Kyaninga Lodge is an impressive feat of engineering and ingenuity, perched high above Lake Kyaninga.
The lodge was the brainchild of Steve Williams, who passed through this area on his way to see the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Over the subsequent six years, Kyaninga Lodge was built entirely from locally-sourced materials, with every piece of timber and stone put in place by hand. The result is an imposing and beautiful lodge with 9 cottages, all connected by a raised wooden walkway.
All nine rooms have a log-cabin feel and are complete with private bathrooms and terraces with views over the lake. Two have a mezzanine for young children to sleep in.
The main lodge building houses the bar and dining room and is a cosy place to relax and enjoy the views out to the Rwenzori mountains of the moon. The swimming pool below, carved out of the rock face is a great place to cool off during the day. Below the pool are two lawned terraces, a lovely spot for a sundowner or private dinner.
Lake Kyaninga is actually two craters joined together and is perfectly safe to swim in. 25,000 trees planted around it ensure the water is kept clean and clear.
The lodge gardens are extensive and have been designed to complement the property beautifully. As well as vegetable garden and orchard, you’ll find a badminton court, clay tennis court and croquet lawn.
On-site, the Kyaninga Child Development Centre brings much needed support to local children with special needs, and the Kyaninga dairy raises revenue for the centre. Moreover, the Kyaninga Forest Foundation helps to restore degraded forest in the local area.
Coral Tree luxury rating
Number of rooms
Kibale National Park
All ages welcome. Under 5s stay free.
Why we love it
"A stunning property, built by a visionary owner, Kyaninga Lodge sits in a wonderful setting overlooking Lake Kyaninga. Activities are plentiful and with a genuine connection to supporting the local community a stay here feels very rewarding."
Mike, Coral Tree founder
Key Highlights & Amenities
- Beautiful, log-cabin style lodge overlooking Lake Kyaninga in the crater lake district of Western Uganda
- Entire property built by hand from locally-sourced, sustainable materials
- Activities include crater lake walks, kayaking, swimming, picnics, badminton and tennis
- Kyaninga Lodge has its own botanical gardens
- The lodge does a lot to support the local community. On-site are the Kyaninga dairy and Kyaninga forest foundation
- 1 hour drive from Kibale National Forest for chimpanzee tracking