The estate dates back to the 1920s, an era of large-scale tea planting in the area that began when Major Trevor Price and his friend Hugh Naylor, recently discharged from the British Army in Egypt after the Great War, decided to venture south in a model T Ford, eventually settling here in Uganda’s Tooro Kingdom to establish one tea estate after another.
His son Aubrey Price and niece Lulu Sturdy (youngest daughter of Trevor’s daughter Caroline) came to Uganda to take up the reins of the lodge and farm, respectively, and have been living happily here ever since, continuing Mark’s legacy of active reforestation; Ndali Forest, cleared land when Mark reclaimed it in 1992, is now a verdant expanse of indigenous trees, home to a diverse array of birds, monkeys and other wildlife.
Others followed suit and the great estates of western Uganda came into being and flourished until 1972, when Major Price’s land was appropriated by the then military regime. He returned to England and passed away soon after, never again to set eyes on the rolling green hills of Tooro; the Price family acted as guardians to the exiled king of Tooro, but held out little hope of seeing Trevor’s Ugandan estates returned to them.
A generation later, in 1992, Trevor’s son Captain Mark Price reclaimed his father’s estates under a parliamentary repatriation act, as did many exiled foreign investors, and chose this site upon which to establish a safari lodge.
He began building in 1993, and opened in 1996 with cottages 1-4, 5-8 under construction. Sadly, Mark past away in 1998.