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Buska Lodge

Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

Buska Lodge is located outside Turmi on the banks of the Keske River in the remote, arid Omo Valley. The area is home to the Hamer, Karo, Dassanech and other local tribes, offering a rare opportunity to experience their unique heritage.

At a Glance

  • Modest and eco-friendly lodge close to Turmi, in the Omo Valley

  • A tranquil, lush and radiant sanctuary in South Omo

  • Customary Ethiopian alfresco restaurant with appetising European and Ethiopian cuisine and wonderful fresh coffee

  • An ideal base from which to encounter the lives of the south Omo tribes including the remarkable Hamer people

  • Buska Lodge are proud of the livelihood and tuition they provide for native residents

Adventure, Couples, Culture, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Experience first-hand the Hamer bull jumping initiation which takes place close to the lodge.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Treat yourself to a massage or a pedicure.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Buska Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Omo and southern Ethiopia


Buska Lodge, named after the Buska Mountain, is a relaxed and friendly lodge situated outside the small town of Turmi in the Southern Ethiopian Omo Valley. The lodge is settled in beautiful, tranquil gardens, and while the journey to get here is quite long and for the tenacious, it is well worthwhile. The gardens themselves warrant an afternoon's exploring, with over 100 plant species to be found. The lodge has just twenty en-suite stone and thatch rooms dotted about the gardens, each with a circular main room and decorated in a muted tone, with Ethiopian fabrics lending splashes of color.

There is a choice of two restaurants which serve fairly basic European and Ethiopian food such as goat curries, injera and beans, and the lodge is known for performing the famous Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

While here you are perfectly positioned to explore the fascinating cultures and traditions of the local Hamer People, who are known for their Evangadi dance and the famed (and dangerous) “Bull jumping” ceremony, which you may have the privilege of witnessing. This is a ceremony designed to test a young man's mettle before marriage. He is expected to run and jump over a line of bulls to show his worth to the bride's family and it's an exciting spectacle! Also on offer here are walks to explore the surrounding area, bird watching and nature trips.


  • 20 spacious rooms with indoor private clean bath-room facilities. All beds are very comfortable with mosquito nets. All twin rooms are separately built with sunrise terraces.
  • For those who prefer camping, the lodge offers 10 roofed island camping sites (each surrounded by plants) for small groups and wide camping area for large groups with six common kitchens and dining rooms.


Available entertainment facilities are:

  • Outdoor bar service
  • Campfire and Evangadi dance can be arranged upon request
  • Barbecue


Explore the Omo Valley and visit local tribes including the Hamer, Karo, Dassenech, Bume and Benna.

Location & Directions

Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

When to go

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Buska Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Omo and southern Ethiopia

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