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Ndali Lodge is set stunningly amidst the Bunyaruguru crater lake region of Western Uganda, 26 kilometres south of Fort Portal lies at the centre of 1000 acres of privately owned fertile farmland still cultivated in a traditional style.
'My eyes were directed by a boy to a mountain, said to be covered with salt, and I saw a perculiar shaped cloud...which assumed the proportions and appearance of a vast mountain covered with snow. Following its form downward... I became for the first time conscious that what I gazed upon was not the image or semblance of a vast mountain, but solid substance of a real one, with its summit covered with snow... It now dawned upon me that this must be the Ruwenzori...'
HENRY STANLEY IN DARKEST AFRICA
Ndali Lodge astride the equator (0 - 291N, 301 - 62E) sits on a narrow ridge 1,432 (4700ft) Above Sea Level with outstanding 360 degree views of ancient volcanic landscape, set against the backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains).
The area's rich black volcanic soil is amongst the most fertile in Africa producing diverse plants and herbs and a bewildering variety of crops from tea and coffee through pineapples, passion fruits, bananas, mangoes, avocado; to millet, sweet potato, cassava, sorghum, ground nuts, yams and hot chillies. All of these can be experienced first hand at the lodge.
Ndali is in the heart of Western Uganda's crater lake region; the Ndali volcanic field was formed some 11,000 years ago, possibly due to activity along the northern part of the Western Rift Valley - although local legend claims the lakes were made by the first Bachwezi King when he retired to the area after abdicating in favour of his son. Many of the early explorers to the Rwenzoris remarked on the beauty of these volcanic foothills as they approached overland from Kampala.
NUMBER OF ROOM: The 40 deluxe rooms each have a terrace overlooking the plains or the Aruba dam. A variety of room types are available: double rooms, triple rooms, rooms for the physically challenged and adjoining rooms, making it family-friendly.
Room décor: a balcony facing the vast wilderness.
Room amenities: Each room is designed to provide utmost comfort ensuring a pleasant stay. The rooms also contain an en suite toilet and shower facility with bathroom accessories.
Special feature: The Lodge, set amongst landscaped gardens, offers a swimming pool and children’s pool, a fine restaurant, a bar, a cultural center, a souvenir shop and of course, wonderful viewing platforms. For the traveler there is also a fuel station.
General Facilities: There are lots of things to do at the lodge besides sitting in the viewing deck and hear the birds sing. Enjoy a delightful swimming pool which is overlooking Aruba Dam, a fine restaurant, a well stocked bar, a souvenir shop and conferencing facilities.
CONFERENCE FACILITIES: N/A
- Guided Nature Walks
- In-house naturalist
- In-house cultural activities
- Visits to nearby places of interest
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Sundowner evenings
- Champagne bush breakfast
- Picnic lunch boxes available
- Various cuisine menus
- Internet and telephone facilities available
- Conferencing facilities available
Places of interest in Tsavo East National Park
- Lugards Falls and the Athi Galana River
- The Buffalo Wallows
- Mudanda Rock
On request, we can combine your safari itinerary with a stay at the beach hotels in Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Zanzibar for any number of nights.