Nkima Forest Lodge is located in its own patch of indigenous forest on Nansubuga hill overlooking the Mabamba Wetlands. The lodge has been built with minimal disturbance to the surrounding forest and the open grassland on top of the hill. The area is a birding hot spot in Uganda and the local community arrange boat trips into the swamp to view the Shoebill Stork and other birdlife from the nearby Mabamba landing site. The forest has numerous bird species, as well as Red-tailed monkeys (after which the lodge is named) and Vervet monkeys. The site also has many species of butterflies and insects, as well as smaller mammals such as squirrels, mongoose, and bushbabies. Bushbucks and duiker have occasionally been spotted. This is a small haven of wilderness within easy reach of Entebbe and Kampala that is perfect for those seeking peace, fresh air, and escape to an area of great natural beauty.
The main lodge has a dining section, bar and lounge with comfortable seating, which can be opened up on three sides during the day to allow a cool breeze and views of the grassy glade surrounded by forest. The lodge has a high deck built into the forest near the lounge, with views across the Mabamba wetlands, perfect for an evening sundowner or a quiet spot for sitting and reading in the shade. The lodge offers freshly cooked food with a limited, but changing menu covering a range of cuisines and caters for all dietary requirements. The chefs have been trained by the owners, who take a personal interest in the quality of the food. A short distance from the main lodge there is an outdoor fire pit with sunset views over the forest canopy and the wetlands beyond. Through a small patch of forest beyond the fire pit and hidden from the main lodge there is a swimming pool with a protected shallow area for children and a deck with chairs and loungers. There are hammocks at various spots for resting or reading in the cool of the forest.
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