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Why we like it
- Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, set stunningly amidst the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake region of Western Uganda
- Built using local materials and labour using traditional rough-casting and spear-grass thatch. Light, space, simplicity and openness to nature are key qualities
- 8 cottages facing west offer a panoramic view of the spectacular "Mountains of the Moon"
- Kibale Forest National Park, home of the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Africa is a 45 minute drive from Ndali
- Activities on offer are local guided walks, relaxing boat trips, excellent bird watching 5 different species of Kingfisher frequent the area, swimming in the lake or simply relax by the pool
- Perfect for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, families welcome
Dining at Ndali is a memorable experience; enjoy your home cooked food, mostly produced on Ndali's land surrounded in candles and paraffin lamps, a true African experience.
The whole trip worked wonderfully smoothly and we felt it was simply the best holiday we have ever been on- which is high praise as we have travelled broadly all over the world.
- TA, Somerset
The views are, quite simply, stunning and it is worth the extra distance from the forest entrance just to appreciate this extraordinary place. Each cottage has a comfortable double or twin bed and en suite facilities. There are no generators at Ndali. In the evenings, lighting is provided by candles and paraffin lamps with solar powered lights in the cottages.
Ndali has a long standing commitment to their local area. Many of the staff have worked at the lodge for 15 years or more and the lodge directly supports a number of local primary schools and sponsors a number of older children to continue on to secondary school in Fort Portal. All Ndali's water comes directly from the lake, pumped up hydraulic ram based on technology invented in the 1770's.
8 hours 15 minutes
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, June - September
With a tropical climate, the hottest months are December to February. The main rainy season tends to be between April and May and then again from October to November. Due to the altitude the mountain air is a lot cooler. The best times to visit are Uganda are from December to March and from June to September.
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