Kyaninga Lodge was built by Englishman Steve Williams. Standing one day on the rim of the ancient crater lake at Kyaninga he was inspired to embark on a remarkable innovative project. His creative vision resulted in a stunning luxury lodge, unlike anything else in Uganda.

An incredible feat of innovation…

Two years were spent training the local communities in the skills required for the lodge´s construction. It was built over 6 years without cranes or lifting machines, from locally sourced sustainable wood. It now runs almost entirely on solar power.

Kyaninga Lodge was completed in 2010, an incredible feat of innovation and collaboration, leaving a team of qualified Ugandans to continue eco building in Uganda.

The exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view.

Log cabins are eco-friendly, requiring 8x less trees to build, and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard homes. Kyaninga Lodge has invested in reforestation and green building practices. Staying at Kyaninga minimizes your carbon footprint. 

Great emphasis was placed on ensuring that all the building materials used in the construction were sourced locally to blend in with the landscape. This includes the stone pillars, made from the volcanic rock that forms the crater and all the timber used, whether eucalyptus for the logs or Elgon Olive for the furniture. Even the grass used for thatching is the local Semliki variety. Experts from Europe were invited to come and teach the local people various trades including thatching, masonry, welding, carpentry, electrics and plumbing. All materials were moved into place by hand. Over 130 people were required to complete the project.

The main building houses the restaurant, including two raised galleries for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. Breakfast and lunch are served inside the restaurant or al fresco on one of our terrace tables.

The bar area features an imposing double-sided open fireplace, lit every evening around sunset.

Below the main lodge are two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, with steps hewn from local volcanic rock which lead down to the swimming pool and onto two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself


Our chef crafts a daily menu celebrating both local and international cuisines showcasing the finest local ingredients, picked from our own kitchen garden and the neighbouring markets.

Meals are served in the main lodge’s dining room, furnished with exquisitely textured Elgon Olive and Mvule furniture made on site, with spectacular views on both sides.

An extensive wine list from our cellars ensures all meals will find the perfect accompaniment.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for on request.

Wellness Centre

At Kyaninga Lodge we believe our guests should leave rejuvenated in body as well as spirit. You can choose simply to lounge by the pool or indulge in one of our spa treatments.

Situated on a cantilevered platform on one of the lawned terraces is our Wellness Centre with some of the best views of the lake that Kyaninga Lodge has to offer.

Our Wellness Centre staff have received extensive training and incorporate locally-sourced seasonal ingredients into their treatments, which include Chinese, Swedish, deep tissue and aromatherapy massages, facials, reflexology, manicures and pedicures.

The Kyaninga Family

From the very first greeting you feel the genuine warmth and Ugandan hospitality of our staff whose aim is to create a welcoming ambience where you can unwind, relax and enjoy your stay to the full.

We take pride in creating experiences that will stay with you long after you leave.


See how people from around the world enjoyed their stay at Kyaninga Lodge!

  • What an amazing lodge located on the crater lake of Kyaninga! A crystal clear crater lake that is still semi-active so the water stays at 24 degrees celsius. Going to this lodge was worth it just for the lake itself but it doesn’t stop there. The entire lodge boasts of amazing elgon olive furniture, window seals, and door frames as well as the structure made from local eucalyptus. Door handles that looked hand crafted by black smiths. Just the splendor of the architecture would bring me back here. Upon arrival Carlos greeted our group with a warm welcome served with fresh watermelon juice. The deep tissue massage was a real deep tissue with an experienced masseuse. The pool is nice and chilly, refreshing to the muscles. All the food was amazing, 2 and 3 course meals with the staff always being available when needed. They had an awesome selection in there small library with books describing lots of Ugandan history. I hope to return one day! 

  • Cannot say enough about this place as a hotel and as a space that contributes to the local community, what they do is truly outstanding. Really wonderful people and service. A really lovely stay.

  • The location is incredible and the views sensational. My favourite time of day is early morning when the mist rises from the lake. Wow! On this trip I checked out the new spa with his and her massage rooms, small sauna and mini-gym, adjacent to the new seating area below the swimming pool. It’s always good to see new features being added to a ‘tried and tested’ favourite lodge. The food is excellent and the staff friendly and courteous.

  • Been to a lot of boutique hotels in the world and this one ranks in the top 1%. The crater lake is the perfect place to swim or just relax and watch after a long day of hiking through forest looking at chimps.

  • Slightly difficult to get to, but WELL worth it … the lodge is amazing … the view overlooking the lake with the mountains in the background is breathtaking … the staff goes out of their way … the chef made some incredible food. Seriously, every meal not only had the presentation but an incredible taste to match … Not only that, but everything about this place gives back to the local community … I can’t say enough, just a perfect experience

  • Very very beautiful, beautiful view of Lake Kyaninga and Ruwenzoris. Highly recommended and the staff were lovely.

  • Fantastic service, location, food and facilities. Staff will go the extra mile to help you out and make you feel comfortable. Views are incredible and there’s a real luxury feel to the whole place. 3 course meals are delicious and filling. The perfect luxury weekend retreat.

  • What can I say…. This is the most wonderful place I have ever experienced in my lifetime. From the welcoming, friendly staff for whom nothing was too much trouble to the excellent, oh so beautiful rooms and facilities throughout. Inside and outside dining areas where excellent food is served to perfection and a well stocked bar and in my case, wonderful coffee available at anytime I wanted it. Evenings can be spent in the comfortable bar in front of an open double sided log fire.
    Entirely built and run in a completely eco friendly manner using natural resources. Electricity from a solar panel bank and water from pumps heated from sustainable managed wood. The whole area has been replanted with indigenous trees from their own well run nursery and has resulted in a spectacular and natural view in all directions.
    Overlooking the Kyaninga crater lake the whole vista is outstanding.
    I highly recommend a visit which will take your breath away.
    All credit goes to the owner who had a vision and has definitely created a paradise to behold.

    D MAC
  • Indeed the 5-star experience here.
    You immediately appreciate the efforts of the chefs who put their hearts into preparing the mouthwatering 3 course meals. Outstanding performance!
    Need I say more about the breathtaking views?
    I recommend a bathtub view with the window open in the evening after a long day of trekking. The mountain view in the background make for the best ambience to relax and reflect on how privileged the Pearl of Africa is.
    Kyaninga is a must visit if you ever find yourself in East Africa; don’t miss out!

  • This must be the most peaceful and relaxing destination in Uganda. The crater lake swimming and kayaking are fantastic. The lodge also has very good credentials as an ethical business which gives back to the local community through the Child Development Centre which it supports. This was our special treat part of the trip to Uganda, and well worth it

  • Beautiful landscape, great rooms, delicious food, kind service, and amazing support to local communities and the children with disabilities. A excellent place to appreciate the beauty of Uganda.


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