Discover Papaya Lake Lodge

Home is not a place… it’s a feeling

A place surrounded by the lush, evergreen landscapes of the Ugandan Great Crater Lakes region, set between two extinct volcanoes, nestled against the turquoise waters of the Lyantonde and Kifuruka lakes and with exhilarating views over the majestic Ruwenzori Mountain Range.

An oasis of nine luxurious cottages, a restaurant and a beautiful swimming pool with a scenic terrace. A place established with great passion, appreciation of local culture and attention to detail that makes life worth living.

Established by a family who opted to abandon their European life to find a new home in the living heart of Africa; a home inspired by its surroundings and defined byall the best Uganda has to offer, yet beautifully refreshed by its own unique style, and the highest standard of service.


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Restaurant and bar

Imagine a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
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We love to make you feel at home.
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Swimming Pool

A pool with the best view!
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Best things take place in the kitchen…

Papaya’s fine cuisine combines culinary traditions from all corners of the world, satisfying even the most demanding connoisseur. Every dish on our menu is prepared using only highest quality, fresh products.
You will enjoy our home-made dishes filled with fruit and vegetables and herbs. All of this makes Papaya’s cuisine truly unique.
Sebastian travels frequently and he brings back new, interesting recipes from every place he visits, constantly enriching Papaya’s menu. It gives us great pleasure to introduce each new creation to our guests during unhurried dinner sessions. You will be able to enjoy Uganda’s captivating aromas while casually chatting the night away on the viewing deck under the stars.


Africa Works - true works of art

Papaya Craft is Magdalena’s innovative hobby. Wicker baskets, natural fibre rugs and hand-woven tablecloths are wonderful examples of local craftsmanship and rank high amongst the most popular souvenirs from Uganda. Magdalena decided to give the old-school weaving technique a subtle twist, combining various handcraft designs from across Africa. While remaining faithful to the traditional Ugandan production method and using natural ingredients such as grass, leaves and roots to prepare dyes, each of Magdalena’s creations also reflects her artistic temperament. They are not just excellent pieces of craft; they are true works of art.

Magdalena and Sebastian draw their inspiration from all over Africa. Each journey brings new souvenirs to the Papaya Craft Shop. They also support and try to infect you with love for contemporary African art, which is gaining increasingly more recognition globally.


Papaya Lake Lodge is just a skip away from Uganda’s top attractions


Fort Portal - Greater Crater Lakes Region - Kibale Forest

It takes approximately five hours to reach Papaya Lake Lodge by car from the Entebbe International Airport. It is a comfortable drive west (on a tarmac road) towards Fort Portal, the region’s informal capital city. Just before entering Fort Portal, take a left and follow a red dirt road. It will take you directly to Papaya along a scenic drive through tea, banana, guava and avocado plantations.

How to reach us from Fort Portal: Take the Kamwenge road towards Kibale National Park. After approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles), take a right at the junction marked by a cluster of road signs. Continue on this road until you reach the Rutete – Rwaihamba village. Exit Rwaihamba by the same main road and stay on it until you reach a T-junction with primary school on the left-hand side. You will see a sign directing you to turn right to reach Papaya Lake Lodge.
If you would like to make an enquiry, please contact us by phone or e-mail.



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+256 (0) 793 388 277
+256 (0) 773 496 456
+256 (0) 757 121 410
P.O. BOX 828 Fort Portal, Uganda