Why We Like This Lodge
- Splendid Location: Not only does this open-frontend lodge have panoramic views of the Sambiya River, leopard country, and the surrounding green hills, it is also situated just 20 minutes from the top of Murchison Falls, making it the perfect base to start any adventure.
- Fantastic wildlife viewing: Set overlooking the Sambiya River, guests can observe wildlife from the comfort of the veranda, as they have a drink from the river. At night, the river is illuminated by floodlights so that you can see the park's nocturnal animals too, while you enjoy your dinner.
- Great selection of activities: Sambiya Lodge offers several activities, past guest favourites include: fishing for Nile perch, hiking to the falls, game drives, nature walks, and chimpanzee tracking in the nearby Budongo Forest Reserve.
- Ugandan Hospitality: This lodge is known for its impeccable customer service, welcoming staff and excellent food, so if you want to experience the pure Ugandan hospitality, this is the place to stay.
- Eco-friendly: Sambiya prioritizes being kind to its surrounding environment by relying on solar power, local materials and reducing waste.
20 secluded thatched-roof bandas with private bathroom and verandas are perfect for those who want a little luxury and privacy on their travels through Uganda.
However, if you are travelling on a budget, you can choose from 12 cheaper bandas, 9 of which are self-contained, and 3 with shared facilities.
Sambiya River Lodge has a restaurant and bar that serves a blend of international and regional dishes, emphasizing local produce, in line with their eco-friendly ethos.
The swimming pool and thatched veranda are great for escaping the afternoon sun, while the communal campfire at night allows you to swap tales of the day's adventures, with a cold drink in hand, in true safari style.
Due to its superb location, Sambiya River Lodge is the perfect base for exploring Murchison Falls National Park.
Located only 20 minutes from the top of the falls, you are in prime position to hike to the top of the falls or take a relaxing river cruise down the Nile.
If you fancy something a little different, fishing for Nile perch is a popular activity with guests who stay here, or you can go trekking to see the chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve, which is only a 45min drive away.
Early morning game drives are highly recommended with their resident UWA guide, who is a great storyteller and very knowledgeable on the park's wildlife.
Our Most Popular Uganda Trips
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
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Classic Gorilla Fly-In Safari
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Climbing Margherita Peak
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- 8 Days
Gorilla Treks & Lake Retreats
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- 12 Days
Luxury Gorilla Fly-in Safari
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- 4 Days
Luxury Northern Explorer
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Murchison and Kibale Driving Safari
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- 7 Days
Safaris & Gorillas of Uganda
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- 12 Days
Snow Capped Peaks & Mountain Gorillas
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- 15 Days
The Very Best of Uganda
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- 20 Days
Uganda's Epic Southwest
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Ultimate Gorilla Experience
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