During our 27 night tour of Ethiopia, we were due to stay in a tent one night – something that neither of us were looking forward to.
We arrived at “Eco Omo Safari Lodge”:http://www.eco-omo.com/ at 4.30pm and were shown to tent 5 (one of 20). It had a wooden decking at the front with two directors chairs and inside two medium sized beds covered with mosquito nets.
The rudimentary, but en-suite bathroom, had hot water from 6.30pm to 8pm and none in the morning and the shower was surprisingly powerful. It was even a reasonable size with a small table for toiletries.
Although there is an open deck where you can eat in the evening, it had been taken by a large tour group and we were confined to a table inside. There was a relatively simple buffet and I started with a thick brown lentil soup and home-made bread which we followed with spaghetti bolognaise for mains although there were meat and vegetable dishes on offer. Pudding was slices of cake which I had with coffee. We were quite tired from staying up late the previous night to see in the New Year, and as there was little else to do, we were in bed by 9pm. Possibly because there was no fridge, this was the only place to date not to supply water in the room.
We had heard heavy rain in the night but were both awaken by the calling from nearby mosques which started competing with each other from around 4am. However, once we got used to it, we managed to sleep until the alarm at 6.15pm.
Breakfast the next morning was again simple, fruit being small bananas. We were just about to settle for toast when rather delicious looking scrambled egg arrived which we both enjoyed.
Whilst it is by now means as luxurious as some of the safari tents we’d stayed in before, it certainly was adequate for one night.