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Sambiya River Lodge

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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.
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Updated 08/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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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
Pool
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
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

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1 Kafu Road, Sambiya Village, Murchison Falls National Park 00256 Uganda
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Pakuba Airport28 kmSee all flights
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Lara N wrote a review Apr 2019
20 contributions2 helpful votes
Me and my friends had a terrible experience there. We arrived at the hotel after a long day visiting the park, and what did we find? There was not hot water, the rooms were really basic with no windows, full of insects and the rooms provided were not the ones we booked (despite of calling two days in advance to confirm the reservation was all right). The people in charge didn’t give us any solution at all, so we just had to stay in the hotel because there was not other options. I understand it is inside of the Natural Park and all that stuff, but paying $150 per room per night is not acceptable for the service and quality they offer. I STRONGLY NOT RECOMEND THIS HOTEL AT ALL
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 1 May 2019
Lara N. We are sorry that your stay was not to your satisfaction. May I ask who you booked through? It seems that you booked through a third party and it is possible that they placed a commission onto your booking. Did you stay in our cottages or in the bandas (which are typically more basic, but they do not cost $150 a night)? It seems that you were not informed properly about what rooms you were booked in and expected something else. If you could please email us and let us know who you booked through that would be very helpful so we can educated them better on our accommodations and prices. We also list all of our prices on the website and so it is always good to check there before booking with a third party. Again we are so sorry that you were disappointed by the accommodations and if we can take it up with the booking agent we can prevent this confusion in the future.
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Dale R wrote a review Apr 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our second stay at Sambiya and the experience was, once again, wonderful. Debbie and her staff are very attentive to their guests and the accommodations were great. Our mission team had been in Lira for a couple of weeks and the time at the lodge was our R&R before heading home. Food was great. The variety of wildlife passing close to the lodge is always a treat. 30 min. to the river for the Nile boat ride or ferry crossing for the AM wildlife tour. This will always be our go-to location and tremendous $ saving over Paraa Lodge. Thanks Debbie! Hope you are recovered from your health challenges.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 1 May 2019
Dale R, Thank you so much for your glowing review. We were so glad that you could return and enjoy Sambiya. We look forward to having you and your group with us many more times. Thank you for inquiring about Debbie - she is on the mend! Karibu!
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Cor Blom wrote a review Mar 2019
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After driving for an hour in the middle of the Uganda jungle, you will find the Sambiya River Lodge. It truly is paradise, with a great environment, atmosphere and friendly people. Wild life is running about and after a great meal you can really emerge yourself with nature by the campfire. Assisted by the staff, they will help you spot curious creatures running about and facilitate you in every way that you like. Visit Sambiya River Lodge if you want to experience Uganda at its best. Secluded, safe and luxurious.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 1 May 2019
Corblom - Thank you so much for your beautiful and eloquent review. We are so grateful when our clients are able to enjoy Sambiya the way we do! Thank you for spending your vacation with us. We do hope you can return again soon!
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Bob M wrote a review Feb 2019
Market Rasen, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed at the Sambiya lodge for three nights 2- 4 of Feb 2019, the Lodge is very handy for the top side of Murchison falls (12 km) and a 30-40 min journey to the ferry and boat trips which take up the Victoria Nile towards the falls or the other way to Lake Albert. I found the accommodation very clean and comfortable the food was also very acceptable and the staff were at all times helpful and courteous, the only negative was lack of wifi but hey do we need it when your in a beautiful place like the Sambiya lodge and your there to escape everyday life and relax
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 18 Feb 2019
Bob M., thank you so much for your review! We are so glad that you found your stay with us clean, comfortable and relaxing - our goal for all guests. We hope you can visit us again soon. Karibu!
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cathy364 wrote a review Feb 2019
Rugby, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
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Everything you could possibly wish for in a safari lodge. Debra and Staff were most helpful & friendly - very genuine people. Right in the Murchison Park with great views, wildlife and all the amenities we needed. We received excellent advice and information regarding safaris, Nile Cruises and where to see animals within the park. We could not have been happier!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 18 Feb 2019
cathy364, Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We are so very glad that we could make your visit to Murchison Falls National Park the best it could be. We do hope you are able to come and visit us again. Cheers
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PRICE RANGE
US$150 - US$271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
sambiya river hotel murchison falls national park
LOCATION
UgandaWestern RegionMurchison Falls National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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