Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Perched on the edge of Ethiopia’s Simien Escarpment, Limalimo Lodge is a simply stunning location from which to experience Simien Mountains National Park. The ecologically designed boutique lodge embraces sustainable tourism with minimal environmental impact. Constructed with rammed earth walls, living roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, wood and thatch materials, and utilizing renewable energy sources, the lodge offers a respite for guests that is both eco-conscious and elegant. Twelve airy rooms in individual chalets are spaced over the leafy 25-acre property. Each private room features high ceilings, warm earthen tones, en suite bathrooms and a wall of picture windows. With crisp modern lines and plush bedding, the atmosphere is warm and contemporary.
At the top of the hill, the bar and restaurant have a cozy fire pit that makes high-altitude evenings on the spacious terrace comfortable. An indoor fireplace sets the ambience for intimate meals in the dining room. Throughout the property, large acacia trees are strung with hammocks, and inviting benches are scattered about from which to watch animated troops of Gelada monkeys. The lodge features the work of Ethiopian artisans and relies heavily upon members of nearby Limalimo village to run the property. In the dining room, ingredients are sourced from local producers, while a part of the lodge’s proceeds are earmarked for wildlife conservation in the national park.