We arrived at Ndali and was greeted by various staff members all smiling widely. Our bags was taken to the impressive and spacious rooms after which we cooled down drinking some tea & other beverages around the pool.
The view is impressive on both sides of the property, with a lake and mountain range on other side, the 40 min dusty drive is quickly forgotten as the extreme serenity of this hidden gem surrounds one.
They fed us like kings, we had a balanced and well presented three course meal each evening, a diverse and filling breakfast each morning and took our lunches from various local establishments around the Kibale National Forest (driving required for some excursions, but excellent hiking and nature walks from the lodge with a guide, Steven, is available).
There are many books, old and new, there is a sauna and a kiddies pool with a big blow-up Orca lazing it's days away. They do your laundry for free and massages are also included in the price.
When I booked, I doubted the value for money aspect as it is mid to high end range, but after the first 10 minutes in the company of the staff and the presence of the lakes and mountains, surrounded by a well maintained lodge, I knew Ndali Lodge is one in a million!
There was the occasional and non-consequential things like a safe that needed a new battery, the walk which we were told will be 1 hour, turned out to be a 3 hour walk, but any and every request was handled in a professional & prompt manner.
A tour of the nearby Vanilla Factory is a must-do! Good location for trekking Chimpanzee's in the Kibale Forest National Park (about 1 hour drive over secondary roads).
Thank you to all the staff at Ndali Lodge
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ndali was recently voted 'Best Lodge in Uganda' by the Association of Driver/Guides in Uganda!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ndali Hotel Fort Portal
- Ndali Lodge Uganda/Fort Portal