Sambiya River Lodge

3.0 star property
Riverfront hotel in Karuma with outdoor pool and restaurant

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Sambiya River Lodge

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Bar (on property)
Front of property
In-room safe, desk, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
Room service – dining

Overview of Sambiya River Lodge

8.0 out of 10 Very good
8.0/10 Very good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Restaurant
Sambiya Village, Murchison Falls National Park, Karuma
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

Royal Cottage

  • 35 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Deluxe Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Single Beds

Deluxe Cottage, Garden View

  • 35 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Large Single Beds

Standard Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park

Getting around

  • Pakuba (PAF) - 71 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Sambiya River Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Karuma, Sambiya River Lodge features an airport shuttle. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. A terrace and a garden are other highlights.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 26 rooms


  • Check-in time from noon until 6 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property is located in Murchison Falls National Park. The additional mandatory fee covers entrance to the national park.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast (surcharge) each morning 6:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Safari nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Fishing nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • 20 on-site accessible parking spaces
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Accessible bath
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laundry detergent

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Furnished patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free newspapers
  • Printer

Food and drink

  • Chef
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant specialises in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • City/local tax: USD 1.0
  • Additional fee: USD 40 per person, per stay

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 25 for adults and USD 20 for children
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; masks are required in public areas.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a security system and a first aid kit on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Sambiya River Lodge Hotel
Sambiya River Lodge Karuma
Sambiya River Lodge Hotel Karuma

Frequently asked questions

Does Sambiya River Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Sambiya River Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Sambiya River Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Sambiya River Lodge?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Sambiya River Lodge?
You can check in from noon - 6 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Sambiya River Lodge and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Additional recreation nearby includes game drives, game viewing and safari tours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Sambiya River Lodge?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers local and international cuisine.
Does Sambiya River Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Sambiya River Lodge like?
Sambiya River Lodge is located by the river. Popular attractions include Murchison Falls, which is 25 minutes away by car.



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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful grounds if u love nature. Staff available and have good customer care. Overall was a great stay. Highly recommend.
Lydia, 2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Customer service is top notch. All staff were very nice. Place is clean, my daughters especially enjoyed the experience of an out side shower. Food was delicious. I will definitely recommend this place and plan to go back.
Gerald, 2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Best value for a wilderness lodge!
Blows the similar competition away for price when booked with Expedia. Comfortable and quiet, and great staff. Three complaints, but not deal breakers. The solar showers only provide hot water around midday. Morning showers are cool. The internet only comes on at meal times - and then off the rest of the day and night. Not necessarily a bad thing though. But last week, for the first time the water smelled strongly of iron rust. Probably the solar heater needs to be cleaned.
Peter, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Non avevano la prenotazione
L’hotel non aveva contezza della prenotazione da me effettuata con expedia all’inizio di maggio per agosto, cioè 3 mesi prima. Arrivata nella struttura dopo un lungo viaggio, alla reception sono cascati dalle nuvole! Nessuna prenotazione a suo nome signora!! Hanno detto che expedia non ha mai comunicato loro del mio arrivo! È colpa del sambyia river lodge o di expedia? Ancora oggi non lo so! Certo che d’ora in avanti non potro più fidarmi di expedia! Per fortuna alla struttura avevano posto e dunque la stanza mi è stata data lo stesso, se no non so che fine avrei fatto, nel mezzo di nulla. Per il resto l’hotel è piuttosto “run out” si vede che ha conosciuto tempi migliori, comunque passabile. Personale gentile, buona la cena
2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Midden in Murchison Falls NP
mooi Lodge Park. De eigenaresse bleek er niet te zijn waardoor het personeel wat minder hard en enthousiast aan het werk was (voetbal was interessanter dan ons naar onze lodge brengen; ivm veiligheid vanwege wild in het park). Het is absoluut een mooi park op een prachtige locatie (al zit je aan de "verkeerde kant" van de Nijl voor een Safari. Als je het pontje wilt halen dus extra vroeg uit de veren ;-) Eten is er redelijk goed maar wel aan de prijs. Vlak bij de Nijl zit Camping Red Chilli; heerlijk eten voor weinig (zowel lunch als diner). Leuk hip gezellig personeel. Sambiya River Lodge is mooi en goed maar wel heel erg duur!
2-night trip
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