccessibility...
Bishangari is an eco-site, a natural wilderness, a wildlife sanctuary, a secluded beach resort and a luxury Lodge. The "Godjos" and "the Village" have been designed to offer the visitor a combination of natural wilderness coupled with a bit of luxury. Accommodation in Bishangari consists of mainly two types, Godjos (locally crafted bungalows) and the Village (Ethiopian village), which is specially built for people who would want to experience the traditional Ethiopian village...
As soon as you set foot in Bishangari you will experience peace and quiet that is unparalleled.
Accommodation is in eight individual bungalows and one suite, which are known as 'Godjos', each godjo is discreetly tucked away in groves of huge fig trees, with each one facing the lake.
They are spacious and airy, and are decorated with local native craft works and furnished using natural fibers. Each godjo has a private bathroom fully equipped with hot and cold water, natural toiletries and flufy towels...
You have another option if one wishes to experience the authentic Ethiopian village life. We have a new accommodation of 10 tukuls (mud huts), known as 'The Village'. The village can accommodate 22 persons, with 2 single beds per tukul. There are 4 communal bathrooms and showers adjacent to the tukuls fully equipped with hot water, towels and toiletries.
The village has a cozy and intimate feel similar to a typical village anywhere. To further enhance the cultural experience, by request we organize barbecues and musical evenings performed by a musical troupe from the nearby village.
You can experience the landscape of Bishangari on horseback. We offer you horseback riding through the ancient and pristine forest with a variety of plant life and trees ranging up to five hundred years old. You can ride through the forest and enjoy the crisp fragrance of wildflowers or gallop across a carpet of green grass across the wetlands.
Explore the Bishangari area with a mountain bike through an interesting trail, in the forest. Cyclists who ride in Bishangari know it has all the right ingredients for an exhilarating biking experience.
Bishangari offers the possibility of sitting quietly for hours for tilapia or catfish fishing. Since Bishangari is secretly tucked away offering fishing enthusiast absolute peace and quiet.
For many the most impressive natural feature of Bishangari is the unique ancient forest. The forest stretches for several kilometers and is cris-crossed by pathways that make exploring easy, although it is best to take one of our knowledgeable guides. Many trees are over five hundred years old and in many cases represent the last surviving example of endemic plant species.
Sights of baboons are common and the noisy chatter you will hear overhead will be colobus monkeys chasing each other through the treetops.
Bishangari is the ideal place for bird watching as it is located between the ancient forest and lake Langano. Out of the many aquatic bird species found on the lake are the great white pelicans, cormorants, darters, storks, kingfishers, Egyptian geese, fish eagles and many more. There are birds seen in abundunce by the lake, the ancient forest is also home to starlings, hornbills, weavers, bustards and many more. Around Bishangari not less than 300 bird species have been registered.
By request we have experienced guides to accompany you to the forest for birdwatching.