Places to Stay
Pakuba Safari Lodge
The lodges close the Albert Nile in the northwest, provide the greatest choice of budget options, but only one, Pakuba Safari Lodge is actually within the Park. Pakuba has a great location, on the east bank of the Albert Nile. The lodge is a modern incarnation of the former state lodge, whose ruins can still be seen. It offers great value for money but has little in the way of character and individual style that can make a property special.
The most popular lodges are found in the central Paraa area of the Park where the Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert. Paraa Lodge is a large hotel of 54 rooms occupying prime site on the north bank of the Nile. Reconstructed in 1997 out of the shell of the original 1959 lodge, it is a great option for families or first time visitors to Africa wanting to experience a safari without feeling too exposed.
The south bank of the Nile has an increasing number of small and high quality options. Bakers Lodge is closest to the ferry point and to the shoreline. Opened in 2015, the rooms are generously proportioned, a charming combination of canvas and thatch built out from a communal dining room. Just up the hill, their neighbours, Twiga Safari Lodge provides a contemporary take on a tented camp, combining canvas with solid construction. The recently renovated Nile Safari Lodge has the best views enjoyed from 8 beautifully designed modern thatched bandas.
The furthest south options are found alongside the main road that runs between Masindi and Paraa. While they don’t have Nile frontage, they provide the best access to the forests of Budongo and the myriad of birdlife and chimpanzees found within. The Budongo Ecolodge, 8km north of the Kichambanyobo Gate, is the most popular place to stay. Originally the research station for the Jane Goodall Institute, it has been renovated to provide a pleasant and comfortable base for forest exploration.