Papaya Lake Lodge

Location: Kibale National Park | Uganda

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Elevated above the crater lakes of Lyantonde and Kifuruka, Papaya Lake Lodge is a beautiful hotel looking out over the Rwendori Mountains. This cosy lodge invites in travellers looking to explore the natural wonders and beauty of Uganda’s national parks.
Perfect forTravellers hoping to enjoy the sights of Uganda’s diverse ecosystems and go chimp trekking in Kibale National Forest. 
In the knowLook out for primates like the black-and-white colobus monkey or the blue monkey as well as chimpanzees in Kibale National Forest.

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Chic Design
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Papaya Lake Lodge is perched on the edge of Kibale National Park, overlooking rolling hills and extinct volcano lakes.  

Rooms at Papaya Lake Lodge

Papaya Lake consists of eight cottages and one villa, positioned around extinct volcanic craters, serving up daily breathtaking views all from your own private terrace. Designed to blend in with the surroundings, the lodge’s timber, stone and thatch camouflages with the natural Ugandan backdrop.

Inside, neutral tones have been used to furnish the lodges, contrasting with the vibrant colours of the outdoor surroundings. Each cottage contains one king-size bed and a single bed, in addition to a mosquito net and an en suite bathroom. Alternatively, the villa provides a spacious stay, spanning three bedrooms and a cosy lounge - perfect for a group of friends or family.

Food & Drink

The restaurant and bar create a relaxed atmosphere, incorporating lounge areas with corner sofas and chic wooden tables. Using fresh ingredients, the chefs can provide a variety of cuisines to cater for your food preferences. Begin your day with the lodge’s speciality of homemade pastries, filled with fruits from the gardens.


The swimming pool offers panoramic views of the lakes and mountains for you to soak up after a day of getting up close to the chimpanzees or exploring the tea and banana plantations nearby.

Activities at Papaya Lake Lodge

Its location close to Kibale National Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park makes the lodge an excellent choice for any traveller seeking to get close to nature. Home to a variety of primates, soak in the expansive, wildlife-rich landscapes and views over the deep blue crater lakes.

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Hotel location

Papaya Lake Lodge is approximately a 2-hour drive from Kasese Airport.

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