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Ndali Lodge

Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

Bronze price level

Mango Opinion

Ndali is a working farm with luxurious cottages in an area less traveled. Aubrey and his attentive staff do make one genuinely feel as if you are spending the weekend in his English country home.  From their blue turaco "nest"  perch, the views of the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Nyinambuga are stunning. Ndali is a great base for the Kibale Forest National Park in search of wild chimpanzees, as well as excursions to a vanilla factory and the nearby lake.

Known as the Cradle of the Nile, Uganda is one of Africas best kept secrets and Ndali Lodge is nestled right in the heart of it. The lodge is on a working farm with beautiful views of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. It's perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga.  There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by eight luxurious cottages that face west to offer a panoramic view of the spectacular Mountains of the Moon. Each cottage has en-suite facilities with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin, and a private veranda, perfect for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori Mountains, the snow-capped peaks of which are clearly visible on a clear day. At night the dining room glows with candles. Breakfast is on the veranda overlooking the lake: freshly squeezed passion fruit juice from Ndali's own vines and homemade bread with wild honey.

Ndali provides local guides for walks around the 1000 acre farm, to the Mahoma Waterfall, and a boat for relaxing contemplation of a large variety of birds, butterflies and primates. Walks will take you around crater rim, past alcohol brewing in oil drums, through banana plantations, coffee terraces, plots of cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet. A highlight of Ndali is trekking to see the chimpanzee families in the Kibale forest.