At a Glance
In a beautiful rural location just outside the hustle and bustle of Gondar
Small and personalized lodge
Spacious stone ensuite cottages
A short drive to Gondar Airport
Wonderful views from the restaurant over the fields
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.
Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.
Call us on to start planning your vacation to Mayleko Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Lalibela and northern Ethiopia
Visit the "Camelot" of Ethiopia and explore the Castles of Gondar from the tranquillity of Mayleko Lodge. Stay at the Lodge in rural thatched cottages surrounded by farmland and located 10-minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Gondar itself.
Mayleko lodge is a peaceful place to stay just five minutes outside Gondar, where there is much to see and do. The spacious stone bungalows with thatched roofs are constructed using reclaimed and sustainable materials, in-keeping with the Lodge's desire to minimize environmental impact with its practices. Each bungalow "blends traditional elegance with modern luxury" and have views across the agricultural land of northern Ethiopia and are set against the Dilha Mountain landscape.
Each bungalow has its own terrace to relax on or use as a vantage point to observe the views and wildlife that frequents the grounds, including colorful bird species. However cottages are fairly close together therefore areas are not completely private.
The food at the Lodge is very good and the staff are all really friendly and efficient, a trip to the restaurant at the top of the hill is a treat for more than just your taste-buds as its height makes it a fabulous view point. There is a computer that guests can use in reception but there isn't any WiFi, although for some this might be a welcome absence!
During your stay at Mayleko Lodge make sure you explore the local sights and immerse yourself in this land of emperors and princesses of a bygone era. The castles of Gondar are a must, especially with a guide that can tell you their stories and history. We recommend a visit to the Four Sisters restaurant for lunch, an Ethiopian eatery which, as you may have guessed, is run by four sisters. Located close to the exit of Fasil Ghebbi or the Royal Enclosure (where the castles are) the sisters offer traditional and western cuisines in comfortable surroundings where you are treated as one of the family.
All accommodation at Mayleko Lodge is located in spacious and cosy but rustic round bungalows/cottages. There are four categories of room and 21 cottages in total; Single Rooms (one double bed), double rooms (two double beds in the same room), King Rooms (King size bed) and Suite Rooms (King size bed).
Each bungalow has a private veranda overlooking the mountain or the beautiful garden and lush mini forest. The room is elegantly furnished with a full size bed and a modern en-suite bathroom (shower, not bath).
Each bungalow has a private veranda overlooking the mountain or the beautiful garden and lush mini forest. The room is elegantly furnished with two full size beds and a modern en-suite bathroom (shower, not bath).
Each bungalow has a private veranda overlooking the mountain or the beautiful garden and lush mini forest. Each room is elegantly furnished with a king size bed and a modern en-suite bathroom (shower, not bath).
Each suite has a private veranda overlooking the mountain or the beautiful garden and lush mini forest. Each suite is elegantly furnished with a king size bed, a sitting area with comfortable couches and a modern en-suite bathroom (shower, not bath).
There are no child care options at this property.
During your stay at Mayleko Lodge you can enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or relax with a drink or two on one of the lodge's perfectly located terraces overlooking the mountains. To keep you entertained during your stay there is also a swimming pool and golf driving range. The lodge also has an airport shuttle service.
From the Lodge it is possible to embark on horse-back riding or trekking through the historic landscape of Gondar and visit the ancient castles of Fasilides and for times at the lodge, indulge in the on-site swimming pool or practice your tee shot on the driving range.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Mayleko Lodge was my favorite option in the Gondar area. It is located about a 10-minute drive outside the town in a peaceful spot surrounded by small farms. The lodge consists of very comfortable and spacious stone and thatched cottages set in the grounds. Each has a small terrace to relax on or use as a vantage point to observe the colorful bird life that frequents the garden.
Meals are served at the restaurant at the top of the hill. There is a set menu with options to choose from and the staff were all charming and did their utmost to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
Location & directions
Mayleko Lodge is located just outside Gondar in a location that is both peaceful but conveniently close to Gondar's Theodros airport and Gondar's Castles.
How to get there
Fly to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa before taking a domestic flight to Gondar's Theodros airport and a road transfer the short distance to Mayleko Lodge.