A WEEKEND STAYCATION AT KYANINGA LODGE IN FORT PORTAL THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.
With the pandemic and what felt like a never-ending lockdown, It feels so good to be able to get up and about! I had this overwhelming urge to hit the road and Fort Portal, a 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Kampala was the perfect solution. The family and I made our way to Kyaninga lodge on the last weekend of September. I have wanted to stay here for the longest time so this trip really was a treat.
Nestled on the edge of an extinct volcanic crater lake, Kyaninga Lodge is set against the incredible backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge has 9 cottages with a main dining and lounge. Each cottage has a twin or double bed option with a sitting area, an ensuite bathroom with a glass walled shower & a free-standing tub and a private deck with lake views. Being solar powered the cabins have hot water and charging points. The lodge also offers complimentary laundry services.
The main Lodge houses the dining area where guests are treated to breakfast and 3 course cuisine lunch and dinner options on a full board basis. To the right is a lounge with a double-sided fireplace and a fully stocked bar. The main lodge also boasts of Wi-Fi which I never did experience but then again, I didn’t really need or want it. I was here to switch off and completely unwind. The terrace leads to an upper observation deck with incredible views of lake Kyaninga and the mountains in the distance. Down some stairs is the swimming pool carved out of volcanic rock; an incredible feat if there ever was one.
The lodge offers a variety of fun activities to keep you busy including a tour of Kyaninga Farm, kayaking, forest walks, a crater rim walk, cultural and village walks and games including croquet, boules, badminton and lawn tennis (as far as they know, they have the only lawn tennis court in Uganda! Fancy!) and of course swimming in the lake or pool. After all these Activities relax with an inhouse spa treatment with incredible views to boot.
Kyaninga truly is beautiful and well thought out luxury in the country. The food was excellent, the services friendly, accommodating and prompt but most importantly I got to relax and breathe truly fresh air. Being here I really understood why they call this patch of earth the land time forgot.
Regarding prices, I’d recommend you get in touch with the Lodge directly as prices vary depending on the season. You could also follow them on social media particularly Instagram for whatever promotions they might have going.
This was one of the best lodge experiences of my young life. I highly recommend you put this on your list, You won’t be sorry.