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Sambiya River Lodge

1 Kafu Road, Sambiya Village, Murchison Falls National Park 00256 Uganda
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Sambiya River Lodge
Updated 08/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Sambiya River Lodge is a family run eco lodge in the Heart of Murchison Falls National Park, a twenty minute drive from the top of the famous falls. Situated on a bluff over looking the Sambiya River valley, the property is home to numerous birds, bushbucks, waterbucks, Cape buffalo, leopard, as well as visiting lions & elephants. We have a resident UWA ranger guide to take guests on walking safaris, as well as game safaris on the new circuits recently put in on the southern side of the River Nile. Please see our website for further information. We look forward to welcoming you to Sambiya River Lodge!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili


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1 Kafu Road, Sambiya Village, Murchison Falls National Park 00256 Uganda
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Martin J wrote a review Feb 2020
Braintree, United Kingdom15 contributions
Such a nice place to visit, I had a great time. Good sign posting on the road. Lobby had space and soft chairs after a long day. Room was clean, tidy with everything working in it (such a change from most places I'd been). Bed soft, shower warm with an excellent view over the river.Pool was a great palce to unwind and relax. Views down over the river were good with assorted birds and animals coming down for a drink or graze. Food was well presented and tasted wonderful. (Much better than many places I'd been to. Good location for drives to Budongo, ferry and Murchison Falls. Owner was very helpful with all sorts of things. Sad I only spent 4 days there. It was the best place I stayed in after 13 months in Uganda
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Overlooking the river is good for birds and animals
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Response from , Owner at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 9 Mar 2020
martintj2014, thank you so much for the 5 star review! We are so happy that we were able to make your trip to Uganda memorable and relaxing. It is our best compliment to hear that our clients' stays are above expectations. We do hope you are able to visit us again soon! Cheers!
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Måns D wrote a review Jan 2020
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We arrived at the lodge late evening and were very frustrated/confused because we had been cheated by our travel agency amd lost a lot of money. At Sambiya River Lodge we were welcomed with so much sympathy and helpfulness. They let us borrow their telephone since the park has no service and even gave us advice for future visits and travel agencies. They also offer nice food and have a well priced shop with hand-crafted Would definetly recommend this lodge to anyone staying here for 1 night or even 1 month!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from , Owner at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
m_nsd2020, Wow! What a kind and gracious review. We are so glad that we could offer some calm to your frustrating trip to see us. We are always here to serve our clients and the best rewards are reviews like yours to know that we succeeded in making your visit relaxing and enjoyable. And we are thrilled that you like the little gift shop - it is a labor of love for our visitors as Debbie, the owner, personally hand picks every item that is sold in the shop. Please come back and visit - for 1 night or 1 month. Karibu!
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Mascha wrote a review Nov 2019
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I really enjoyed my stay at the lodge. The owner of the lodge and all employees were very helpful and friendly. They helped me to arrange the game drive, the boatride and even dropped me off outside the Parc where I would be picked up again by my colleagues. The location of the lodge is beautiful and very tranquille. I can really recommend this place!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from , Owner at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
MaschaSing, We are so glad that we could be accommodating and make your visit with us so enjoyable. Our goal is to be a retreat for visitors and add tranquility and calm to what is always an exciting and sometimes hectic visit to Africa! We thank you for the recommendation and review and do hope you can visit us again soon. Karibu!
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Jgh wrote a review Aug 2019
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We were so blessed to be here at this lodge. The little bungalow was wonderful and the staff and accommodations here in the jungle was totally perfect. We even had a heard of buffaloes that hung out in the yard. Such an amazing getaway from everything!!! You will not be disappointed 😊😊😊
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from , Owner at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Jgh14451, Thank you so much for your 5-star review. We are so glad that we could make your stay so enjoyable and perfect. We do hope you can visit again soon. Karibu!
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Holly L wrote a review Aug 2019
London54 contributions35 helpful votes
This was by far our most personable and hospitable experience during our 2 weeks stay in Uganda. So friendly that even the buffalos hang around on some days. Everyone was up early to cook breakfast for us and send us on our early morning game drive - all with a smile. George the UWA ranger was an amazing guide, navigator, storyteller, journey planer and also the best we met throughout our trip. Zinabu is still raving about George to all his friends back in Ethiopia! The food was also very good .. particularly the french onion soup on the first night! Thank you so much for a lovely stay. I thoroughly recommend this lodge and will do to my friends as well.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from , Owner at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Holly L, Thank you so very much for your glowing review! We are absolutely thrilled that we could go above and beyond for you and make your stay a 5-star experience. George loves the fact that Zinabu is still talking about him - George is an institution at Sambiya River Lodge and we know how blessed we are to have such a knowledgeable guide. Thank you so much for the recommendations and we do hope you can return again as well. Cheers!
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US$150 - US$271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sambiya River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Sambiya River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Sambiya River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Sambiya River Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Sambiya River Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sambiya River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Is Sambiya River Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.