Kyaninga Lodge is less than an hour away from Kibale National Park, one of Africa’s premier destinations for chimpanzee tracking tours. The 795 square kilometers of the park contain some of the continent’s most dense and varied rainforest, and are home to 13 species of primates. The star attraction are the 1500 chimpanzees, but the guided walks will offer the opportunity to see rare red colobus and L’Hoest monkeys, as well as olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys and bush babies. Kyaninga Lodge is also a comfortable two hour drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s best known safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world.
Kyaninga Lodge’s eight cottages are built on platforms and set apart to offer privacy and tranquility. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway. Each spacious cottage is beautifully appointed with a a choice of twin or double beds made up with the softest bedlinens and feather pillows. An indoor sitting area leads out to a private deck where one can enjoy morning tea or coffee and views over the lake and the Mountains of the Moon beyond. The en suite bathrooms boast marble countertop basins set atop beautifully crafted Elgon Olive pedestals, claw footed freestanding baths, glass walled showers and plenty of hot water from solar water heaters. Lighting in the cottages is also solar powered, and each cottage features an electrical socket for the charging of laptops and other appliances, providing the comforts of home in an extraordinary setting.
Part of the experience of a stay at Kyaninga Lodge is the quality of the meals presented at the restaurant. Keenly aware that no stay can be truly enjoyable unless the food presented is up to the highest standard, Kyaninga Lodge employed an international chef to design the menu and train the kitchen staff. The impressive result is a menu based on classical European cuisine, but tweaked to make use of local ingredients, most of which are hand picked from Kyaninga Lodge’s own kitchen garden or the neighouring markets. Meals are served by Kyaninga Lodge’s friendly staff in the main lodge’s dining room, which is furnished with exquisitely textured Elgon Olive and Mvule furniture made on site, and offers breathtaking views on both sides. An extensive wine list from the bar ensures all meals will find the perfect accompaniment. Special dietary requirements can be catered for on request.
One of Kyaninga Lodge’s many outstanding features is the swimming pool, which overlooks the lake and provides a perfect spot in which to soak up the surrounding natural beauty while enjoying a refreshing dip. Lined with pavers cut from the local volcanic rock and featuring two wooden decks and a submerged seat, the swimming pool represents another feat of engineering illustrative of Kyaninga Lodge’s relentless pursuit of luxury. From the pool, take the steps down to the terraced lawns where you can relax and soak up the peace and tranquility of Lake Kyaninga and the vistas beyond. For the more adventurous a walk down Lake Kyaninga itself which, with its remarkably blue water and ‘land that time forgot’ rainforest, offers a unique opportunity to experience a wilderness often seen on nature programmes, but rarely encountered in real life.