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Anyone who’s ever visited a British country house will have a flicker of recognition when arriving at Ndali Lodge. Owner Aubrey and his wife Clare are the 3rd generation of his family to live at Ndali, and from the moment their friendly dogs come racing to welcome you, it feels more as if you’re staying in a family home than a hotel.
What’s Ndali Lodge really like?
There are just eight stone and thatch cottages at Ndali, decorated in a pretty, colourful style that blends African colonial chic with a more modern country feel. There are four poster beds, deep tubs in the ensuite bathrooms, and views towards distant Mountains of the Moon. In the main lodge building there’s a large sitting room and dining room, serving wholesome, delicious, fairly traditional-style food, and a small verandah where lunch is often served overlooking the lake. Worth a particular mention is their own-grown coffee- the perfect way to start a chilly morning!
What can I do at Ndali Lodge?
Most guests who come to stay at Ndali Lodge are here for the chimp trekking in Kibale Forest, around 50 minutes away. You can either visit chimps for an hour, or do the longer habituation experience, though you do need to be reasonably fit for this. There are also some lovely walks and visits to the Bigodi Wetlands, which we would absolutely recommend for anyone who’s remotely interested in birding. For guests who have longer to spare, there are some rather lovely walks around the farm and plantation and pottering around on the lake. Lastly, Ndali has a rather lovely pool and sauna if you prefer something a little gentler.
Giving back at Ndali Lodge…
Ndali Lodge is tightly tied in to the local community- it sponsors 20 children from primary through to tertiary education, built a new nursery for the local community and supports charitable projects in the region.
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