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Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park

From luxury lodges on the banks of the Albert Nile, to eco-lodges nestled deep in the Budongo Forest, there’s no shortage of great accommodation in Murchison. Our favourites are those that capture the best of the Albert Nile’s magic, combining the best views, wildlife,and activities.

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

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.

Budongo Ecolodge

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.

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