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Papaya Lake Lodge

A lodge with that wow-factor view!

Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge

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This independent lodge sits high up in the Ugandan Great Crater Lakes region. With only nine small cottages, Papaya Lodge is a relaxing place to be with stunning views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool. Although the rooms are not as impressive as the main area décor, the swimming pool exceeds all expectations and in our opinion, is the best in Uganda!


Papaya Lodge is located in the Crater Lakes region, sitting high above both the Lyantonde and Kifuruka Lake. Guests who stay here will more than likely do a chimpanzee trek in Kibale Forest (approximately one-hour drive to the forest), and then do some treks or walks around the area.


The lodge is split between two main areas. As you walk into the property, you are greeted with a stunning view of the lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains. The main area is very bright, with a bar area (with a very impressive selection of gins) and then it leads out to the veranda where there are comfortable seats and sun loungers. The other side of the property is the swimming pool area which has panoramic views and hammocks.


There are nine rooms at Papaya Lodge which are located further down from the main area – there are a lot of steps involved (as with most of the lodges in Uganda)! The rooms are very basic which is a little bit of a disappointment after the brightness and ‘wow-factor’ of the main area and the swimming pool.


Although it is a bit of drive in the morning, the closest park to Papaya Lodge is Kibale National Forest in which you can do the chimpanzee tracking. Combining this in an itinerary would be something like a drive from the Kibale Forest through to Queen Elizabeth afterwards, with a bit of time to relax in the camp on the second day.

Stunning swimming pool, views and main area

Rooms don't have the same wow-factor views

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