Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else. When Englishman Steve Williams first saw the lake on his way to visit the gorillas, there was nothing there aside from unspoilt natural beauty and breathtaking vistas. There aren’t many people who could stand on the rim of an ancient crater lake thousands of miles from home, and have the vision to imagine building a luxury lodge entirely out of timber on that very spot. Six years and over a thousand hand carved logs later the stunning vistas remain, and thanks to Steve’s achievements, they can now be enjoyed in ultimate comfort and style.
The exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view. Once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cozy evening over a good book, a boardgame or a drink from the bar. The main building also houses the restaurant, where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lake side, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself. For those not quite wishing to really get away from it all, wireless Internet access is provided throughout the main lodge building.
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. Extra beds, hypoallergenic pillows and bedding are available on request.
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. 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, serves meals. 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.
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. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, with six species endemic to the park, and other mammals including leopard, rare forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen species of antelope. 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.
2205/15 Gadigal Ave,
Zetland NSW 2017
Adam Atkin +61431262059
Patrick Simmonds +61467552696
Anita McGaw +61419521494