Highlights of Baker’s Lodge
- Located on the southern bank of the Nile River, Murchison Falls National Park
- Game drives, bush walks, bird-watching and community projects
- An intimate accommodation with only ten luxury en suite units
- Eco-friendly, and with flush toilets and running water
- Children and families are welcome
- Fishing for the Nile Perch
- Chimpanzee tracking in the Budongo Forest
Baker’s Lodge, on the south bank of the mighty Nile river which transects Murchison Falls National Park, is a newly-built upmarket safari lodge with direct river access. It is a sister camp to the well-respected Ishasha Wilderness Camp and is in a similarly beautiful setting with large shady trees and wetland areas hosting abundant birdlife along the water’s edge. The views onto the river are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing and pods of hippos regularly viewed.
Baker’s Lodge has six stand-alone cottages which have been built on stilts to take advantage of the cooling breeze. Each has its own deck and a good river view. The large, airy en suite thatched cottage have netted windows with opening options, customized solid wooden furniture, extra large beds, hanging mosquito nets and especially selected locally crafted items for the accessories. The en suite bathrooms are open plan with solar hot water showers and baths with a view in some units. Solar lighting complete the services for this eco-friendly but top quality lodge.
Meals and convivial pre- and post- safari chat are found in the thatched central lounge, bar and dining area which is raised with wooden decks all around allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening and 180 degree river views.
Activities at Baker’s Lodge
The camp name honours the 19th century English Nile explorer Samuel Baker who was the first European to view and give a European name to the Murchison Falls, a little further upstream. Naturally, one of the activities at Baker’s Lodge is a cruise upstream to view the spectacular waterfalls. Equally popular is the cruise downstream to the Lake Albert delta. Game viewing along the riverside is prolific as well as birding including the possibility to see the unusual shoebill stork found in some areas of the delta.
4×4 game drives are offered on the north bank of the River Nile, with good chances to see lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, antelopes as well as birds and other smaller mammals. Game drives and boat trips can also be combined to make a longer safari activity.
Guided tours to the top of the falls area for walks in an around, or down to the gorge are on offer. In nearby Budongo forest, chimpanzee trekking is possible and guests can take guided forest walks.