Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge is a bright and beautiful guest lodge blending modern and traditional features located in the great crater lakes region of southwestern Uganda, within short driving distance of Kibale, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Forest.
Papaya Lake Lodge Highlights
Papaya Lake Lodge sits high on the rim of an extinct volcano overlooking the Rwenzori mountain range in the distance, embracing the Lyantonde and Kifuruka crater lakes immediately below. Lush forest vegetation fills the slopes of the crater and engulfs the lodge in great, green life. The untamed environment seeps right into the contemporary styled cottages of Papaya Lake Lodge, transforming from their wild indigenous roots and decorating the interiors with serene reflections of the forest. The European influence of the owners lifts the style and service to a luxurious level, while the local flair of the country sews the cottages and main guest area together throughout.
- There are nine guest cottages dotted along the crest of the the crater wall, hidden from one another by the dense vegetation between them.
- Eight of the spacious cottages have one king size bed and one twin, while the ninth is a three-bedroomed villa.
- There is a swimming pool and wooden terrace with sun loungers designed for ultimate relaxation with a view.
- The restaurant and bar is a structure of natural woods, with furnishings inspired by the local botanicals,textures, and materials.
- Freshly brewed Ugandan coffee, produced sourced from local vegetable gardens, and dishes created to suit traditional and sophisticated palates.
Papaya Lake Lodge Game Viewing and Activities
Papaya Lake Lodge is located near Fort Portal in the great crater lakes region of Uganda, and there are some of the country’s best wildlife and safari activities on the doorstep. From the green volcanic slopes that Papaya Lodge calls home, Kibale Forest - the home of Uganda’s protected chimpanzees - is only half an hour’s drive away, while Queen Elizabeth National Park - where we find an abundance of big game, including famous tree-climbing lions - is about 2.5 hour’s drive away. Papaya Lake Lodge is ideally located for adventurous day trips to the variety of natural attractions, from the forests, swamps, and wetlands of the crater lakes, to the open savannah and hippo-filled rivers of Uganda’s top safari destination. Gentle strolls and challenging hikes take guests into the primate haven of the forests where excellent bird watching can be done - just book a guided tour with one of the local experts.
One of only two lodges based inside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Buhoma Lodge is surrounded by natural wildlife and dense vegetation, and everything from its physical structure to its services and comforts are locally sourced and sustainably built.