You meet with your safari guide and the rest of your group in the morning and then set off on the southbound road out of the city center into the rural countryside. You proceed to Fort Portal via the town of Mubende set in rolling hills. Time permitting you may take a two hour detour to visit the Nakayima Shrine, a 400 year old tree venerated in local folklore as holding the spirit of an ancient king. Make an offering to the spirits! You have a picnic lunch en route and arrive in Kibale in the late afternoon. 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. Accommodation is in eight luxurious cottages. The cottages face west to offer a panoramic view to the spectacular 'Mountains of the Moon'. They where designed by Captain Mark Price and are built of local stone and thatch. Each cottage is large enough to accommodate a family and has en-suite facilities with bath, shower, wc and hand basin and a private verandah, perfect for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori mountains. The lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquility and atmosphere. Lighting is by candles. 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. All Ndali's water comes directly from the lake, pumped up by hydraulic ram based on technology invented in the 1770's. Activities include a visit local historical and wildlife attractions, and an ideal stopping off place for parties moving from Queen Elizabeth National Park up to the famous Murchison Falls National Park; Queen Elizabeth is within 2 and a half hours drive. Also close by is the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, a community-based conservation project. Ndali provides local guides for walks around the 1000 acre farm, to the Mahoma Waterfalls, and a boat for relaxing contemplation of a large variety of birds, butterflies and primates. Walks will take you around crater rims, past alcohol brewing in oil drums, through banana plantations, coffee terraces, plots of cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet. You can swim in the lake, soak up the sun or simply get away from it all. Ndali is a few kilometres from the heart of Uganda's tea growing region and historically has close links with Rwetera tea shamba (plantation) which can be reached by foot and is possible to visit by prior arrangement.
Alternative accommodation option: Primate Luxury Tented Camp consists of safari tents and cottages in African style. The safari tents are raised on a wooden platform, with a private veranda overlooking the forest. Each of them is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable twin beds, large windows and en-suite bathroom. The cottages are privately situated in the forest, with their own veranda, spacious bedroom and en-suite bathroom. You can also enjoy an exciting night high up in the tree in the unique Sky Tree House. It is located at a 10-15 minutes walk from the main lodge and overlooks the scenic elephant wallow. It offers a simple bedroom and basic washing/toilet facilities at the foot of the tree. There is also a well-maintained camp site with shared washing facilities available for backpackers who want to bring their own tent. Natural stone pathways lead you to the main lodge with a spacious dining room, serving local and international meals. The adjacent well-stocked bar provides a fresh cup of coffee, cold beers or any other drink, while you enjoy the magical forest that encloses the lodge. The open lounge area is decorated with comfortable large chairs, sofas and soft cushions, making it the ideal place to unwind and listen to the chattering of the red-tailed monkeys in the branches. In the slightly chilly evenings you can find shelter in a unique cave where a fire will be lit to warm yourself. And as the night falls and you drift away to sleep by the peaceful sounds of nature, you might even hear the exciting trumpeting of the meandering elephants in the forest....
Chimpanzee Trekking - You set out with a packed lunch to track the noisy chimps and other primates crashing around through the high canopy of the forest with colourful birds squawking nearby. After lunch you walk in Bigodi to see the swamp dwelling bird life. The tourism and conservation activities in Bigodi wetland have helped build a number of community projects including a local library and a new secondary school.