This was not my first trip to Ethiopia. I had a very brief visit back in 2010, but I don’t remember too much of it, and I was only staying in Addis Ababa. 

For this visit, I would have to fly into Addis, but get a second flight to the south of the country, to a small town called Arba Minch. Formed in 1960, this small town is located in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley. Its rich green environment is a haven for wildlife, and a popular destination for tourists looking to connect with nature.


It’s not often I get to say this, but the hotel was one of the highlights of the trip! Arba Minch is only a small town, so there are not too many hotels to choose from, but if you’re ever visiting the area then you have to stay at the Paradise Lodge. Do not expect your usual boring Western hotel block, THIS is an African hotel! 

Upon arriving you immediately get a sense of what the hotel will be like, and you are greeted by the friendliest staff you’ll ever meet at any hotel…..this sets the tone for everyone I met during my stay too.

Here's a selection of photos from the trip.....