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Ndali Lodge

Fort Portal, Uganda

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© Catherine Ronan A curious perch
2/3 Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you
© Gorilla Forest Lodge Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you
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© Catherine Ronan Big-maned lion in Uganda

walks around the crater rim, visit the waterfall, boat on the lake, visit banana and vanilla plantations

Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 130 metres deep.

The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by two open passage-ways or breeze-ways: fruit bats, owls and frogs like to use them as a highway to the crater lake.

On either side of the main area are the luxurious eight cottages which face west and out to a panoramic view of the spectacular 'Mountains of the Moon'. What more can one ask for but to sit on your veranda and watch the sun setting behind the Rwenzori mountains, the snow-capped peaks of which are clearly visible on a clear day?

At night the dining room is festooned with candles - the lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquility and atmosphere although there are solar lights in the cottages.

Breakfast is on the verandah overlooking the lake: freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey go down well with a full English breakfast.

All Ndali's water comes directly from the lake, pumped up hydraulic ram based on technology invented in the 1770's.

They  provide local guides for walks around the 1000 acre farm, to the Mahoma Water fall, around crater rims, past alcohol brewing in oil drums, through banana plantations, vanilla plantations, coffee terraces, plots of cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet.

Below the lodge, on the lake itself, is a sturdy jetty, set in the most tranquil and secluded spot and frequented by 5 different species of Kingfisher. From here guests can swim in the lake, soak up the sun or simply get away from it all. 
 
A true gem!

Accommodation:

8 cottages, west facing

Experience:

walks around the crater rim, visit the waterfall, boat on the lake, visit banana and vanilla plantations

Inclusions / Exclusions:

About Fort Portal and Uganda

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© Catherine Ronan A curious perch
2/3 Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you
© Gorilla Forest Lodge Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you
3/3 Big-maned lion in Uganda
© Catherine Ronan Big-maned lion in Uganda

Fort Portal

Fort Portal is the heartland of the verdant tea-growing area and an important commercial centre. This is a very convenient place to base in order to explore the crater lakes, Kibale Forest and the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. Read more?

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Big-maned lion in Uganda
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A curious perch
3/3 Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you
Youngsters will often be curious and come right up to you

Uganda

Uganda is a beguiling mixture of what the rest of Africa has to offer, from the semi-desert country of Karamoja, to the snow-capped mountains of the Rwenzoris and the "impenetrable" rainforests of Bwindi.  Uganda is lush, green and luxuriant, full of tropical exuberance and lots of banana trees. Read more?

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How we can help you

At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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