The Lalibela Hudad is a community based eco-lodge. Ecologically sustainable tourism, fostering appreciation of the local culture and nature, fresh food and outstanding service are some of the principles that inspire staff and community every day.
Recently the Lalibela Hudad received a Certificate of Excellence from tripadvisor.com a leading travel related content provider.
Our tukuls are scattered over a 10 hectare (24.7 acres) plateau, are placed in a “lost world” abundant with wildlife, breath taking views and dramatic pink sunsets.
Hudad is about rest, reflection and cultural immersion. Our plateau has a single entrance, surrounded by cliffs on all sides, ideal for sightseeing, talking to indigenous passer-byes and meditation.
What’s on offer?
We have currently completed 4 Tukuls that can accommodate between 3 and 4 guests each. (A group of 15 can comfortably be accommodated), with basic sanitation facilities.
The Lalibela Hudad is a great respite or beginning point for the tour of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Many of our guests discover the trekking to the Hudad to be very invigorating. We arrange special hiking programs including bush hiking, ancient village tours, and monastery visits.
The Hudad Lodge is a family friendly destination, and our carefully selected guides are completely at your service.
We provide shuttle service from airport. Upon arrival contact either Mesfin on (+251)945256056 or Derebe on (+251) 913 38 23 41
The Lodge is accessible by hike/mule and partially by vehicle. minibus can pick you up in Lalibela town and take you 45 minutes of the way up and pick you up after a short return hike. This makes an early flight very convenient.
Surrounding the sacred Ethiopian town of Lalibela is a mountainous territory steeped in an ancient and biblical culture, where traces of a millenary mythology still mark the territory, and social practices are as alive today as they were 2000 years ago.
The Hudad, or “the Big Farm” was named this way by the King Lalibela – the builder of Lalibela’s famed churches when he first travelled towards the town in the 11th century. He chose to join the local communities and to farm the land and tied his mule to a stone on the Hudad which is still visible today. The plateau, a secluded, ten hectare natural balcony, is now no longer herded and is in many ways an island, teaming with wildlife, and a precious and vibrant example of the montane grassland ecology. Here, for as far as anyone can remember, lonely cattle herders have sat and idly gazed across the valley beyond, enjoying the mild and idyllic climate of their homeland.
The Hudad is an ideal resting place for weary travellers, made private surrounding cliff faces and by a single entry point.
Inspired by the great works in Lalibela, local villagers have quarried and moved huge rocks across the plateau and embarked on a journey to turn this paradise into a destination that can be visited by all.
Always with an attention to the silent character of the Hudad, and with an attention to the details that transform an opportunity into a thriving, sustainable community business and a destination worth visiting.
Why not join them and come and enjoy the view?
The Lalibela Hudad’s management has viable expansion plans. There will be a restaurant, a café, outdoor living areas, and wildlife observation dens.
It’s four Tukuls will cater for up to three guests each.
The Lalibela Hudad is a sustainable hotel
The Lalibela Hudad has been built to nestle comfortably within the landscape. We want our activities to have a minimal impact on the environment and have built our lodge out of local, natural materials using the local vernacular style wherever possible.
The Tukul Suites are built using traditional methods with thick mud and stone walls and a thatch roof. The local building method keeps the suites cool in the day and warm at night.