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Nkima Forest Lodge

Wakiso Uganda
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Nkima Forest Lodge is set in a sunny glade surrounded by indigenous forest on top of a hill with beautiful views of Mabamba Bay, a protected Ramsar wetlands site near to Entebbe. It was built to help preserve the patch of indigenous forest, home to turacos, parrots, hornbills and red-tailed monkeys (Nkima). There are six ensuite cottages with private decks in the forest.
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Alastair T wrote a review Oct 8
Moroto, Uganda56 contributions47 helpful votes
We live in Kampala and didn't want to travel far for a nice little break. From many other recommendations we headed to Nkima Forest Lodge and in about 1 hour we were ther and enjoying our welcome juice. These were COVID times and we were the only guests at the lodge during this midweek stay, but still we had a great selection of food and all the attention we could ever wish for. The owner told me that no trees were cut to construct the lodge and the rooms give the impression you are literally sleeping in the jungle. This was confirmed to us when we woke up and a monkey was having a good look at us through the cabin window. We enjoyed the food, we enjoyed the pool, we missed the croquet, but had two wonderful walks in the forest where lots of monkeys are to be spotted. At the far end of the ridge on which the lodge is constructed there is a wonderful view of Entebbe in one direction and the vast Mbamba swamp in all other directions. For a short, or longer break to escape the city and to feel that you have left it miles behind, then Nkima is the place for you!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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mfuwe wrote a review Mar 2020
Isle of Man, United Kingdom44,915 contributions502 helpful votes
We had been to see the Shoebill Stork in the nearby Mbamba wetlands and needed lunch so called in here. Great lunch and friendly staff. Knowing of my interest in lodges one of the staff/management kindly showed my round one of their bungalows and I was quite impressed. Nicely built and furnished this is a place I could happily stay in for a few days. Close enough to Kampala and Entebbe but definitely away from it all in the lush countryside. Apart from Mbamba the whole area bustled with birdlife and some mammals too. The bungalows had full size beds and nets for protection. H&C water and smart bathrooms. I liked it a lot.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Kjcolvard wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York223 contributions54 helpful votes
This no-frills lodge in a beautiful spot is quite comfortable and peaceful. Nkima means monkey, specifically the black-faced monkeys in this forest, and in the morning dozens of them were playing and grooming outside the main building. I also saw many different types of beautiful butterfly. This is shoebill territory. I didn’t, but you can go on canoe tours in the wetlands to look for them. The food here is really good, and plentiful. A bar and fridge well stocked with booze, beer, and soda. Dispersed cabins are really private, with a large balcony looking straight into the forest. Hard to find, roads maybe impassable in the rain. I understand there’s another route via ferry from Entebbe. WiFi access in the main building but very slow. I recommend a visit. Two nights would justify the long drive and give you time to birdwatcher, hike, and relax too.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
TAZMPictures wrote a review Jan 2020
Bujumbura, Burundi343 contributions89 helpful votes
Wonderful bungalows in a patch of forest on a hill. The surrounding trees are full of exotic birds and monkeys and you can enjoy a sunset overlooking the Magamba wetlands. Excellent food and service, clean and comfy. Easy access to the wetlands where you can see the odd shoebill stork and myriad other birds.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Duane-the-rock wrote a review Jan 2020
Phnom Penh, Cambodia16 contributions3 helpful votes
100% self sufficient eco-lodge overlooking the Mabamba Wetlands. The rooms are all nestled in the forest equipped with large balconies, hot showers and private views of the forest. Each morning we woke up with Nkima monkeys outside our room in the trees. The main area is large, filled with games, a bar, and comfy seating with views over the wetlands. The food is fresh and delicious. The pool has the best views overlooking the wetlands and forest. It's private and refreshing. Good for sunbathing, reading and maybe some swimming. The staff are helpful and happy. The owners are knowledgeable and welcoming. A good weekend getaway from Kampala. Also it's a good first or last stop when arriving to/from Entebbe Airport. It's only a short ferry ride across the bay, and 10ish minutes to the lodge
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
UgandaCentral RegionWakiso
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nkima Forest Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Nkima Forest Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Nkima Forest Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nkima Forest Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nkima Forest Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.