Lake Langano, Ethiopia
Situated on the shores of Lake Langano where monkeys, warthogs and beautiful birds are frequent visitors, Bishangari Lodge enjoys a remote location that combines five distinct ecological zones. Its secluded setting is host to more than 400 bird species, a diverse range of wildlife, a spectacular array of plant life and unspoiled biodiversity. The lodge is designed on sound environmental principles, using solar power and biogas (gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen) for energy. Public spaces and guest bungalows resembling traditional tukuls and gojos are built to evoke the look and feel of a traditional Ethiopian village, were constructed using traditional techniques and natural materials. Local art adorns the walls. Bungalows are situated well apart for privacy, and each enjoys a view of the lake. The fantastic two-story tree bar is a popular gathering spot, built in and around a nearly 400-year-old tree. The open-air dining area is a beautiful example of local craftsmanship, creating an atmosphere of dining al fresco in a forest clearing.