Papaya Lake Lodge – Kibale Forest – a notch above the Rest
The Afro – European Lodge of Choice harmonizing European Class with the African Surrounding – a perfect blend
Papaya Lake Lodge has received excellent TripAdvisor since it opened in 2014 for its Afro-European charm, the art, the food, most of all the excellent food that is served here. It rivals any other luxury Lodge in the Fort Portal – Kibale Forest are. It is simply one of best lodges in Uganda and in this part of the Pearl of Africa, a cut above the rest.
In Uganda, Lodges are owned by people from different parts of the World, such as Holland, Belgium, the UK, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, but there is no Lodge that has been a created by a Polish couple, Magdalena and Alexander, with a love for Africa that comes from years of guiding people across the African Continent.
They chose Uganda to live a life marching to the tune of a different drummer and the result is that their labor of love, birthed one of Uganda’s one of a kind Lodges –Papaya Lake Lodge. Not only it is a lodge but a place where you find some fascinating art. even some of the furniture was carved by Sebastian himself and art, not just some African Souvenir Style Art, but creations from very gifted and talented Ugandan artists and there are more of them in Uganda. The African – Ugandan art blends in beautifully with the European touch making the creation of African Artisans stand out even more.
The unique interior design of the lodge and cottages uses locally handmade materials. Everywhere you turn there is the Afro-European blend that Magdalena and Sebastian have been able to harmonize into one – called Papaya Lake Lodge where one is greeting with that one of kind Ugandan – ‘you’re most welcome”.
The Cottages, are all overlooking a crater lake, when you step on the Veranda – you take in the beauty of the Pearl of Africa – the crater lake below you, another that you can see in the distance. The cottages give you privacy, comfort, full bath, exquisite furnishing with an African touch. The perfect setting for a romantic getaway from Kampala or one of Uganda’s perfect Honeymoon location. It is also a kid friendly lodge, the owners have their young son with them living at the lodge and there are lots of things to do for kids here, including one of the grandest swimming pools.
The main lodge is the gathering place with fabulous views for meals, a drink or two, sodas or juice for the kids. The food will be a most pleasant surprise from what is considered standard lodge fare, this is one of kind of meals blending in Ugandan ingredients, many from the lodge gardens creating a fusion of the finest European – Afro Dishes that even the American TV Chef Emeril, or the Galloping Gournet Graham Kerr would delight in.
After Chimpanzee Trekking or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience you can head down to the boatdock along the crater lake, enjoy a dip in the pristine swimming from where you have a 360 degree of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the crater lakes and the surrounding countryside.
Not only are you staying at a beautiful lodge, not only are you served great food and drinks, one of the main draws is the stunning location of the lodge with views that invigorates one within.
Tour Operators don’t often get excited about a Lodge, there are many of them to use in Uganda, we merely put in the name of a lodge and the cost in the excel sheet, then comes along a lodge like Papaya and what can one say. It is family owned, a friendly Ugandan Staff, excellent location, activities near the lodge, as Vanilla (Ben and Jerry’s Ice-Cream get their vanilla from here), Tea Plantation, Village visits.
Your stay at the lodge will be one of the highlight lodges on your safari in the pearl of Africa – Uganda.
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