Ndali Lodge

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 visits to 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.