Ndali Lodge in Kibale Forest National Park has a great reputation and as a tour operator myself, passing by, I just had to stop by for lunch on Easter Sunday. I was with friends to relax (and not to work!) so I didn't introduce myself.
We walked down to the stunning crater lake, sat and enjoyed the view, drank a gin and tonic and purchased some honey (which I certainly recommend by the way).
The land is slightly reminiscent of an English
country garden - so where better to be as a slightly home-sick Brit on Easter
weekend! This place has a real family feel.
The location of the lodge is breathtaking, nestled between the craters lakes high in the mountains.
The place has a great atmosphere and feel, history and pride in every corner. The common areas are great, swimming pool is nice a cozy. Food and service are excellent.
With the owners living in the premises management and attention to details is tip-top.
The service is very professional. The rooms are clean and comfy with a special colonial feeling to them.
The lodge has their own guide, Steven, who we took for a few walk in the area, very recommended, he is knowledgeable and a local who really knows the area.
No words can fully do the location justice as it needs to be seen to be believed. Yes, it is that visually stunning.
It is without a doubt one of Uganda's most beautiful locations. It is also close to the Kibale National Park making it ideal for chimp trekking.
The rooms are charming and comfortable. The whole place is spotlessly clean.
The owners live right there and are friendly and always available.
The staff is polite and kind. Joann in particular is a lovely, young lady.
The food is very good and the portions are large.
I also have to stress that chimp trekking in Kibale National Forest is an experience no to be missed.
The forest is beautiful, and it makes a superb contrast to game drives on the African savannah.
There are also no less than 12 other primates in the Forest besides the chimps.
I saw 4 species of monkeys.
I remember our small group was surrounded by a whole family of over 20 chimpanzees.
The patriarch shrieked, the other shrieked in return and they all rapidly climbed the trees.!!! It was truly
an amazing and unforgettable experience. It is only a tiny bit less fun than gorilla trekking.
If you're not a "seasoned" international traveler or have never been to Uganda then you could easily think the rooms here are dumpy, BUT for seasoned travelers, especially to Uganda , you will appreciate the beauty and charm of this place.