Awra Amba: Where Gender Equality Is Real

Private room in bed and breakfast hosted by Asnake

  1. 16 guests
  2. 10 bedrooms
  3. 16 beds
  4. 1 shared bath
Self check-in
You can check in with the doorman.
Furry friends welcome
Bring your pets along for the stay.


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Awra Amba is unique in Ethiopia and in the world. It was founded 47 years ago on the principles of absolute equality regardless of gender, age, or anything else.

Just an easy drive away from the metropolis of Gondar, Awra Amba sits near the Blue Nile and Bahir Dar, making it an accessible addition to any trip to Ethiopia. Come experience our one of a kind village, learn traditional skills, and take day treks around the area.

The space
Stay in a unique village founded on the principles of equality and justice. At Awra Amba we have a utopian world vision of total equality regardless of gender, age, race, social standing, etc, shared responsibility based on ability, and hard work and education as the best path to a good life. Come see our visionary society in action, learn local skills such as weaving and traditional cooking, and go on easy treks around the village.

Our village has been recognized around the world for our vision of equality. It has been featured in many documentaries and a news article, which are readily available by searching for our village online.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Smoking allowed
Long term stays allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Awra Amba, Amhara, Ethiopia

Awra Amba was founded 47 years ago by the Zumru Nuru. As a child, Zumru questioned how traditional Ethiopian society discriminated against women and mistreated the elderly. He was driven by a conviction that things needed to change. At age 13, he left his home village to try to found a new society. For five years he traveled, trying to find others who shared his beliefs, before returning home. He spent the next three years working his family's farm, sharing the harvest with the less fortunate, and traveling again during the dry season. Finally, he found farmers near Gonder who not only supported his vision but were willing to donate 50 hectares of land to help him make it a reality. Awra Amba was born.

Today, Awra Amba continues to run in accordance to the vision that Zumru had as a child. Everyone in our village is treated as an equal, and the village is run by strictly democratic principles. Work is distributed according to each villager's skill rather than their gender, marriage below the age of 19 is banned, and girls are encouraged to attend school just as boys are. Awra Amba has attracted world-wide attention for its remarkable achievement of creating a self-sustaining society based on true equality.

Hosted by Asnake

  1. Joined in November 2017
  • 1 Review
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I am 33 years old and I was born in Awra Amba. I went to university at Mekelle/ Ethiopia, where I graduated in Eco-Tourism Management. Since graduating six years ago I have worked as the guide and tour organizer in Awra Amba. I look forward to sharing my incredible village with you.
I am 33 years old and I was born in Awra Amba. I went to university at Mekelle/ Ethiopia, where I graduated in Eco-Tourism Management. Since graduating six years ago I have worked…

During your stay

I will be your guide to the village, and our villagers will help you to learn local skills like weaving traditional cooking building traditional shelves with mud.
and one day hiking to the mountain from the village.
  • Language: English
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: Flexible
Self check-in with building staff
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

Health & safety

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Cancellation policy