Sometimes you visit somewhere where you wish you could stay longer. This was the feeling we had when we left Ndali Lodge Uganda in the Fort Portal area of the Rwenzori Mountains.
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About Ndali Lodge Uganda
The lodge is run by Aubrey and his wife Clare who were unfortunately absent during our stay there but we were well attended to by the manager Gilbert. The Lodge has been in Aubrey’s family since the 1920s but was appropriated during the Ugandan military rule in the 1970s and was only reclaimed in the 1990s and then became what can only be described as a perfect wildlife lodge.
What to do at Ndali Lodge Fort Portal?
The main reason we stayed was because of its proximity to the Chimps in Kibale National Forest (you can read about our experience here) but the lodge itself could be your destination. You have lovely views of the Rwenzori mountains and the lodge overlooks a beautiful crater lake. The walk around the lake is stunning and you can see many beautiful birds and even bats on the walk. We especially enjoyed the fact that we were accompanied on the walk by the lodge dogs.
What are the lodges like at Ndali Lodge?
All of the lodges are standalone buildings which mean you have privacy. The atmosphere to me was added to by the fact there was no electricity in any of the lodges. Perhaps my favourite aspect of this was that the water was heated over wood burners which meant you got a beautiful smoky aroma to your shower water. For those who can’t live without their tech (for us it was all about camera battery charging) you can charge essential devices in the office.
My favourite part of our stay was watching the sunrise from our lodge with freshly brewed local coffee.
A truly idyllic experience only to be equalled by our breakfast on the terrace with stunning views of the lake.
The view from the pool wasn’t bad either!
The food at Ndali Lodge Uganda
The food is decidedly British with a lovely roast chicken dinner cooked on our first night there. We enjoyed this with a G&T and couldn’t have felt more colonial if we had tried!
The first evening was excellent as we were the only guests which meant we had a lovely intimate and romantic dinner over candlelight that made us feel like we were in another era. The second night we were joined by another couple, who have now become life long friends. We enjoyed sitting in the lounge discussing our days safari adventures over G&Ts again feeling as if we had just stepped out of a colonial era book!
Both Wandermust Daddy and I both agreed that we wished we had stayed longer at this lodge to appreciate the local area and the amazing service of the staff at Ndali. This was our favourite lodge in Uganda – how could it not be with views like this!