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Paraa Safari Lodge Murchison Falls


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Paraa Safari Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

Paraa Safari Lodge was built in 1954 and lies on the scenic north bank of the Victoria Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park. This two-story, thatch-roofed economy vacation accommodation sits close to Paraa Ferry point, the main river crossing. And long with well-landscaped grounds, it offers budget guests stunning views of the magnificent river in all its glory. Paraa Safari Lodge has a modest country-lodge decor that blends comfort with an old-world charm. Enjoy the ambiance of the lounge, which has a fireplace to keep it warm during the cool evenings.

The lodge has a free-form swimming pool, along with a separate wading section for kids to splash around in. Loungers and umbrellas are set up around the pool and provide comfortable spots to relax in between excursions in Murchison Falls Park.

Key Takeaways

  • Located on the scenic Victoria Nile on the northern bank
  • Well-landscaped property with verdant gardens and lovely views of the river
  • Old-world ambiance with a country-lodge decor that blends elements of the colonial era
  • Lounge with a fireplace for spending evenings in conversation with fellow travelers
  • Swimming pool with loungers and wading pool, and spa for getting massages
Paraa Safari Lodge Murchison Falls Park View

What To Expect At Paraa Safari Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Value Safari Tier 3 Experience. Total of 57 rooms and suites in 5 categories
  • Two-story structures with a balcony or patio housing Standard Rooms and Suites
  • Queen’s Cottage with two bedrooms and a separate living/dining area for families with children
  • Safari Tented Rooms for riverview bush camping experience
  • Ensuite bathroom with a shower area and single or twin vanities
You can spend the duration of your Africa safari holiday in one of the 57 rooming options Paraa Safari Lodge offers. The Standard Rooms and Suites are housed in the two-story motel-like structure and include a patio or balcony that overlooks the pool and the river beyond it. If you enjoy more spacious rooms, consider staying in one of the Suites as it offers a separate living room with comfy sofas and minibar. Mosquito netting covers the beds, while seating arrangements, area rugs, and writing desks add to the comfort of the rooms. Ensuite bathrooms offer a shower area and basic toiletries typical of an economy stayover.

Families on safari looking for a bit more space can opt for the larger Queen’s Cottage, which has two bedrooms and a separate living/dining area. Tourists looking to combine a safari experience in Uganda with a flair of canvas authenticity for their time in Murchison Falls can choose one of the Safari Tents with a closer view of the Victoria Nile River.
Paraa Safari Lodge Accommodation Murchison Falls

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Paraa Safari Lodge On Murchison Falls Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Cruising on the Victoria Nile river to see the spellbinding Murchison Falls gushing out of a narrow cleft
  • Watching various predators and herbivores coming to the river to drink
  • Birdwatching to view some of the 451 species of birds that thrive in the reserve
  • Chimpanzees primate trekking safari in the Kaniyo Pabidi area of the Budongo Forest
  • Option of experiencing river fishing, delta boat rides towards Lake Albert and sunrise-sunset balloon tour
Even as you lounge beside the pool, you might spot some of the wildlife by the riverside. Look out for the Ugandan kob, waterbuck, buffaloes, monkeys, and some of the over 451 species of birds present in this area. Since the lodge is located close to Paraa, the main starting point for game drive trips towards Buligi Game Tracks and boat rides to the falls, going out on safari explorations in Murchison Falls Park is convenient. As you cruise the river to the foot of the falls, you’ll enjoy have breathtaking views of the gorgeous Murchison Falls, with the Victoria Nile gushing with all its might out of the narrow cleft into Devil’s Cauldron below.

Your AfricanMecca assigned safari guide will help you spot wildlife on the outskirts of the bank and when it comes to the water edge to drink. Among the predators are lions and leopards, while large numbers of herbivores will fascinate you with their beauty. Elegant, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, warthogs, buffaloes, oribi, waterbucks, and various others roam the grassy plains. For primate sightings, you must visit the Kaniyo Pabidi area of the Budongo Forest , home to over 600 to 800 chimpanzees and species such as olive baboons and black and white colobus monkeys. Visit the local communities to interact with the native tribes, or perhaps go on a tag and release fishing trip to catch the famous Nile Perch. Other activities include balloon safari, boat tour out towards the Victoria Nile Delta near Lake Albert in search of elusive Shoebill storks (best time to visit Murchison Falls).
Paraa Safari Lodge Safari Murchison Falls Tour

How Is The Dining At Paraa Safari Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Captain’s Table Restaurant on the top floor
  • Selection of traditional Ugandan and international cuisines served buffet-style with BBQ weekends
  • Balcony dining overlooking the river
  • A good choice of vegetarian meals and wood fires pizzas
  • Explorer’s Bar in the main lodge and poolside Bar for ordering drinks
On the top floor with a view of a picturesque river, dine at the Captain’s Table Restaurant with satisfying meals served buffet-style, including both international and local cuisine with vegetarian options. In addition to dining on the balcony or inside the restaurant, you can request to have your meals served poolside on request including wood fires pizzas and snacks. On some weekends, Paraa Safari Lodge offers barbecues on the lawn and entertainment of cultural dancers from nearby villages. Order drinks at the Explorer’s Bar in the main lodge or at the swim-up poolside bar with river views.
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Pros & Cons At Paraa Safari Lodge In Murchison Falls

What We Like About Paraa Safari Lodge

  1. Easily accessible to/from Paraa, the northern hub that serves as a central base for your game drives and boat rides in Murchison Falls Park.
  2. Has a swimming pool with a wading section for kids to play under the supervision of guardians.
  3. Offers breathtaking views of the Victoria Nile across the landscaped gardens and pool.
  4. Serves good Indian cuisine, traditional Uganda dishes, tasty BBQ weekends and wood-fired pizzas.
  5. 4 rooming categories available to choose from. Offers rooms and suites with interconnecting doors and a cottage for families traveling with kids.

Things To Note When Staying At Paraa Safari Lodge

  1. Has a conference room and may become noisy when corporate events are in progress and when the lodge is busier.
  2. Mid-sized safari holiday accommodation with 57 rooms. Not suitable for guests looking for a smaller setting, quiet and personalized safari experience in Murchison Falls Park.
  3. A very old lodge built in 1954. There is need of complete refurbishment to keep up with high modern standards.
  4. Has wildlife like hippos roaming the grounds at night; guests may want to be careful.
  5. Service levels, amenities, and facilities standards are not consistent and variable at times. Not ideal for safari guests seeking deluxe or luxury levels of experiences in Africa.
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When staying at Paraa Safari Lodge in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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