Shoebill Campsite

Location: Bordering Murchison Falls National Park

For one of Murchison Falls National Park’s most intimate, wild and memorable accommodation experiences, why not stay at Shoebill Campsite? Located near the entrance to Murchison Falls National Park, Shoebill Campsite offers unspoiled views of the blue waters of the River Nile, expansive skies, and ultimate peace and tranquility.

After a day at the falls or on a game drive through the park, you will appreciate this calm spot to relax in the seating area around the campfire, listening to the calls of hippos and watching the stars. Guests must provied their own tents.

Guests can choose to prepare their own food if they bring their equipment, or eat at the superb Nile Safari Lodge restaurant just two minutes away on foot. They also have access to the Lodge’s swimming pool overlooking the river.

Campsite Amenities

  • Campfire
  • Seating area
  • River views
  • 24 hour ranger
  • Access to Nile Safari Lodge’s restaurant, bar and pool
  • Guests must provide their own tents and cooking equipment

Activities At The Lodge

  • Boat Ride: Sail around the island in the river and down to the delta – ideal for shoebill spotting! $50 per boat.
  • Bird Walk: With an experienced guide. $10 per person.
  • Game Drives in the Park
  • Boat Ride to Murchison Falls: Excellent for wildlife spotting
  • Hike to the Falls: The only way to get up close!
  • Village Walk: Visit nearby Mubako community with Francis, a community member and guide $10 pp .
  • Cultural Performances: Mubako Community perform traditional songs and dances around the camp fire.

Responsible Travel

As the campsite has neither electricity nor running water, it is very environmentally friendly. Nile Safari Lodge uses solar powered lighting. GeoLodges spport the local community of Mubako with evening performances by their cultural groups. Many staff are also from this community, and local laborers are employed when possible. Paper beads created as a result of the the Bead for Life project are on sale (through GeoLodges´ Earthworks Foundation)

Contact
Tel:
0414 258 273, 0312 260 758
Website:
www.geolodgesafrica.com
Email:
info@geolodgesafrica.com
reservations@geolodgesafrica.com
Price
  • $10 US per person, camping only
1-2 children sharing with adults pay $45 full board per child, or $70 in a room of their own
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Sambiya River Lodge

Location: Inside Murchison Falls National Park

Situated just 15 minutes from the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls, Sambiya River Lodge is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of Uganda. The Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy provided to the guests. Our 36 cottages and bandas are tucked away beneath the trees of our beautiful tropical garden, which also contains a small children’s play area and a pool.

Offering our own transport and superb guides, we offer personalised wildlife safaris, fishing excursions, birding walks and trips to Murchison Falls to suit each of our guests’ unique tastes. Sambiya River Lodge is the perfect place to relax between adventures: watch a spectacular African sunrise with fresh coffee or tea on your cottage verandah; cool off in the pool after a day full of activities; enjoy excellent meals and sundowners around the Lodge bar; or sip after dinner drinks by the camp fire.

Sambiya allows you to relax in luxury whilst experiencing the sights and sounds of Africa.

Lodge Amenities

  • Lodge amenities
  • Restaurant and bar with TVs
  • Swimming pool
  • Travel desk
  • Gift shop
  • On-site wildlife viewing in the surrounding gardens
  • Solar water heater
  • Electricity in the mornings and evening

Room Description

Scattered around the peaceful gardens, Sambiya has 26 individual and family thatched cottages with en suite bathrooms, fans, screened doors and windows, mosquito nets, and a veranda to relax and enjoy the commanding views of quintessential Africa.

Ten basic bandas are also available for guest accommodation, including one en suite banda and nine with shared bathroom facilities. Bandas have fans, screened doors and windows and mosquito nets.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Game drives – we have our own vehicle
  • Trips to the top of the Falls
  • Nile boat rides to thebottom of the Falls – with the option of hiking to the top
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking and trekking, including walking safaris
  • Chimp tracking and forest walks in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest
  • Fishing – check out our “Hall of Fame” board to see what has been caught!

Responsible Travel

  • Sambiya was designed as a small eco-lodge. Most of the trees in the concession area were undisturbed and consequently the site is very ‘green’.
  • It was built with materials from the area.
  • Sambiya Lodge has solar heated hot water
  • Local crafts from Anaka Women’s Group are sold in the Lodge Gift Shop
Contact
Tel:
+256 414 233 596
Website:
www.sambiyariverlodge.com
www.afritourstravel.com
Email:
reservations@sambiyariverlodge.com
Price
  • Cottages: $90 US full board sharing, $105 US full board single (per person, full board)
  • Self-contained banda: 75,000 USh sharing, 100,000 USh single (per person, b&b)
  • Non-self contained bandas: 55,000 USh sharing, 70,000 USh single (per person, b&b)
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Red Chilli Rest Camp

Location: Inside Murchison Falls National Park

Red Chilli Rest Camp is the only budget accommodation located inside Murchison Falls National Park – and the best place to meet like-minded travellers; begin your thrilling safari; or take a launch trip to the Falls – the Nile River boat dock is right on our doorstep! Our open-sided restaurant offers great views across the river – and is a great place to relax with a chilled beer or a good book after a dusty day on safari. We also have a bonfire most evenings, and campers with their own cooking equipment are welcome to use the barbecue area.

Red Chilli three-day safaris to Murchison Falls National Park depart three times a week from Kampala, and are perfect for budget and solo travellers, as well as groups. But you don’t need to venture all the way into the park to begin your adventure – warthogs, marabou storks and baboons are frequent visitors to the camp – and at night don’t be surprised if you hear hippos grazing outside the door of your room!

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar (open until midnight)
  • Outdoor seating areas
  • Bonfire
  • Barbecue area (equipment not provided)
  • Power points for charging laptops and phones
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Camping area for up to 100 guests (tents not provided)
  • Electricity is available from 9am until midnight

Room Description

All bandas have mosquito nets, electric lights, fans, linen and towels. Furnished safari tents have linen but no towels, and the tents are treated with mosquito repellent. As there is no electricity, paraffin lamps are supplied. at night

Available rooms include:
  • En-suite family banda (sleeps four)
  • En-suite twin banda
  • Twin banda with shared bathroom facilities
  • Twin safari tent with shared bathroom facilities
  • Camping area – tents not provided

Activities At The Lodge

  • Red Chilli Standard Safari: Perfect if  you are on a tight budget but still want to enjoy the big game experience. Price: US$240 per person.
  • Red Chilli Big Five Safari: Similar to our very popular Murchison Falls Safari but now including rhino tracking. Price: US$285 per person.
  • Red Chilli Queen Elizabeth Four-Day Safari: A four day trip combining wildlife viewing with other activities designed to highlight the best of the scenery and communities in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and the Fort Portal region. Price $299 per person
Our trips run twice a week. Specially designed ‘exclusive’ trips can be organised according to customer requirements.
We offer one night’s free camping or dormitory accommodation at Red Chilli Kampala the night before the trip departs, subject to availability.

Responsible Travel

  • Limited availability of electricity saves energy.
  • Red Chilli is working on introducing solar hot water and a community craft shop. All staff receive training.
Contact
Cell:
0772 709150
Kampala tel:
+256 (0)414 223903
Website:
www.redchillihideaway.com
Bookings can be made online

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Paraa Safari Lodge

Location: Murchison Falls National Park

Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park, on the banks of the mighty River Nile. The Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure.

There is a choice of fine dining, and the Explorer’s bar is the ideal watering hole after a day of wildlife discovery in Murchison Falls National Park. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding river below.

Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch.
Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds awaits you here…

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Travel desk
  • Conference facility
  • Business Service Centre with Internet access
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry service
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

Each of the 54 rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom. All rooms have fans and hot water.
Suites also have air conditioning, mini bars and panoramic windows.

In addition, the Queen’s Cottage has a sunken bath, king-size master bedroom, twin room (both with en suite bathrooms), living/dining room, mini bar and air conditioning.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Game Drive
  • Birding and Nature Walks
  • Boat ride to Murchison Falls
  • Fishing
  • Boat trip to the Nile Delta

Responsible Travel

  • The Paraa Safari Lodge supports and operates with the help of the local and surrounding communities. Most of the staff at the lodge are local residents helping to create authentic Ugandan surroundings with the comforts of home.
  • Nightly dancers from Mubako community arrive to show off their moves and display the local culture and heritage.
  • Though few crops grow in this region, we source fruit from the surrounding communities when we can.
Contact:
Marasa Africa.
Plot 96-98 5th Street Industrial Area
P.O.Box 22827 | Kampala | Uganda
 
Ph: +256 (0) 312 260260/1
Ph:  +256 (0) 414 255992 
Fax: +256 (0) 312 260262
 

 reservations@marasa.net

 mweyaparaa@africaonline.co.ug

www.marasa.net
Price

Bed and Breakfast:

  • Single: 120,
  • Double: $180, 
  • Suite: $240 (per room)
  • Royal Cottage: $500 (per person)

Full Board:

  • Single:$145
  • Double: $230
  • Suite: $290 (per room)
  • Royal Cottage:$590 (per person)

1-2 children sharing with adults pay $45 full board per child, or $70 in a room of their own

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GeoLodges Nile Safari Lodge

Location: Bordering Murchison Falls National Park

Set amid papyrus forests on the banks of the River Nile, Nile Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in Uganda’s largest national park. The wooden chalets and luxury tents all have private balconies suspended over the mighty river, maximizing stunning views and giving a true feeling of wild Africa. Weaver nests occupy overhanging trees, vervet monkeys leap from branch to roof, and hippos snort with contentment.

Nile Safari Lodge brings you closer to nature without damaging the environment, allowing our guests to co-exist peacefully with the region´s natural inhabitants, without air conditioning or barriers to wildlife. The secluded pool offers the best reprieve from the equatorial sun after a day of activities. At dusk, we invite you to enjoy our open fireplace – perfect for stargazing, bird watching, and enjoying a chilled sundowner.

We hope to instill a love and enthusiasm for this exceptionally beautiful area which will stay with you forever!

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Extended deck with seating area
  • Swimming pool
  • Tour desk and
  • Small craft shop
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Outdoor fireplace with cultural dance performances
  • Shoebill Camp Site for guests who bring tents

Room Description

All rooms and tents have lighting and private bathrooms with flushing toilets and outdoor “bush” showers, filled with hot or cold water on request. They have private verandas overlooking the Nile.
Available rooms include:
  • Twin safari tents
  • Private cabins (family, double and twin cabins)
  • Camping area – tents not provided

Activities At The Lodge

  • Boat Ride: Sail around the island in the river and down to the delta – ideal for shoebill spotting! $50 per boat.
  • Bird Walk: With an experienced guide. $10 per person.
  • Village Walk: Visit nearby Mubako community with Francis, a community member and guide $10 pp .
  • Cultural Performances: Mubako Community perform traditional songs and dances around the camp fire.

Responsible Travel

  • Solar powered lighting is installed in the tents
  • Bush showers save water
  • Many staff are from Mubako Community, local labourers are employed when possible
  • Paper beads created as a result of the the Bead for Life project
Contact
Tel:
0414 258 273, 0312 260 758
Website:
www.geolodgesafrica.com
Email:
info@geolodgesafrica.com
reservations@geolodgesafrica.com
Price per room per night
Double occupancy:
$330 US per room full board
singl occupancy:
$210 US per room full board
 
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Chobe Safari Lodge

Location: Within Murchison Falls National Park

Located in Murchison Falls National Park, this Five Star lodge is undoubtedly the gem in Uganda’s crown of tourism destinations.

The breathtaking panoramic views, coupled with the sounds of the River Nile’s magnificent rapids, set the scene for an adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors. Chobe Safari Lodge offers a unique opportunity to sample the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna; all in an area of the park that has yet to be discovered.

This area of Murchison Falls National Park is ideal for fishing, and will revive this newly refurbished lodge to become one of the best fishing destinations in Africa.


Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant/bar with TVs
  • Swimming pool
  • Travel desk
  • Children´s play area
  • Gift shop
  • On-site wildlife
  • Solar water heater
  • Generator for electricity in mornings and evenings
  • Telescope for stargazing
  • 4×4 vehicle to rent for game drives

Activities At The Lodge

  • Safari adventurers
  • Birders
  • Weddings
  • Conferences and group retreats
  • Honeymooners & romantic getaways
  • Weekend getaways

Sustainability Efforts

  • Chobe Lodge will be working with the surrounding community to develop complimentary tourism activities that highlight local Ugandan culture and enrich the tourists experience.
  • The Lodge supports Local Craft Shop and local Community Dancers and hires a high ratio of staff from the surrounding communities
  • As much of the food served at the Lodge as possible is bought from the vicinity.
Contact
Marasa Africa.
Plot 96-98 5th Street Industrial Area
P.O.Box 22827 | Kampala | Uganda
 
Ph: +256 (0) 312 260260/1
Ph:  +256 (0) 414 255992 
Fax: +256 (0) 312 260262
 
reservations@marasa.net
mweyaparaa@africaonline.co.ug

www.marasa.net
Price
  • Single $180
  • Double $325
  • Suite$385
  • Tent PP- $195-$300
  • Family house for 6 pax - $600
  • Presidential Cottage 4 Pax$785
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Budongo Eco Lodge

Location: Budongo Central Forest Reserve, inside Murchison Falls National Park

Get away from it all at Budongo Eco Lodge! These comfortable and spacious eco-cabins are tucked away in a dark, cool forest, home to chimps, monkeys, rare bird species and tree hyraxes, providing a wonderful mix of relaxation and adventure!

While getting prepared for your tour, enjoy a cold soda, hot snack or one of our delicious chocolate brownies. Taste our excellent fresh-brewed Ugandan coffee or have dinner in the warm light of the candles at night. Our restaurant offers a variety of traditional and international meals that will be served outside on the terrace, while enjoying the magical sounds of the forest.

The visitors’ centre displays a selection of different animal skeletons, fossils and snares that were found in the forest, as well as detailed information about Budongo Forest Reserve. Our craft shop offers a small yet excellent selection of Uganda’s crafts and gifts, made by local women using natural materials with simple and colorful designs.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Travel desk
  • Visitors’ centre with local information and artifacts
  • Craft shop
  • On-site wildlife and bird watching
  • Solar-powered lighting and solar hot water

Room Description

Budongo Eco Lodge has five self-contained cabins constructed with natural materials to blend perfectly with the forest. One is double and four are twin/triple, with a sofa bed used as a third bed. All rooms have private bathrooms with solar-heated showers, dry toilets, private verandas, solar lighting and mosquito nets. There are also four dorm rooms with two bunk beds – each sleeps four guests. Dorms have shared showers with solar heated water, shared toilets and solar lighting.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Chimp Tracking: 2-4 hours. $50 (low season) $60 (high season)
  • Chimp Habituation: Spend a full day in the company of our distant cousins and study their behaviour. $150
  • Forest Walks: Join a guided walk on a network of trails. $15/$20 for 1.5/4 hour walks
  • Bird Walks: See elusive bird species such as the Paradise Flycatcher and the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher. $15/$20 for 3 hour/full day walks

Responsible Travel

  • The cabins contain eco-toilets, are solar powered and solar heated and contain energy saving bulbs.
  • All staff members are from the Boomu community, and laundry is done by women from the village.
  • Produce is supplied by the local community market, and the shop sells locally-produced crafts.
Contact
Tel:
+256 (0) 414267153, 772 426368
Website:
www.ugandalodges.com/budongo
www.safari-uganda.com/uganda/budongoecolodge.php
Email:
info@ugandalodges.com
info@safari-uganda.com
Price
Cabins (price per cabin in US$):
  • Single occupancy: $66 b&b, $78 half board, $88 full board
  • Double occupancy: b&b $110, $134 half board, $155 full board
  • Triple occupancy: $128b&b, $166 half board, $205 full board
Dormitories (price per person in US$):
  • $22 b&b, $34 half board, $45 full board
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Boomu Women´s Group Bandas

Location: Between Budongo Forest Reserve and Murchison Falls National Park

Boomu Women´s Group has around 40 members from the villages of Kihaguzi and Kigaragara. These subsistence farmers had little produce left over to sell, so in 1999 the women´s group was formed, with the aim of reducing poverty and malnutrition, and providing an income for the members to be able to pay their children´s school fees.

What began as a craft group has evolved into a wonderful community tourism project, with accommodation, a restaurant, unique guided tours and a well-tended garden.

The grass-thatched bandas have been built in traditional Ugandan style for an authentic community experience. They are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens filled with butterflies and weaver birds. Guests are welcome to relax in the gardens, visit the local community of Kigaragara and explore the craft shop. Ugandan food prepared by local women is served in the restaurant, and in the warm evenings you can relax by the open air bar under the stars.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and open air bar
  • Craft shop
  • Gardens

Room Description

Boomu has seven twin bandas,  one double banda and a building with two triple rooms. All have mosquito nets, electric lights (from a generator) and shared bathroom facilities.
Showers are cold water tanks fitted with a shower head, and are outdoors. Jerry cans of hot water can be provided on request.
Toilets are dry eco toilets.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Village walks
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Basket weaving lessons
  • Bird watching in the gardens or nearby Budongo Forest
  • Chimp tracking at Budongo Forest Reserve

Responsible Travel

  • Boomu has four full-time employees and many part-time staff who benefit directly from tourism. All the money from the community tour and a percentage of the turnover is put into a community fund that finances school books, soap, pencils and porridge for local children attending a nursery created by Boomu.
  • Other projects that benefit from this fund are educational projects, local clinics, water access improvements, and agroforestry initiatives. Community members have also been trained in high-quality blanket weaving, which can be sold to local lodges and hotels.
Price:
  • Banda per person per night 20,000 USH Bed only (approx $8)
  • Camping per person per night 7,000 USH (approx $3)
  • Meals 10,000 USH (approx $4)
  • Breakfast 7,000 USH (approx $3)
  • Community Walk / Cookery Tour / Basket Weaving Demo 15,000 USH (approx $6)
Contact

Tel: +256 772 448 950+256 772 448 950
Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org 
Website: www.boomuwomensgroup.org

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