We stayed at Negash Lodge in the town of Woliso (also known as Giyon). It’s an old lodge that has been beautifully renovated. It has also been enlarged: you can stay either in a room in the original building, or in one of 13 traditional style houses on the spacious grounds. Our family slept in a very comfortable two-story tukel.
The lodge is host to Ethiopia’s only indoor swimming pool; it also has billiard tables, two restaurants, and treehouse bar.
But the best part is the wildlife. We were greeted by a troupe of vervet monkeys on the front lawn of our tukel. The graceful black and white colobus monkeys were a little harder to find but a photogenic group showed up just as we were getting ready to leave. I saw two little antelopes, dik-diks or klipspringers (I don’t know the difference yet) and some giant mole-rats, which are cuter than you’d think. The mole-rats were too fast for me, so the picture in the slide show is from Wikipedia.