Situated on the rim of an ancient crater in the stunning atmosphere of Uganda’s Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon sits Kyaninga Lodge, a wooden castle with gardens one would expect to grace an English country house.

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Kyaninga Lodge is a tranquil, off-the-beaten-path gem carefully and contemplatively constructed entirely out of hand-carved and hand-placed timber—resulting in an unparalleled experience full of sweeping vistas and lavish amenities. Indeed, first impressions of Kyaninga Lodge are usually in response to its exceptional design and sheer scale. The lodge’s eight thatched cottages are built on raised platforms and connected by extensive wooden walkways. Inside, canopied and mosquito-netted beds boast the softest bed linens and feather pillows, and indoor sitting areas lead to private decks, the perfect spot for morning coffee with views of the lake and mountains. En-suite bathrooms feature marble countertop basins set atop beautifully crafted Elgon Olive pedestals, claw footed freestanding baths, glass walled showers, and plenteous hot water from solar water heaters.

The impressive main area at Kyaninga Lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around a double-sided open fireplace, an ideal backdrop for a drink from the bar or a board game. The dining room, furnished with textured Myule furniture, offers an extensive wine list and delicious European-inspired cuisine, tweaked to incorporate local ingredients, most of which are hand picked from the lodge’s own garden or one of the neighboring markets.

Step outside on one of the Kyaninga Lodge’s two furnished decks extending toward the lake, and walk down the steps hewn from local volcanic rock to arrive at the luxurious swimming pool and terraced lawns overlooking the water and primeval forests. The beautiful gardens at Kyaninga Lodge were designed by London-based Imogen Jenkins to provide a counterpoint to the impressive lodge, allowing for enjoyable games on one of the very few grass tennis courts and croquet lawns in Uganda. A row or a dip in the lake is a must, and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park—less than an hour away—is an unforgettable experience unique to this stunning region.

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