This impressive lodge is full of character and charm, perched on the rim of a crater lake with views out to the Rwenzori Mountains. Spacious log cottages offer privacy, comfort and sweeping views, while Kibale Forest is under an hour’s drive away, renowned for its chimpanzee inhabitants.
Ndali Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda
Ndali Lodge is high on a hill in the heart of the Buyuruguru Crater Lakes. The eight self-contained stone cottages are spread throughout lush, colourful gardens along a ridge looking out over rolling green cultivated hills lined with banana plantations, dotted with crater lakes, with the rugged Rwenzori mountains as a backdrop. Behind the lodge the hill drops steeply down to the idyllic Lake Nyinambuga. The rooms are large and airy with a private terrace and the en suite bathrooms have large baths and plenty of piping hot water. The main lodge is homely and bright with large windows and French doors leading out to the verandah that runs one side of the house. There is a pool surrounded by sunloungers and a well stocked and diverse library in the main area. Delicious four course meals are served by candlelight around a communal table every evening.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Surrounded by a forest renowned for its primate inhabitants, a stay at Primate Lodge Kibale is a true jungle adventure. Offering simple but comfortable accommodation in tents, cottages or a treehouse, it provides a characterful base where you can immerse yourself in the area’s rich wildlife and culture.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
You enter the forest and following signs and chimp calls your guide leads you to the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed, however the odds of encountering them have greatly increased in recent years, now standing at 90% or over.
This area is characterised by rolling hills, vanilla plantations, pretty forests and of course the crater lakes. For some of the crater lakes, the views are actually best from the viewpoints, accessed by roads.