Papaya Lake Lodge

Papaya Lake Lodge Kibale Forest

Papaya Lake Lodge is located in Kibale Forest National Park, famous for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda on the Great Crater Lakes area, Papaya Lake Lodge has two of these unique water-filled craters right on its doorstep. The lodge is approximately 350 km from Kampala which is roughly a 5 hours drive and boasts magnificent views of the Rwenzori Mountains, surrounding valleys, and lush vegetation. It is a comfortable drive West (asphalt road) towards Fort Portal, the region’s informal capital city. Just outside Fort, take a left to follow a red dirt road. It will take you directly to Papaya through a scenic drive among tea, banana, guava and avocado plantations.

Papaya Lake Lodge is surrounded by the lush, evergreen landscapes of the Ugandan Great Crater Lakes region, set between two extinct volcanoes, close by the turquoise waters of Lyantonde and Kifuruka lakes, and with thrilling views over the majestic Ruwenzori Mountain Range. An oasis of nine luxurious cottages, a restaurant and beautiful pool set on its own scenic terrace; a place established with great passion, esteem for local culture and the high attention detail that makes life worth living.

Established by a family of three – Magdalena, Sebastian and their son Alek – recently joined by little Leon- drawn to abandon their European life to find a new home in the living heart of Africa; a home inspired by its surroundings and soaked with all the best Uganda has to offer, yet beautifully refreshed by their own unique style, and the highest standards of service. With 2 crater lakes right outside and the legendary Mountains of the Moon in the distance, Papaya Lake Lodge provides guests with uninterrupted views of some of Uganda’s most beautiful scenery.

Visit some of the country’s most popular national park Kibale for your Chimpanzee tracking, explore the surrounding plantation, take a visit to the crater lakes or enjoy the view from the pool or your personal veranda.

Papaya Lake Lodge offers nine spacious and bright cottages. They are all situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breath-taking views of the Lyantonde Lake. Each of the cottages offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a green wall of sympathetic treetops. At Papaya Lake Lodge, Eight of the cottages feature two beds (one king-size and one single), local stone-decorated bathrooms with shower units and verandas equipped with deckchairs. The ninth cottage is a two-floor villa boasting three bedrooms, a fireplace-lit living room, a spacious bathroom and a large terrace.

Calm colours, subtle accessories, original interior design, simple but comfy furniture: these are Papaya Lake Lodge’s trademarks. But first and foremost, it is the lush, green vegetation that makes it easy to relax after an adventurous day.

Papaya Lake Lodge Restaurant and Bar

A spacious Papaya Lake Lodge restaurant and a bar open to scenic sun terrace are truly a heart of Papaya Lake lodge. Airy and bright common area of the restaurant is ingeniously planned with subtly arranged corners, each with its own unique climate and decor. The whole place decorated with fine pieces of local art and crafts, small details that you instantly fall in love with. During the day one can enjoy a reading on a welcoming sofa or a terrace sunbed laid out just in front of the restaurant, with a panoramic view of the lake.

In the evening the common area is lit by kerosene lamps, their orange glow warming the whole interior. Excellent Ugandan coffee along with our selection of finest spirits from all over the world will help you slip into complete relaxation.

Papaya’s fine cuisine merges culinary traditions from all four corners of the world, satisfying even the most demanding gourmand. Every dish on our menu is prepared using only top quality, fresh products. You will enjoy our home-made pastries filled with the fruits, vegetables and herbs, grown in our gardens.

Swimming Pool at Papaya Lake Lodge

Papaya Lake Lodge’s pool is truly a pool with a view … probably the best view around! Possibly the best view ever! Situated atop a hill, our pool offers a spectacular, 360 degree unobstructed view of the surrounding wonders of nature: the Crater Lakes, the Mountains of the Moon and the countless fruit and spice plantations.

Whether enjoying an invigorating morning dip or a cooling afternoon bathe – perhaps with an icy mojito waiting in the shade – you will be entranced by our flora and fauna, from the glamorous cranes in full flight overhead to visiting moths and butterflies. Their pool has it all!

Papaya Lake Lodge is highly recommended to tourists visiting Kibale Forest National Park as is to Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Forest National Park to visitors intending to go for a gorilla trekking safari.

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