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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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Margareta F wrote a review Oct 2018
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Very nice place. My son enjoyed to cool himself in the little pool. Beautiful park/garden where wild animals visit also. The lodge was simple but clean and comfortable. Food very good and the service excellent. Only obviously the guides that work from morning to evening are treated differently from other guests. We had to argue to let our friend and guide dine with us and he was served simpler food. This really has a spirit of pure old fashioned colonialism that we cannot accept. I will never stay here again, but no shadow cast on the staff who were really excellent! If the policy changes maybe I will consider it again. For my own travel company I will not send my customers here if this policy will not be changed immediately.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 2 Nov 2018
Margareta F, thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We will address the policies of drivers dining with the owner, however I do know that guests are always welcome to pay for their drivers and guides to dine with them. Many of our guests prefer that their guides and drivers do not dine with them. This is obviously a personal preference per guest, but we always welcome the drivers and guides to dine with the clients as long as their meals are paid for (typically their room and board is a cheaper price). If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to email us directly.
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SMaclachlan wrote a review Aug 2018
Radlett, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
We were in a group of 15 staying in small 2 and 3 bed huts in the grounds. We used the pool, restaurant and the camp fire. Travelled to the Safari park and the falls which were quite close. You have to get used to limited times for electricity and wifi, but facilities a;; worked and we were well looked after.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 4 Sep 2018
SMaclachlan, thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and could "unplug" a bit. Please visit again soon!
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Virginia L wrote a review Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia5 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent a very relaxing two nights in Sambiya Lodge. Firstly it is located in the beautiful and breathtaking Murchison Falls National Park. Being immersed in nature and among the local wildlife gave us a needed break from work and a change of environment. At Sambiya Lodge Debbie and the staff gave us a warm welcome and took care of us and answered all of our questions and arranged a lovely stay for us. The pool was a great place to relax after having seen all the sights in the day. Debbie is a wealth of knowledge of the area and also proved to be a great contact for us with our professional work. Thanks everyone at Sambiya Lodge. Hope to visit again!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 4 Sep 2018
Virginia L., We were so pleased and privileged to host you on your visit to Murchinson Falls NP. We are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable stay and we look forward to your return visit!
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István wrote a review Aug 2018
29 contributions20 helpful votes
This lodge is located away from the busy part of the Murchison NP. It's calm and relaxed with view over the Sambiya river banks where buffalos, baboons and warthogs are grazing, but no mosquitos! Only 15 minutes drive to the falls and 25-30 to the ferry. An economic choice for those who prefer a quiet place. Families are warmly welcome. The rooms are simple, but clean and the refreshing pool is a must after a long game drive. The restaurant offers a variety of local and international dishes. Plus an extra is the very friendly and helpful staff!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 4 Sep 2018
Barta I., We are so thrilled that we could make your stay so special and that you enjoyed the peace and serenity we pride ourselves on. Thank you for the amazing review. We hope you will visit again soon. Cheers!
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Mario B wrote a review Aug 2018
10 contributions3 helpful votes
My two sons and I stayed at the Sambiya River Lodge for three nights. Debbie, the owner, is a great host. She was on top of every detail. The food is excellent and the staff is quite nice. The only con is that the facilities are a bit dated but the rooms are comfortable, clean, and no bug issues. I would definitely recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge
Responded 4 Sep 2018
Mario B, thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope you return real soon. Karibu!
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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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