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Ndali Lodge Kibale


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Ndali Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

Ndali Lodge is located on a sprawling tea plantation around 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Kibale National Park and has an air of history about it, dating back to the 1920s. Currently owned and operated by Aubrey Price, scion of the Price dynasty, and his wife Clare, this deluxe safari holiday accommodation is perched on the edge of a scenic Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has a charming ambiance of the colonial era peppered with elements of Uganda.

Spend your safari vacation afternoons and evenings in the cozy lounge, tucked under a thatched roof with a bar and fireplace on one end. Old-world dressers, wickerwork furniture, and a large mirror above the fireplace add to the quaint country home allure. Choose a book from the library and take it out to the sun deck or lawn, where you can read it under the shade of a daybed, or perhaps swim a short lazy lap in the pool to cool-off while enjoying the stunning views of the forest communities. There is also a small sauna on site. The lodge is lit with candlelight in the evenings, adding a touch of romance to the surroundings.

Key Takeaways

  • Located within a sprawling tea plantation dating back to the 1920s
  • Perched on the rim of Nyinambuga Crater Lake offering fabulous views of the surrounding wilderness
  • Decor with elements of the colonial era artistically blended with the spirit of Uganda
  • Cozy country home lounge with quaint furniture, thatched roof, and fireplace
  • Swimming pool for taking a short cool-off laps and library for reading books
Ndali Lodge Kibale Park View

What To Expect At Ndali Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Deluxe Safari Tier 2 Experience. Total of 8 cottages, each with a country home ambiance
  • Wooden four-poster beds covered with mosquito netting and floral-printed curtains on the windows
  • Spacious enough to sleep a couple with up to 3 kids. The honeymoon room offer a larger bed
  • Private patio for sitting and enjoying the lovely weather and fabulous vistas of Ndali estate to the west and the lake to the east (main lodge areas)
  • Ensuite bathroom featuring a pedestal vanity and a soak-in colonial style bathtub with a shower
Paved stone pathways lead to 8 homely cottages, which are far enough apart from each other to accord travelers all the privacy they need for their safari stay in the outskirts of Kibale (best time to go). You will love the yesteryear feel of the rooms, with wooden four-poster beds covered with mosquito netting and small windows shaded with floral-printed curtains. A desk stands on one end of the space, while a table at the foot of the bed is just right for placing baggage. Wicker chairs, area rugs, and pretty candle stands add to the effortless charm.

The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate touring families with up to three kids. The ensuite bathroom includes a bathtub with shower and a pedestal vanity. Walk out to the porch and relax in the seating area while reveling in the superb western views of the namesake estate and Rwenzori Mountains on a clear cloudless day. Massage services are available in the privacy and convenience of your room. There is also the honeymoon room with a larger bed size - around six foot. None of the rooms have charging sockets except USB ports, and batteries and phones can be charged in the main area of the lodge. Rooms are lit by solar battery operated lights and also candles at night.
Ndali Lodge Accommodation Kibale

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Ndali Lodge On Kibale Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Hiking to the lake floor and swimming in the crater lake
  • Two-passenger kayak is available for hire for exploring the lake
  • Tracking Kibale’s wild chimpanzees and 12 other primate species in the forests to view their activities in a natural habitat
  • Bird watching to spot some of the 375 species of avian life and 70 varieties of mammals that thrive in the Kibale Park
  • Visiting the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, Ndali farm plantations, and Muhoma Falls
Your stay at Ndali Lodge in Kibale National Park offers plenty of activities. You could go hiking or jogging along the crater lake, or even go swimming in it subject to the lodge’s safety discretion. The lodge also provides two-passenger kayak or paddle boat hire services, which you can take out on the lake. Using the lodge as a base, take a trip out to the park forests, where you can sign up for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale. As you wander along the trails, look out for some of the 375 species of birds and 70 varieties of mammals that reside in the park. In addition to the chimps, you might spot some of the other 12 primates that abound here.

Since the areas surrounding Kibale is also located in the Albertine Rift Valley of East Africa, it has seen volcanic activity in the past, leading to several extinct craters that are now some of the most glorious lakes you’ve ever seen. Take time to visit Muhoma Falls, Ndali Farm’s banana and vanilla plantations, and a tour visit with AfricanMecca to Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary for a birding tour.
Ndali Lodge Safari Kibale Tour

How Is The Dining At Ndali Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Mouth-watering meals served with an accompaniment of fine wines - all drinks are extra costs
  • Excellent views of Lake Nyinambuga in the main dining area
  • Fresh, organic produce from the kitchen gardens used to prepare dishes
  • Choice of indoor and alfresco dining options, meals organized on the deck on request
  • Private romantic dinners lighted by candles in secluded areas of the lodge
Guests are invited to dine on delicious meals accompanied by a selection of wines, all of which are served in the lodge’s dining room. Many of the dishes are prepared with fresh produce from the kitchen gardens. You can also choose to have your meals out on the lawns, with the frisky resident dogs wandering around. All dietary requirements can be accommodated at Ndali Lodge (where else to stay in Kibale).  
Ndali Lodge Meals Kibale Dining

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Pros & Cons At Ndali Lodge In Kibale

What We Like About Ndali Lodge

  1. Beautiful location at the edge of a crater lake, surrounded by the lush greenery. Candle lit dinners and personal attention from the lodge owners.
  2. Offers just 8 rooms for discerning travelers, providing a secluded deluxe getaway experience.
  3. Swimming pool overlooks Ndali estate and in-room massages are available upon request. There is a sauna on site.
  4. Yesteryear colonial-style structure with a fireplace, wicker furniture, old dressers, a library, and quaint columns supporting walkways between the lounge and dining area.
  5. Child-friendly accommodation, with large rooms, a wading pool and trampoline.

Things To Note When Staying At Ndali Lodge

  1. Around 40-60 minutes drive from the main trailhead, where you begin chimpanzee tracking expeditions in Kibale National Park.
  2. Lit by candles at night, which may be a hazard for vacationers walking from their rooms to the lounge or dining area for dinner. In-room conveniences are available on request only i.e. torches, bug repellent, umbrellas, and hair dryers etc.
  3. Due to lack of electricity at the lodge via power grid or solar panels, it lacks basic amenities like higher beam lighting and fans; rooms uncomfortable for sleeping on hot days, as opening windows can let in bugs. Your phones and batteries can be charged in the main areas or in the room using their in-room USB ports.
  4. Rooming rates are on the higher side considering alternative facilities and amenities typical of a deluxe establishment are limited or not available; though, the lodge offers excellent service, ambiance and cuisine that balances the value equilibrium. Drinks are extra but laundry is included.
  5. There are resident dogs that belong to the lodge owners. For those who are allergic to dogs, we recommend that you advise us so we can brief the lodge owners. On the flipside, dog lovers will simply adore the resident dogs at Ndali.
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When staying at Ndali Lodge in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls for your wildlife safari, and alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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