A Legacy of Adventure
Arra Fishing Lodge, founded in 1999 by a group of visionary Austrians - Horst Pirker, his wife, and Martin Richner, started as a modest tented tourist camp with a strong focus on sports fishing. It was a bold undertaking in the heart of Uganda, and the lodge's story is one of adventurous spirit and unwavering passion.
Rooted in the Local Community
Arra Village, where the lodge proudly stands, is a vital part of the Pachara clan's local community. Today, the Opigo family, close friends of the founders, continue to maintain the lodge in honor of Horst Pirker's original vision. This deep connection with the local community brings an authentic and welcoming vibe to the lodge.
Your Journey to Arra
Nestled in the Adjumani District, Arra is approximately 415 kilometers away from the bustling city of Kampala. Accessible from both Murchison Falls and Kidepo National Park, it's just a scenic 5-hour drive via Gulu City. For those seeking a quicker journey, we can arrange convenient road or air transfers from Entebbe or other airfields to Gulu, Adjumani, or Moyo airfields.
A Jewel on the Albert Nile
Arra Fishing Lodge boasts a unique and picturesque location on a rocky peninsula along the Albert Nile, a part of the White Nile. Surrounded by two lagoons and wetlands, it's a birdwatcher's paradise, home to over 200 bird species, including the magnificent Shoebill stork. The lodge also offers spectacular rock formations, breathtaking river views, and an incredibly hospitable neighboring community who lead simple and genuine lifestyles.
An Intimate Boutique Experience
Arra Fishing Lodge is designed as an intimate boutique facility. Our rooms feature balconies that provide you with the perfect vantage point to witness breathtaking sunset views. If you prefer a more rustic experience, we also offer 10 family-sized tents and a camping ground. The lodge's amenities include a refreshing swimming pool, sauna, and steam bath, a well-equipped gym, and a charming beach. The lodge's setting caters to honeymooners and families alike, with several platforms strategically positioned for soaking in the serenity of the winding river and its mesmerizing sunsets.
Adventure Beyond the Lodge
If you're seeking more adventure, Arra is situated just 10 kilometers from Otze/Otce mountain and forest. This area is ideal for hiking, biking, nature and community walks, bird watching, and thrilling off-road drives. For nature enthusiasts, the Zoka tropical forest and East Madi Wildlife Reserve, a mere 50 kilometers away, offer untouched ecosystems teeming with various birds, flying squirrels, primates, impalas, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, and buffalos.
Historical Wonders and Wildlife Encounters
History buffs will appreciate the proximity of Emin Pasha and Dufile forts, established in the 1870s by Sir Gordon Pasha as garrisons. Emin Pasha Fort is a mere 30 minutes away by boat. For wildlife enthusiasts, Dufile animal sanctuary provides habitat to elephants, antelopes, impalas, and primates. This sanctuary seamlessly connects to Nimule Park in South Sudan, accessible within just an hour via the Elegu border.
The White Nile - A Tale of a Timeless River
The majestic White Nile meanders all the way from the Delta on Lake Albert to Fulla Falls on the South Sudan border. In colonial times, this stretch of the Nile was connected by steamer. Its timeless flow is a testament to the enduring allure of the Nile, beckoning adventurers to its enchanting shores.
Arra Fishing Lodge - Where Adventure Meets Authenticity
Arra Fishing Lodge beckons you to an adventure that intertwines seamlessly with the genuine warmth of the local community. Experience the magic of the Congo jungles and the rich wildlife and historical tapestry of this region - all from the heart of Arra. Come, make memories, and let the beauty of this untouched gem change your perception of adventure.