Sora Lodge at a glance
- Popular hotel amenities: restaurant, cooking classes, garden, massage and spa centre, kid’s play area, coffee shop, airport transfer.
- Room amenities: laundry service, private bathrooms, balconies, TVs (rock-hewn rooms), minibars (rock-hewn rooms).
- Location: outskirts of Lalibela.
- Room types: tukuls, rock-hewn rooms, standard rooms.
- Our verdict: a lovely, nicely-furnished lodge with great facilities and panoramic views, but not as close to Lalibela’s churches as some others.
Sora Lodge offers three types of rooms: tukul, rock-hewn and standard rooms. The tukul rooms, completed in 2017 in the traditional round hut style, have balconies with lovely views and modern en suite bathrooms.
The rock-hewn rooms, also constructed in a local style, have their own balconies as well as TVs and minibars.
The standard rooms, set in a three-storey block, also have balconies with good views as well as their own bathrooms and modern amenities.
The restaurant, also built in the tukul style and boasting a pleasant stone-walled decor, serves a mix of Ethiopian and international dishes with both buffet and à la carte options, as well as breakfast (which is included in the room price). There are also cooking classes offered here, where guests can learn how to make traditional dishes such as “injera” (traditional flatbread and the backbone of Ethiopian cuisine!) and “shiro” (spicy vegetarian sauce, often found atop injera!).
There is a pleasant garden at the lodge, which has winding paths and plants such as pawpaw and oleander, as well as several excellent viewpoints where you can admire the mountainous landscape. There is also a massage and spa centre, a kid’s play area and a coffee shop, and various other useful amenities such as currency exchange, airport transfer and laundry services. The property is wheelchair accessible.
Sora Lodge is a great base for exploring the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The churches are a 15 minute walk from Sora Lodge, or a couple of minutes in a car or tuk-tuk. Most visitors will spend 2 to 3 days in Lalibela to fully explore both the central churches and those found in the highlands surrounding the town.
For those who want to dig deeper and learn more about rural Ethiopian life, as well as take in more of the incredible scenery found in this region, a 2 to 3 day community trek in Lalibela is one of the most memorable experiences on offer in the country.
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