Murchison Falls, Uganda
At a Glance
On the banks of the river Nile near Murchison Falls, a hotspot for wildlife
With just ten cottages, Baker's Lodge offers a private and secluded stay
Enjoy a bush breakfast or private riverside dinner for a truly special experience
Traditional, thatched cottages are eco-friendly but provide modern comforts and en-suite facilities
Hike to the top of Murchison Falls and admire the views as you witness the powerful force of the Nile
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Uganda can be visited at any time of year. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May.
To start planning your holiday to Baker's Lodge
Baker's Lodge is located on the southern bank of the Nile, within the large expanse of Murchison Falls National Park. The ten cottages provide fantastic, uninterrupted views of the Nile, and offer the chance to spot a variety of wildlife at its banks.
In north-west Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is the country's largest conservation area, and home to Baker's Lodge. The mighty White Nile bisects the park, and after being forced through the 40-metre drop of Murchison Falls transforms from white water rapids to a peaceful stream leading to Lake Albert. Baker's Lodge sits on the south bank of the river, benefiting from one of the best locations for wildlife viewing, as many animals come here to drink from the waters.
Baker's Lodge is comprised of ten traditional, thatched cottages, and a central lounge area. Each is raised off the ground, and offers uninterrupted views of the Nile, with regular opportunities to spot elephant, hippo and a wide variety of birdlife. All ten cottages have their own private decks, and are well spaced apart to offer guests privacy and seclusion. Cottages are spacious and traditionally decorated with wooden furnishings and locally crafted items on display. An eco-friendly lodge with modern comforts, solar lighting runs throughout, and en-suite facilities provide solar hot water showers, and in some cases, bathtubs.
With such an abundance of wildlife inhabiting this area, Baker's Lodge offers a wide variety of activities and safari styles. Game drives through the grassland north of the river provide a classic safari experience, in 4x4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides offering the chance to spot elephant, giraffe and lion to name but a few. Alternatively, experience safari from the water, in an exciting river cruise. The game viewing is fantastic - you may see animals wading nearby, or even spot the rare shoebill in the Lake Albert delta. Walk to the top of the waterfall for an exciting view, or head out of the park to the nearby Budongo Forest for chimp trekking.
Baker's Lodge has just ten raised cottages, each with uninterrupted river views and a private deck. All have en-suite bathrooms, some of which have bathtubs. Rooms are traditionally decorated in a rustic style, with thatched roofs, and are spread out to ensure privacy and excellent views.
Children are welcome at Baker's Lodge, and some of the cottages are able to take up to two adults and two children.
Meals are taken in the central lodge dining area, which also offers a comfortable lounge and bar. It is also possible to arrange a bush breakfast or private riverside dining for an extra special experience.
There are a range of safari options available at Baker's Lodge. Game drives take place north of the river, with the hopes of seeing elephant, lion and giraffe, to name but a few. River cruises head both upstream to Murchison Falls, and downstream to the Lake Albert delta. Around the delta it is possible to see the rare shoebill, and many animals congregate along the banks of the river. Visit the waterfall, and head to the top of the falls or down to the gorge. Alternatively stay on dry land and try your hand at catch and release fishing, in search of the Nile perch. Around a 90-minute drive away is Budongo Forest, where chimpanzee trekking is possible.
Chimp trekking in Budongo Forest
To the south of Murchison Falls National Park is Budongo Forest, home to around 80 habituated chimpanzee, and the perfect location for adventurous and exciting chimpanzee trekking in a tropical rainforest.
Game drives in Murchison Falls National Park
Explore the northern banks of the Nile in an exhilarating game drive through Murchison Falls National Park. With your expert guide, discover the park's grasslands as you head west and discover the area towards the Lake Albert delta.
Lake Albert delta cruise
Head away from Murchison Falls down a calm stretch of the Nile to the Lake Albert delta. A haven for birders, the Murchison Falls area is home to over 460 species of bird, many of which inhabit and visit the sprawling delta.
Murchison Falls boat cruise
Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the mighty Nile river to the base of Murchison Falls and its spectacular 45-metre drop. Admire the sight of this magnificent force of water, and look out for a wide variety of wildlife on the way!
Top of the falls walk
Hike to the top of Murchison Falls for a spectacular view of the Nile, its rapids, and the immense force of the water being pushed through the falls. Survey the river after its exciting journey, now calm and tranquil on its way to the Lake Albert Delta.
Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Jinja
from £9000 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- An all-encompassing 14-day itinerary, incorporating the very best of Uganda
- Trek with mountain gorilla and chimpanzee in the country's unspoilt national parks
- Witness the force of the Nile surging through the impressive Murchison Falls in northern Uganda
Location & directions
Murchison Falls, Uganda
Baker's Lodge is located on the banks of the White Nile within Murchison Falls National Park, close to Lake Albert. Murchison Falls is in north-west Uganda.
How to get there
8.5-hour international flight from London to Entebbe. Take a scheduled or charter flight to Bugungu or Pakuba airstrips, which are a 20-minute and 90 to 120-minute drive away respectively.