Ndali is a rustic, intimate lodge owned and managed by third generation expats Aubrey and Clare Price. The lodge has a homely colonial feel while still feeling very informal. Built of local stone and thatch, the eight luxury bandas are perched on a hill and offer stunning views over a natural crater lake.
The rooms are nestled among beautiful, bird-filled gardens and walks around the crater lake often reveal a multitude of birds including the great blue turaco. The swimming pool overlooks miles of rolling hills and is a great spot for a welcome sundowner. A full English breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the lake, augmented by freshly squeezed passion fruit juice and homemade bread with wild honey.
Three of Uganda’s national parks are within easy driving distance from Ndali Lodge: as well as Kibale, these include the World Heritage-listed Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Uganda’s most famous, the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
A swimming pool, restaurant, laundry service, bar and lounge, free internet, hot and cold running water, lighting by candle or storm lantern.
Close by is the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, a community-based conservation project and part of Kibale Forest National Park, which protects a variety of monkeys and other mammals and rare birds such as the white-winged warbler, white-collared oliveback and papyrus gonolek. Other species frequently spotted are the African marsh harrier, African harrier-hawk, grey parrot, black-billed turaco, yellow-billed barbet and white-breasted negrofinch. Below the lodge on the lake stands a sturdy jetty in a most tranquil and secluded setting, much frequented by five different species of kingfisher.
Ndali provides local guides for walks around its 1,000 acre farm or to nearby Muhoma Falls. Guests can swim in the lake, soak up the sun or simply get away from it all. There is an inflatable two-man kayak that can be used for spotting birds and other wildlife by the lakeshore.
Aubrey’s cousin, Lulu, owns a Fairtrade vanilla plantation on the other side of the crater lake. Make sure you make time to visit her plantation to see how these delicious orchids are grown and to bring home some of the finest vanilla cultivated in Africa.
If you have any questions regarding our Uganda tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965