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Sambiya River Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Sambiya River Lodge is the place to go if you want to visit Murchison Falls. I went there with my wife for two nights. 1st: Debbie, the owner, is really sweet. 2nd: Tony, the cook, is excellent! He makes the best cucumber soup ever; and is pumpkin soup is delicious, etc. 3rd: The whole crew is nice and makes...

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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Sambiya lodge is a wonderfull place. The hostess and staff are very nice and helpful. After a beautiful day in the murchinsonfall park, the pool is really refreshing! It is a good place to chill a couple of days.

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

Claratenhave, Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We do hope you will return soon!

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Location is fantastic for being 15m drive from top of Murchison Falls. We booked this lodge directly with their Kampala office with better rate. Charlotte was super helpful by answering all our queries with all fees we should expect visiting the national park. She arranged a car to pick us up from Ziwa rhino sanctuary and we rented the car...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

cstuff_112, thank you so much for your fantastic review and your suggestions for other visitors! It sounds like you took full advantage of all we have to offer and had wonderful trip. We do hope you will visit again soon. Cheers!

Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The Sambiya River Lodge was a nice experience. The area is invaded by Cape Buffalos every evening, which is amazing. Sitting by the open firepit in the darkness and all of a sudden witness a cape Buffalo (the surrounding area is lit by strong lights) was an experience of a life-time. The only Disappointment was some of the food, other...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

Ludwig K, thank you for your review! We love all our resident animals that come to visit throughout the day and night - it is what makes us proud of the eco-friendly mission we live by. We are sorry that you were disappointed by some of the food. We usually excel at the food offered so if you would not...

Budapest, Hungary
Reviewed 14 March 2017

it was first time traveling in Uganda , so i didn't have any expectation ... Arriving in Murchison was surprisingly very positiv. The reception even didn't ask for our vouchers , we were the only guests :-)) . They just were waiting for 3 tourist . The friendly lady ( the owner ) was always helpful , she was chatting...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

bezse, thank you for your review! We are glad that we helped exceed your expectations of Uganda! Glad you got to meet our owner! She always makes a visit more enjoyable. Please visit again soon. Karibu!

Brno, Czech Republic
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We were traveling in Uganda for 2 weeks with a hired 4 x 4 car and slept in 11 different accommodations. The Sambia River lodge had the most real Africa feel to it. in a beautiful setting mids the beautiful Murchinson park in a thick African bush this lodge appeared like a Fata morgana. Around the cottages beautiful little gardens....

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

vanourkova, we so appreciate your review! You certainly are an expert considering all your travels and what an honor to receive such a glowing review! We strive to offer "the real Africa" and keep our guests connected to the nature around them so we are thrilled that we could do this for you! We do hope you will visit us...

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

7 of us stayed here for three nights. The accommodation is as you would expect for a safari lodge in Uganda, having read some of the negative reviews on here, they clearly are from people that do not understand Safari, safari lodges or life in Africa. While we were there the owner was also there assisting in looking after the...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

Nomatesme, thank you so much for your review! We are glad you had a wonderful visit. Yes, you are correct about the menu and prices. Thank you for understanding and hopefully your enjoyable trip made it worth it! We hope you are able to visit us again soon. Cheers!

Kennewick, Washington
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I travel with a large group (10 or more) and have frequently stayed at Sambiya Lodge. They are always so helpful from making our reservations, a friendly reception, clean rooms with hot showers, delicious meals and helpful tips for activities in the area. In December we were even able to have the pleasure of some local entertainment at the firepit...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

Stacy-NHM-Pajule, thank you so much for visiting us often and for planing to visit again. THIS is what we strive and hope for! See you soon. Karibu!

Bonita Springs, Florida
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Do you want a truly African feel when you are staying in Murchison Falls National Park? Debbie Malik and her crew of friendly and qualified staff are here to make your visit extra special. We arrived around 11:30 p.m. because of getting a little lost and were immediately met and welcomed by Debbie and Wokorach and others. We ended up...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

sbolducs, thank you for your beautiful review! We so appreciate the time you took to write it, but better yet, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and extended your time with us. We do hope you visit again soon. Karibu!

Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Sambiya River Lodge was an excellent place for us to stay for two days. The lodge is so beautiful, close to nature, neat, clean and environmentally friendly with sun panels and so, we enjoyed our stay very much and felt very close to nature. The owner and staff were extremely friendly and very helpful in assisting us with our tour...

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birdlover94, Public Relations Manager at Sambiya River Lodge, responded to this review

YonasGM, thank you so much for taking the time to review Sambiya River Lodge. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we met your expectations. We hope you are able to return and visit us again very soon! Karibu!

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  • Pool
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  • Restaurant
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Family Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. Pleaser see our website for further information. We look forward to welcoming you to Sambiya River Lodge! ... more   less 

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Address: Central Reservations Office | 1 Kafu Road, Kampala, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Murchison Falls National Park
Number of rooms: 40
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Sambiya River Hotel Murchison Falls National Park
Sambiya River Lodge Uganda/Murchison Falls National Park
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“Ask for Cottage 14 though they are all good. This is located near the dining hall and has the best view we were told.”
sbolducs, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The cottages are lovely”
YonasGM, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“each cottage has a great view and a fair bit of privacy...location depends on how far you want to walk to the dining hall”
166janetl, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“look elsewhere, Northside recommended.”
FOL-1003, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“guest house rooms (not cottages) have personal bathrooms”
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