PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE
PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE, MURCHISON FALLS N PARK
Pakuba Safari lodge is a mid-range and budget accommodation located at the bank of Albert Nile in Murchison falls national park, North western Uganda. It’s located at the extreme northern side of the park near the Tangi gate. The lodge provides splendid views of the Nile and cool breeze from the albert Nile.
Pakuba Safari lodge has 41 double/ twin/ triple rooms and 4 family rooms having interconnecting doors for easy access to the next room and these are suitable for families with children. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, flashing toilets, comfy beds, ample charging points, a reading corner, mosquito nets and a closet. All rooms are thatched and comfortably furnished to meet the requirements of each visitor, they also have private balconies and verandas where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the park.
Pakuba Safari lodge offers other services like laundry services, swimming pool, ample parking space, free Wi-Fi that can be accessed in every corner of the lodge, business center, conference hall with 50pax sitting capacity that allows enough space to do business discussions, crafts shop with African style crafts, healthy fitness center and a terraced room with a fireplace to keep visitors warm.
Different wild animals come to the lodge so if fortunate enough you can spot many animals from your cottage like warthogs, baboons, waterbucks, leopards, antelopes and sometimes giraffes. The lodge has an African crafted restaurant which serves both local and continental dishes. The meals will keep you craving for the next dish. Pakuba also has a bar with a spacious lounge where all types of drinks can be got be it local or imported and the lounge also has a TV to keep you in touch with the rest of the world and its near Pakuba airstrip for those who wish to jet in by domestic flight.
Activities that can be carried out while at Pakuba Safari lodge are game viewing safaris in the park since it’s the starting point for all game drives, Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest, bird watching, hiking to the top of the falls and sports fishing at the Nile.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
The Falls lie in the largest protected area of Uganda being part of the greater Murchison Falls conservation area. This includes the Budongo Forest which spreads for miles and miles and is yet to be explored. The broad stretches of the River Nile are squeezed into a narrow gap of the Rift Valley Gorge and the water roars through the narrowed gap creating the most spectacular falls in East Africa.
Daily boat cruise / launches from Paraa take visitors along the river shore and sightings of Hippos, crocodiles and all types of waterbirds including the shy shoebill, are generally plentiful.
The entire park lies lower than most of the other tourist areas in Uganda and is accordingly much hotter at certain times of the year.
North of the river, elephants are seen frequently but not in the numbers of the 1960s when herds of up to 500 were reported and the area was considered to have the highest density of elephant in Africa. All the wildlife has increased significantly in numbers since the 1990s and the park has a good, recovering population of Rothchild's giraffe (scarce anywhere else in Uganda). There are good numbers of Uganda Kob, buffalo, Jackson's hartebeest and warthog.
The vegetation in this area consists mainly of long grass interspersed with borassus palms, riverine woodlands and acacia trees (hence the giraffe).
South of the river the vegetation is mainly denser woodlands. The Budongo Forest includes the forest reserves of Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi. This is a premier area for bird watchers and has the most varied forest fauna in East Africa. Of particular note is what is known as the "Royal Mile", the stretch of road connecting Nyabea Forestry College to the main research station and thought to be the best single birdwatching site in Uganda. Some of the more unusual bird species include the yellow footed fly catcher, ituri batis, lemon bellied crombec, white thighed hornbill, black eared ground thrush and chestnut capped flycatcher.
There are around 800 chimpanzees reported in the area and one of the best Chimpanzee tracking sites in Uganda is found in Busingiro. Other primates found in the forest include red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, potto and various galago species. The forests are also a first class area for tracking down the 250 butterfly species for which Uganda is famous.
Specialist guides are available for trips to see the butterflies as well as the 465 plant species found in the forest.