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Murchison Falls National Park

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Directions to Sambiya River Lodge, Murchsion Falls

(Note all below distances and times are approximate)

From Kampala:

Route 1 via Luwero ( 280 kms; approx. 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 (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.

From Arua: (Approx. 170kms; 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.

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.