Accommodation in Murchison, at a glance
The accommodation options in Murchison Falls National Park are split between three locations: the Albert Nile, Paraa and the Victoria Nile, and Kaniyo Pabidi and the Masindi road.
These lodges cater for a range of budgets: from modest, through the mid-range, to luxury. Prices range between $40 to $500 per night.
Which accommodation is right for you will depend on many factors, including your budget, group size, and duration of stay.
Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park
Pakuba Safari Lodge
Pakuba Safari Lodge is the best mid-range option in Murchison Falls. The lodges near to the Albert Nile in the northwest provide the greatest choice of budget options. Of these, Pakuba has the best location.
The three-star suburban lodge is situated on the east bank of the Albert Nile. The lodge is a modern incarnation of the former state lodge that was previously visited by Idi Amin, and its ruins can still be seen. Pakuba is a short distance from the Tangi Gate of Murchison Falls National Park.
After a fast-paced day at the Park, you can cool off in its outdoor pool or sip your favourite tipple at the lodge’s fully stocked bar. You may prefer to sit at your window and take in the scenic wilderness views. Fortunate guests may see animals such as a warthog, or even a giraffe from the lodge.
Paraa Safari Lodge
The most popular lodges are found in the central Paraa area of the Park where the Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert. Paraa Safari Lodge is a large hotel of 54 rooms, and it occupies a prime site on the north bank of the Nile.
Each room has an en suite bathroom, a large window, and a private balcony with captivating views of the winding Nile. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and a free breakfast at its restaurant.
Reconstructed in 1997 out of the shell of the original 1959 lodge, the decor of the lodge is inspired by a former era of exploration of the Nile. Its tranquil outdoor pool appeared in the Hollywood classic, ‘The African Queen’. The lodge is a great option for families or first-time visitors to Africa who want to experience a safari in comfort and style.
Baker’s Lodge is a popular luxury option in Murchison. The south bank of the Nile has an increasing number of small, high-quality options. Named after English explorer Samuel Baker, the lodge provides luxury yet traditional African accommodation and has direct river access.
Opened in 2015, the rooms are generously proportioned, a charming combination of canvas and thatch built out from a communal dining room. As well as offering complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfasts, the lodge provides unmissable views of the Nile. For those wishing to explore the local cuisine, you can even request a delicious bush breakfast.
You can expect to see an impressive range of animal and bird life along the edge of the Nile. Hippos and elephants are often VIP guests on the edge of the lodge’s grounds.
Venturing further south, accommodation is available alongside the main road that runs between Masindi and Paraa. While these lodges do not have Nile frontage, they provide great access to the forests of Budongo, home to a myriad of birdlife and over 600 chimpanzees.
The Budongo Ecolodge, located 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.
The lodge is intimate, offering five comfortable cabins and four large dormitory rooms for larger groups. Its on-site visitor centre is very informative about the local area, and it showcases ancient fossils. The lodge’s craft shop sells handmade gifts to commemorate your stay.
Twiga Safari Lodge
A unique option for travellers who are seeking a unique style of accommodation. Just up the hill from their neighbours Baker’s Lodge, Twiga Safari Lodge provides a contemporary take on a tented camp, combining canvas with solid construction.
Twiga’s mid-range accommodation is a fusion of Safari camping tents and thatched African cottages. Its 8 private cottages are located on the bank of the river Nile in Mubaako Paraa, opposite the Murchison Falls National Park. Monkeys, birds, and even hippos are frequently seen around the grounds of the lodge.
In addition to offering free high-speed Wi-Fi and parking, the lodge has its own restaurant, bar, and gift shop.
Murchison River Lodge
Located on the south bank of the River Nile, Murchison River Lodge is a family-run lodge which offers panoramic views of the Nile and Murchison Falls National Park.
The lodge was established by Chris and Georgie, a couple who wanted to provide quality accommodation for all travellers, regardless of their budget. The staff provides excellent service, including an evening escort from the restaurant to your accommodation since hippos often wander into the grounds at night.
Murchison River Lodge prides itself on its sustainability, and it runs entirely off solar power. The lodge also seeks to empower its local community and the on-site restaurant mainly uses locally sourced ingredients.
Nile Safari Lodge
Situated on the south bank of the Nile, Nile Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly, family-owned lodge which opened in 2017.
The lodge has a unique aesthetic. The accommodation is designed to blend the boundaries between inside and outside, and it seamlessly integrates with its stunning natural surroundings. The lodge was primarily built by expert local craftsmen who used natural materials.
Water is sourced from the Nile and filtered to drinking quality by a UV filtration system. Luxuries such as private fridges are solar-powered, making the lodge perfect for environmentally conscious travellers.
Chobe Safari Lodge
Perched on the north bank of the River Nile, this Five-Star lodge offers sweeping views of the Nile. The lodge offers a wide range of accommodation and guests can choose between 36 charming guest rooms, 21 luxury tents, 4 suites, and a Presidential Cottage.
Chobe’s outdoor pool has 3 tiers, allowing its guests to soak up the scenery from different perspectives. The Karama restaurant offers a delicious menu of local and international cuisines. Its terrace provides a spectacular al fresco dining experience.
The Chobe Health Club and Spa is the perfect place to reflect and revitalise after a day exploring the park.
Travellers are drawn to Murchison Falls National Park for the scenery, so invest in the view from your window. You can enjoy priceless views of the Nile with any budget, but luxury lodges really make you feel like you are staring at a painting.
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