Awarded: Bronze

Kyaninga, in the local Rutoro language, means to ‘spoil or pamper’ and this lodge remains true to its name. A charming and luxury accommodation in a commanding setting, Kyaninga is ideal for travellers craving tranquillity, spectacular views and a plethora of enriching activities.


Plan your journey

Location

Kyaninga sits on the rim of an ancient and extinct volcano at the foot of the Rwenzori mountains. Perched high on a hill, the lodge is accessible by several flights of stairs leading from the road and is worth every step to get there with dazzling views over the rainforest-edged Lake Kyaninga to the distant ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

Rooms

Nine privately placed cottages are linked to the main building by raised wooden walkways and each overlook lake Kyaninga. The cottages are spacious and tranquil, boasting deeply comfortable beds, clawfoot bathtubs and plenty of solar-heated hot water. An indoor seating area flows out to a private deck overlooking the lake and mountains beyond.

Communal Areas

The property retains a commanding presence within its surrounds, with all buildings elevated on stilts and connected by walkways. The two-storey main lodge, which occupies the highest point of the hill, has inviting seating areas arranged around a double-sided fireplace and a restaurant with stunning views over the lake. Guests can further revel in these views from raised galleries, soak up the peaceful atmosphere at the pool or roam the gardens designed by London-based landscape designer, Imogen Jenkins.

Activities

For unforgettable views of the lake and rolling hills beyond, guests can walk the crater rim or take forest walks within the crater. The terrain is a little tricky here but hugely rewarded by a number of wildlife sightings. Snapping a photo of the elusive civet cat or porcupine could win you a bottle of wine from the lodge! Guests can also hike around the Great Rift Valley for even more dramatic scenery or get a taste of local culture by meeting elders on village walks.

The rainforest of Kibale National Park is an hour’s drive away where guests can go chimp trekking with experienced guides or venture a little further to Semulkini National Park (90 minute drive) and explore the Rwenzori mountains. Although there are closer lodges to the park, the setting of Kyaninga is truly unbeatable and the range of activities on offer are not hindered by its distance.

Full Board

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
Afternoon tea
Use of lawn tennis court
Use of badminton court
Boule and croquet
Guided walks of the surrounding area

When to go

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DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in August. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in August. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

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