Gretchen arrived in Uganda’s Kibale Forest area today, where she will have the opportunity to take a guided forest trek for the chance to see chimpanzees. Chimps aren’t the only attraction in this tropical rain forest in the lower foothills of the Mountains of the Moon. 13 primate species are found in the Kibale Forest, including L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus and more. Additionally, there are over 300 forest bird species to observe and listen to, including 4 that have not been recorded in any other national park.
We’ll hear more about Gretchen’s adventures in the forest upon her return, but today we’ll profile where she will spend the night. Kyaninga Lodge is set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon). The Lodge is perched atop a hill overlooking the stunning blue crater late, and also enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Kyaninga Lodge accommodates twenty guests in eight raised log cabins. The cottages are built on platforms and are set apart to ensure privacy and quiet. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway. Cottages are appointed with twin or double beds, made up with fine linens and feather pillows. There are two family cottages that feature a mezzanine level with extra sleeping space for kids. Each cottage has an indoor sitting area, as well as a private deck for enjoying morning tea or evening sundowners while taking in the incredible views.
Part of the experience of a stay at Kyaninga Lodge is the quality of the meals presented at the restaurant. The menu makes use of local ingredients, most of which are hand picked from Kyaninga Lodge’s own kitchen garden or the neighboring markets. The Lodge also features a swimming pool, which overlooks the lake and provides a perfect spot in which to soak up the views while enjoying a refreshing dip. From the pool, guests can take the steps down to the terraced lawns where they can relax and soak up the peace and tranquility of Lake Kyaninga and the vistas beyond.
For a little more adventure, Lake Kyaninga provides a wonderful backdrop for guided nature walks. The route around the top of the crater takes between two and three hours to complete and offers spectacular views of the lodge. The lakeshore route is slightly longer but takes guests through unspoiled virgin forest teeming with wildlife and exotic plant species. Here you can see bat caves, troupes of black and white colobus, and red tailed monkeys.
We’ll look forward to hearing about Gretchen’s stay at Kyaninga Lodge.