Kibale Forest, Uganda
Ndali Lodge in Kibale Forest is one of the most exciting accommodations we use...anywhere! The setting is one of the most dramatic in Africa, as the lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano that has filled with water to become scenic Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 430 feet deep.
The main thatched lodge has a spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by eight cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The west-facing cottages have a panoramic view of the rainforest-draped 'Mountains of the Moon.' Cottages are built of local stone and thatch, and the interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished using local natural materials.
Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en suite facilities with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin, and a private veranda, perfect for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori Mountains, the snowcapped peaks of which are clearly visible on a clear day.
At night the dining room is lit exclusively with candles—the lodge has no electricity or generators to alter the tranquility atmosphere, although there are solar lights in the cottages. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by two open passageways. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the lake: freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey go down well with a full English breakfast.