Nile Safari Lodge strikes a perfect balance between tranquil comfort and being one with the African bush. Nestled into papyrus thickets on the southern banks of the mighty Nile River bordering Murchison Falls National Park, each of the charming wooden cottages and luxury safari tents – all with a private balcony suspended over the river – is positioned for maximum privacy and to make the most of the spectacular views. Nile Safari Lodge prides itself on providing an authentic, responsible African bush experience without disturbing nature: solar-powered lighting, water-saving ‘bush’ showers and airy rooms designed to naturally control ambient temperature let you enjoy the magnificent wilderness environment in its natural state.
Serenity is guaranteed – although expect a cacophony of wildlife sounds, from the snorting of hippos and calling of frogs to the dawn chorus from hundreds of weaverbird nests; loud splashes come from giant Nile crocodiles and from the elephant herds that wade through the papyrus islands as they feed, while vervet monkeys leap through the trees.
Accommodation options include five twin safari tents and five twin, double or family cabins, each with a wooden balcony, flush toilet and secluded outdoor shower with hot water on request where you have the pleasure of bathing under the open sky. The Shoebill campsite is an option for guests who bring their own tents.
Cool off at the swimming pool with its spectacular river views, or spot game and watch the Nile flow past from the comfort of the expansive, tree-shaded wooden deck. Enjoy refreshing cocktails at the Tamarind Bar before gathering around the glowing campfire as the stars of the night sky emerge. Delicious meals are served in the open-sided restaurant, or dine on your private balcony. A bush dinner served on the banks of the River Nile makes for a truly exceptional occasion.
Murchison Falls National Park offers one of Uganda’s most memorable game-viewing and birdwatching spectacles. The 460 confirmed bird species include the sought-after shoebill and the grey-crowned crane. With elephant, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, lion, jackal and bushbuck just some of the park’s residents, game drives through the vast savanna are richly rewarding, as are boat trips to the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile plunges 40 metres over the remnant rift valley wall.