Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest (2000sq.km) after Murchison Falls national Park and most popular game park, found in western part of this country extends to have the views of the Rwenzori Mountain shadows the park stands on the Mweya peninsula on the North and Ishasha sector of the climbing Lions on the Southern.
The Park enjoys a breathtaking scenery with a bout 95 species of mammal and remarkable 612 bird species so far counted in the this place, the second highest of any park in Africa and sixth highest of any park worldwide, Mweya Safari Lodge is undoubtedly your perfect destination for a good Uganda African Safari experience. The launch trip along the 38km Kazinga channel connects Edward and George is a doubly a forgettable experience.
From the Lodge in a bout 200meters away, there is the Mweya Wildlife information center over looking the views of famous mountains of the moon and Lake Katwe with exhibits of the surrounding of the park.
The most popular activities in the park is game drives carried in the morning when animals begin their journey to the hiding places and some grazing – a wake up call is booked at the reception and an early warm up tea or coffee are served in the lobby at 6.15a.m, and departures at 6.30a.m. full breakfast is served then after the game drive and a another game drive if one wishes to have it is done on the most beautiful scenic area of the park – the crater area to the Baboon cliff which used to host a number of baboons but is now a ghost land place abandoned by this primates, its an optional to have a another game drive in the evenings, you can have a drive from 4.30p.m. this last for about three hours and there is a small blackboard outside the lobby where animal sightings are recorded daily. Popular sightings include four of Africa’s big five: elephants, buffalo, lions and on a lucky day, leopards. Others include warthogs, water bucks, bush bucks and the handsome Uganda kobs. Another common but unexpected sighting is the elusive Giant Forest Hog – Africa’s largest pig, which is usually associated with dense forests rather than semi-open thickets.
While on a boat cruise one is able to spot a deadly monitor lizard, the size could be mistaken for a young crocodile A nature walk with an experienced ranger guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority enables you to explore remote parts of the peninsula. Bird watching is exhilarating and the sounds are simply alluring in the tranquil environs.
Another major highlight of the Mweya experience is the two-hour Kazinga Channel launch trip, an excellent opportunity to view the channel’s varied and abundant wildlife population including elephants, hippopotamus, buffaloes and crocodiles, not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory water birds. Visitors can also track chimpanzees in the dramatic Kyambura Gorge, 35km away from the lodge on the eastern side of the park. The gorge is also home to other primates including colobus, red-tailed and velvet monkeys and baboons.
North of Mweya Safari Lodge and less than 30 minutes away lies a cluster of extinct volcanoes – Katwe Explosion Craters. The winding 27km crater drive between the main and equator gates provides superb views into numerous craters, some filled by lovely lakes facing towards the Rwenzori Mountains and across the rift valley floor. This visit to the crater can also combine with A cultural visits to the Bakanjo tribes villages, schools, the abandoned salt refinery factories lying idle with not expectation of activities. Easy placer to have time to interact with people here.
In the evenings there is always a Camp fire at the front of the lodge , with some days of traditional entertainment by the local Bakonjo tribe dancing group, this is an opportunity to also relax, see the hippopotamus – which spend most of the day in water come out to graze during the night on short grass come around. In the quite moments of the nights there are sounds of near by Lions who have taken advantage of hunting in the night despite darkness in the Night the guests relaxing here may not be able to see the cats however you are advice to take care and not get excited to be alone in the dark to check on where this animals are you could be the victim of the cat!!!!!!!!!!
For 50 years, Mweya Safari Lodge, which used to be under Uganda Hotels Management was privatized and is now managed by a private entrepreneur is one of the country’s most beautiful resorts, boasts elegant rooms with spectacular lake views, wonderful hospitality and is generally well maintained. In-house activities include a health club and swimming pool with wooden sun decks overlooking the Kazinga Channel, a business center and a gift shop. This great facility is a true justification of Uganda being gifted by nature and one place where every penny spent is worth it.