Sambiya River Lodge Rates


Cottages (20)

The twenty thatched cottages include either one or two bedrooms with twin or double beds. Each of the 26 bedrooms has its own private bathroom facilities as well as a veranda from which guests can relax and enjoy the tranquility of Africa.

Bandas (12)*

For clients seeking low-priced accommodation, Sambiya offers twelve thatched bandas: 9 self-contained bandas (2 triples, 4 twins & 3 doubles) and 3 non self-contained that share bathroom facility blocks.

* Banda is a Swahili word for hut, shed or thatched house. They are basically small, simple, budget accommodation facilities.

Cottage Rates


Bed & Breakfast Half Board Full Board
Double / Twin US$ 105 US$ 118 US$ 130
Single US$ 149 US$ 160 US$ 172

Prices per person


Bed & Breakfast Half Board Full Board
Double / Twin US$ 99 US$ 112 US$ 124
Single US$ 137 US$ 150 US$ 162

Prices per person

Cottage Rates Children sharing

  • 0-2 years Free of charge, food as required, payment to be made directly with the lodge.
  • 3-7 years 50% of parent
  • 8-12 years 75% of parent
  • 13+ as adult
  • Children in their own room pay 75% of their parent’s rate per child.

Banda Rates

Single Double Triple
Non Self Contained *¹ US$ 55 US$ 50
Self Contained *² US$ 75 US$ 60 US$ 55

*¹ – shared bathroom facilities
*² – self contained Banda’s have solar water heaters for the showers
Prices per person – Bed & Breakfast only
Residents & Non-Residents pay the same

Additional meals for guests can be paid directly to the lodge.

  • Lunch UGX 40,000
  • Dinner UGX 45,000
  • Buffet dinner UGX 50,000 (when we have large groups)
  • There is a children’s menu and snack menu available for lunches and dinners for children under 12, for those who do not want a complete dinner.

Bandas Rates In Uganda Shillings – Children Sharing

  • 0-3 years free of charge, food as required
  • 3-4 years UGX 60,000 per child / BB
  • 5-7 year UGX 80,000 per child / BB
  • 8 – 12 year UGX 100,000 per child / BB
  • 13+ as adult

Courier Rooms

  • Single US$ 64 – Pay for lunch, dinner as required


Swimming fee for Non Residents:

  • Child $5
  • Adult $8


Accommodating Children at Sambiya River Lodge

Family cottages are available, which consist of two rooms with an interconnecting door. The first room contains a double bed and the second room, two twin beds. We recommend families with two to four children to take this option. If family cottages are booked, full rates are applicable.

If there is a request for additional beds to be added in the rooms, ONLY ONE camp bed and/or baby cot is allowed per room since the rooms are not large enough to accommodate a third full size twin bed. Mosquito nets are provided over double and single beds, as well as baby cots. It is now possible to fit mosquito nets over camp beds.


Reservations will be acknowledged at the time of booking, but only confirmed upon receipt of prepayment or deposit. This can be done on a cash or Visa credit card basis in person at the Central Reservations office in Kampala or through a bank or wire transfer (for out of country or up country clients). Non-confirmed bookings will be cancelled without prior notice as other confirmed reservations are received by the Sambiya River Lodge booking office in Kampala. All clients must present an accommodation voucher issued by the Afri Tours office or proof of money transferred via a banking institution, at the time of check in at the Lodge as proof of a confirmed booking.


  1. Guests in the Bandas and Courier Rooms will pay for bed and breakfast. Packed lunches can be ordered; lunches and dinners can be ordered from the Lodge Snack Menu or from the set menu for the day, all of which will be paid direct to the Lodge.
  2. Sambiya River Lodge now also offers camping facilities.
  3. Rates are subject to change without notice.
  4. All rates are inclusive of UWA franchise fees, VAT & local government tax.
  5. Corporate rates applicable when booking direct and subject to confirmation from organization.
  6. Christmas holiday will begin December 21th 2020.
  7. We do not accept US$ notes older than 2009.
  8. Creditcards (Visa and Mastercard) are currently not accepted at the lodge since our internet connection is down.

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

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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 herd of buffaloes that hung out in the yard. Such an amazing getaway from everything!!! You will not be disappointed 😊😊😊

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The best hospitality and customer service in Uganda

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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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 an Ugandan markets.

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