Murchison River Lodge: The Lowdown

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Murchison River Lodge is a lovely family-run mid-range option situated just outside Murchison Falls National Park on the banks of the River Nile.

What’s Murchison River Lodge really like?

The lodge itself is suitably charming, rustic and low key. The main restaurant and bar sit right above the water, with the rooms tucked back amongst the grass and papyrus behind. In the restaurant you’ll be served wholesome, warming home cooking. There’s a pool for a dip on a hot afternoon (with wifi in the area around the pool) and a firepit for evening star-gazing. We’d stress that you shouldn’t come expecting impossibly slick service, but for friendly smiles and fantastic location, this is a good bet.

River Lodge’s four thatched cottages are set back from the water and built on two levels, with a double bedroom on the mezzanine upstairs overlooking a twin downstairs (the bathroom is also on the lower level). Given the layout, we think these would work well for families or a couple together rather than two couples.  A little cheaper are the safari tents, all under thatched roofs to provide shelter from the worst of the sun- these have ensuite bathrooms too, though it’s important to know that in the tents closest to the river itself there are chemical loos. In both the cottages and the tents there is solar lighting and hot water, but there are no fans or a/c- this is an authentic bush experience! As you are right out in the wilderness, it’s not unknown for hippos to venture into camp after dark- for this reason we would strongly recommend taking one of the friendly guards (with a torch) to escort you to and from your tent after dark.  There is also a small campsite to the rear of the property.

What can I do at Murchison River Lodge?

Our guests who stay here will normally come as part of a driving safari through Uganda, heading in and across the river to the park each day on game drives with their driver-guide. There’s also the chance to try some fishing, take boat safaris to hunt for shoebill storks, and or up to falls themselves. Or, if you are feeling fit, a hike up to the top of the falls is a great way to stretch your legs.

Giving back at Murchison River Lodge…The lodge has really committed to making a positive impact on this lovely corner of Uganda– many of the staff are local, trained at the lodge and the power is solar (even the freezers run off solar power!)

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