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Baker’s Lodge

Baker’s Lodge is a luxury accommodation facility deriving its name from an American explorer called Sir Samuel Baker who discounted the Murchison falls

Baker’s Lodge

Baker’s Lodge is located at the southern bank of the River Nile which bisects the country’s largest national park; Murchison falls national park. Baker’s Lodge is a luxury accommodation facility deriving its name from an American explorer called Sir Samuel Baker who discounted the Murchison falls in 1864.

Baker’s Lodge is strategically located on a raised piece of land with the verandas overlooking the might River Nile and the Murchison falls national park. Tourists staying at Baker’s Lodge have access to River Nile and the forest surrounding the area which is home to many bird species as well as wildlife.

At Baker’s Lodge, there are 10 thatched safari suites raised on the ground to enable clients to have a good view of Murchison falls national park and the River Nile. These rooms are self-contained with en suite bathrooms and solar hot water showers, large beds, mosquito nets, and a safe.

Clients at Baker’s Lodge are worked on by well-trained staff with good customer care. There is a bar with hard and soft drinks, a restaurant with delicious local and international dishes, free breakfast, free internet, free parking, and laundry services. For tourists looking for a luxury accommodation facility to stay while in Murchison falls national park, Baker’s Lodge is the best choice.

To stay at Baker’s Lodge during your safari in Murchison falls national park, tourists need to get the dates of the month and year they want to travel and then contact the lodge directly or use a local tour operator. If the rooms are available an invoice will be sent to you to book a certain percentage of the money and your room shall be booked to stay during your safari in Murchison falls national park.

Activities to do while staying at Baker’s Lodge

Chimpanzee trekking: Chimpanzees are close relatives to human beings sharing over 98% of human DNA. Murchison falls national park is one of the few places where chimpanzees can be seen in Budongo forest. Tourists staying at Baker’s Lodge need to be part of the chimpanzee trekking activities in order to see these endangered primates.

The activity takes place in Budungo forest and participants will be driven to the starting point the fact that it is not so close to the park.  The activity which is done in the morning or evening starts with a briefing where trekkers get to learn about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity. Armed ranger guides lead trekkers in the jungle until they meet the chimpanzees.

The search which takes 1-4 hours gives trekkers an opportunity to see different park mammals, primates, and bird species. When the chimpanzees are spotted, trekkers are given 1 hour to be around the apes and this enables them to learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities, and take photos.

Have an exciting game drive in queen Murchison Falls National Park from Baker's Lodge

Have an exciting game drive in queen Murchison Falls National Park from Baker’s Lodge

Game drives: Every traveler staying at Baker’s Lodge needs to be part of the game drive activity where they will get to see different animals that are said to e living in the park. Murchison falls national park is home to over 76 mammals, 13 primates, and 451 bird species most of which can be seen during the game drives.

The game drives are conducted in different areas of the park to enable tourists to see as many animals as they can. During the game drives, travelers staying at Baker’s Lodge will be able to see animals such as lions, buffaloes, duikers, giant forest hogs, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, elephants, giraffes, oribis, leopards, topis, bushbucks, monkeys, olive baboons and much more.

Birding: With over 451 bird species recorded in Murchison falls national park, bird watching is an activity bird lovers shouldn’t miss out on while staying at a baker’s lodge. The activity is done around the bush or in different areas of the park and it does come with opportunities of meeting different bird species with a help of armed range guide, a pair of binoculars, and a birding book.

Birds you are likely to see include giant kingfisher, red-winged grey warbler, rock pratincole, black-headed gonoleck, double-toothed barbet, fawn-breasted waxbill, spotted verreaux eagle owl, black-faced waxbill, grey crowned crane, red-winged grey warbler, northern red bishop, striated herons, swallow-tailed bee-eater, pied kingfisher, Egyptian geese, African shrike flycatcher, African jacana, and African pied wagtail amog others.

Community tours: Tourists staying at Baker’s Lodge who would want to explore the African culture can always be part of the community tours where they will visit different communities around the park. There are so many tribes around Murchison falls national park and tourists will be taken to a closer one to spend some time with the locals, support their business by buying souvenirs, and maybe give some donations to schools if you have any.

Nature walks: Staying at Baker’s Lodge, it’s better you take part in the nature walk activities during your free time in order to see some of the park attractions on foot. The nature walks are done around the lodge or in different areas of the park to see animals, birds, vegetation, and the River Nile. Nature walks are guided by armed ranger guides for security purposes.

Tourists can also do nature walks by hiking to the top of the Murchison falls. This is done to enable tourists to see how the Murchison falls are being formed, River Nile flowing, and the Murchison falls national park together with its attractions. A hike to the top of the falls will give tourists staying at the accommodation facility an opportunity to see the strongest waterfalls in the world.

Hot air balloon safaris: Travelers staying at Baker’s Lodge can be part of the newly introduced activity by Dream balloons where they will have game viewing from the sky. The hot air balloon exercise is one of the fastest rising activities in Murchison falls national park where tourists are flown to the sky to have an aerial view of the park animals, vegetation, Murchison falls, and the River Nile.

Boat cruise: A boat cruise is one of the ways tourists staying at Baker’s Lodge would explore the mighty River Nile. The River Nile passes through Murchison falls national park from Lake Kyoga to Lake Albert bisecting it into two parts. All information about Murchison falls and River Nile will be learned by taking a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.

The boat cruise which is done in the morning or evening hours gives tourists an opportunity to see different animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, and water bird species. The boat cruise will give tourists an opportunity to get to the bottom of the falls and have a good time seeing the Murchison falls.

Getting to Baker’s Lodge

Reach Baker's Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park by air

Reach Baker’s Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park by air

By air transport: The fastest way to get to Baker’s Lodge is using air transport because it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Travelers who would love to use air transport need to book their seats in advance with a deposit paid. Airline companies such as Aerolink Uganda and Bar Aviation Uganda can help you fly to  accommodation facility by boarding flights from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Bugugu airstrip or Pakuba airstrip where you connect to the lodge.

By road transport: Baker’s Lodge is located about 351km from Kampala and this takes travelers 4-6 hours to get to the lodge by road transport. By road transport, travelers from Kampala/Entebbe will drive through Luwero, Nakasongola, to Masindi and access the park using Kichumbanyabo gate to the lodge. Road transport gives travelers an opportunity to see different attractions along the way.

When to stay at Baker’s Lodge

The fact that all clients that stay at this accommodation facility want to explore Murchison falls national park means that the best time to stay here would be the best time to visit Murchison falls national park. Well, Murchison falls national park can be visited all throughout the year but the best time is the dry season. The dry season from June to September and December to February is the best because it has little or no rainfall which favors most of the park activities.

Tourists can stay at this accommodation facility when they visit Murchison falls national park in the rainy season because the lodge will be open. The rainy season occurs from March to May and October to November when the park is receiving too much rainfall. A few travelers visit the park and those who will do so and stay at Baker’s Lodge will get huge discounts on accommodation facilities.

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