Access from the Viewpoint Lodge turned out to be quite easy, and fortunately we had remembered to take our swimming gear with us in the plane when we came to Ethiopia. So we made the descent from the crater rim, found the primitive landing place and actually went for a swim in Babogaya Lake (I managed only a few strokes...).
Bird watching, the owner of the Viewpoint Lodge took us to this wonderful place in his pickup truck. Cranes and marabou storks, but only from a distance, since they decided to spend the night on the other side of the lake.
My main purpose in visiting the town.
I've written a bit on my intro page, so I won't repeat it here. I will put in more pictures.
Getting there was an adventure, and seeing a bit of the country around Addis Ababa was fun
Really amazing spot, as if sitting on a stage in some kind of play, high above the crater lake. Be sure to bring your binoculars with you! On Bishoftu Lake.
Favorite Dish: We had lunch at the Dreamland Garden Restaurant. I had a tasty cheeseburger with french fries; and papaya juice. Transport to and from the hotel took place by means of 2 small taxis (bajaj).
It overlooks the lake. It is calm and beautiful. I enjoyed the food - see below - injera etc. They offer European dishes as well as local.
I was taken there by my guide, and the bill was part of the excursion cost - so no price information. Sorry.
It was quiet when I was there, but I suspect it will be busy at the weekends.
Favorite Dish: Injera is a bit like bread. It’s made from tef, and looks like tripe. Tef is a local grain. Tibs - bits of meat in a spicy sauce, quite like curry. Lab is a soft white cheese. You tear off a bit of the injera, grab some tibs or lab with it (all using the right hand only) and pop it in your mouth. It tastes better than it sounds.
I got there by car (well, 4x4) having booked an excursion through the tour company at my hotel.
All very superior - I was the only person in the tour "group". The road is a real beast. Mostly very congested, with lots of slow moving trucks belching out diesel fumes, minibuses darting in and out of traffic etc. The surface isn't wonderful in places.
By contrast, the town is all very clean and orderly!
It took 90 minutes in each direction.