Location & Directions – Sambiya River Lodge
Murchsion Falls National Park

Coordinates

  • North 2º 10′ 53.9″ – 2.181649
  • East 31º 41′ 55.5″ – 31.698737
  • Altitude 730m

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Note all below distances and times are approximate

Directions from Kampala

Route 1 via Luwero
Approx. 280 kms – 4-4 ½ hours

From Kampala take the Gulu road north through Bombo, Luwero and past the left hand turn to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The Kafu River is approx. 10kms. (Note: This road is being worked on. Expect numerous speed bumps and one way traffic in spots.) Just after crossing the river, make a left hand turn at the intersection going to Masindi (45kms). This is a new road, so there should be no delays. In Masindi, just after the police station and before the Masindi Hotel, across from the Shell fuel station is a murram road with various signposts, including one for Sambiya River Lodge (SRL). Turn right onto this road and drive 6 kms and then turn left (SRL sign post on the right before the turn off) towards the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Drive 14 kms to the Kichumbanyobo Gate. Drive north a further 52 kms and just pass the Rabongo turn off, cross the Sambiya River and turn right into the Sambiya River Lodge entrance.

Route 2 via Hoima
Approx. 330 kms – 5 hours

From Kampala take the scenic road (lush, rolling hills, papyrus swamps to Hoima through Kasubi. Before the curve to enter Hoima, take the right hand turn onto the murram road going to Masindi (57 kms) through sugar cane plantations and small scale farms. After the Masindi Hotel and Shell fuel station turn left at the first murram road with various signposts, including one for Sambiya River Lodge (SRL). Drive 6 kms and turn left (SRL sign post on the right before the turn off) towards the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Drive 14 kms to the Kichumbanyobo Gate. Drive north a further 52 kms and just pass the Rabongo turn off, cross the Sambiya River and turn right into the Sambiya River Lodge entrance.

Directions from Arua

Approx. 170 kms – 3 hours

Take the Pakwatch road and after the big bridge turn right and enter the Park through the Tangi Gate. Drive 25 kms to the Paraa ferry crossing (check with Park officials at the gate for the correct times of the ferry crossings). From Paraa Drive 23 kms south (do not take the right hand turn to Bugungu). Just down the hill after the left hand turn off that goes to the top of the Falls, turn left into the Sambiya River Lodge entrance.

Directions from Gulu

Approx. 150 kms; 2 ½ hours

One could enter Murchison Falls National Park through the Wankwar or Chobe Gates, drive through the Park and cross the Nile on the ferry at |Paraa (check with Park officials at the gate for the correct times of the ferry crossings). Drive 23 kms south (do not take the right hand turn to Bugungu). Just down the hill after the left hand turn off that goes to the top of the Falls, turn left at the Sambiya River Lodge entrance.

Alternatively, drive south on the main road leading to Kampala, past Karuma Falls to Kigumba (approx. 130 kms), and turn right. Drive 40 kms to the Murchison Falls Conservation Area turn off (asign posted T junction) 6 km before reaching Masindi. Turn right and drive 14 kms to the Park, Kichumbanyobo Gate. Drive north a further 52 kms and just pass the Rabongo turn off, cross the Sambiya River and turn right into the Sambiya River Lodge entrance.

GPS coordinates of Sambiya River Lodge

Sambiya is ready to welcome visitors, with their safety in mind.
Please email for reservations or call the Lodge direct, 0465-423174*, or managers (0776-326991 or 0776-577833), as the reservations office in Kampala has been closed due to COVID.

*Note this line is unreliable and voice quality low, especially after heavy rains in the area

Happy Sambiya River Lodge guests are speaking up on Tripadvisor

Restaurant Sambiya River Lodge
Our best lodge experience!

We were amazed to experience this level of confort while truly feeling in contact with nature. A buffalo family lives in the garden and you can see wild animals when relaxing near the pool or enjoying a wonderfully cooked dinner. The safari guide working with this lodge was by far the most interesting we met during our trip and everything felt perfect, including the incredible gift shop Debby provides with handcraft from Kenyan and Ugandan markets.

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Reception Sambiya River Lodge
SPLENDID CUSTOMER SERVICE & GREAT FOOD!

After a long drive in the park, Sambiya River Lodge felt like home! Haven’t seen a lodge in the middle of the park that welcomes you with an ice-cold glass on Juice!
I was amazed by the ambiance, the rooms are clean and the chief is amazing!
I recommend the green pea Soup!

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Scenery Murchison Falls National Park
Great choice in Murchison

Stayed here for 2 nights and it was everything we needed. The rooms were well kept and clean and the food at night was fantastic too. They took great care of us here. One thing to note is that electricity is only from 7-10pm so plan accordingly. It didn’t really bother us because it is such beautiful surroundings and by night time we were all exhausted anyways!

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