On arrival I visited the Royal Enclosure, a 70,000 sq-metre compound & world Heritage Site containing numerous castles and palaces. Restoration of some buildings is underway with the help of UNESCO including the oldest building, Fasiladas' Palace. Standing at 32m tall, this impressive palace has a crenulated parapet and four domed towers as well as dining halls of immense proportions, reception area and prayer room amongst others. I walked around the enclosure visiting many of the buildings and could easily have got lost in the compound if it hadn't been for my guide! We also happened to stumble upon a wedding procession through the grounds which added something extra to the visit.
I stayed at the wonderful, newly built Mayleko Lodge in Gondar & it is most definitely my favourite place to stay so far on this journey. Located within a stones throw of Gondar airport, the lodge manager took warm hospitality to a whole new level. The accommodation in traditional thatched tukul huts were all beautifully decorated in traditional Ethiopian colours & fabrics. The restaurant served beautful food with an option to dine outside on the terrace. The swimming pool looked inviting but the weather was a little too cold for my liking for a dip!
Goha Hotel is an alternative option perched high up with views over Gondar. If you're looking for a bustling place with great views & WiFi then this is an ideal option but personally I preferred the quieter Mayleko.