The Only Mweya Safari Lodge Guide You’ll Ever Need

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.

May 5, 2022 - 15:21
The Only Mweya Safari Lodge Guide You’ll Ever Need

Today we get to discover the stunning Mweya Safari Lodge.

Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is almost completely surrounded by water, with a jaw-dropping view of the kazinga channel. The channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward. 


The rooms at Mweya have a bit of a reputation. It is rumored that they were built strategically so the guests can get a view of all sorts of wildlife right in the comfort of their rooms. 

“That's why very many guests are frequenting the lodge, to prove what they have been hearing about.” -our guide said.

For guests seeking the ultimate privacy and exclusivity, the deluxe tent is the way to go. With a generously large air-conditioned bedroom, an oversized bathroom all with a really luxurious finish, the deluxe tent is the perfect choice for absolute comfort.

Queen’s cottage.

It is called the Queen’s cottage because it is more spacious than all the others in the collection. What greets you as soon as you step inside the queen's cottage, are pictures of the youthful queen elizabeth on safari in the very park that was named after her (Queen Elizabeth National Park). It has a large living and dining room, a 41 inch plasma TV screen with DSTV and 5.1 Dolby surround sound. For what you ask? obviously so you never miss an episode of your favorite tv show, even when you are on safari. The bare necessities ladies and gentlemen, the bare necessities. The cottage has an ultra luxury master bedroom, with a king sized bed, an ensuite bathroom, with shower and sunken bath. Also in the cottage is a twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and here's the best part, all these rooms have their own balcony with spectacular views of lush vegetation, rich wildlife and the famous meandering Kazinga channel.

Health club.

We ended our walk at the Moya state-of-the-art health club. The health club has everything you could possibly need or ask for an exercise studio, a hair salon, massage facilities, sauna and steam bath. 

Activities at Mweya safari lodge.

  • Birding.
  • Safari drive.
  • Water safari.
  • Chimpanzee trekking.
  • Katwe explosion crater.
  • Culture talk.
  • Tree climbing lions.
  • Gorilla trekking.
  • Bush breakfast.
  • Pelican point.

Ride on the Hippo.

After settling in, we went to take a ride on the Hippo. 

Mweya lodge is located right on the Kazinga channel, a 32 kilometers stretch of water that divides the park into two sectors. We have the northern section behind us, then the southern section ahead of us. We are in Kyambura gorge, famous for chimpanzee tracking and isasha for the tree climbing lions. 

What are the commonest animals that you intend to see on the hippo boat ride?

It depends on the weather. If it's a really very hot season we will receive many animals here like the African savannah elephant, African cape buffaloes, baboons, hippopotamuses and crocodiles.

For people who enjoy bird-watching, there's a variety of birds that people can see on this boat ride. Queen Elizabeth national  park has about 600 species recorded.

Kazinga fishing village.

We arrived at the Kazinga fishing village. A village that houses natives that coexist with the wild animals.  The fish market is usually crowded with people in the morning.

The main kind of fish that is caught here is tilapia, lungfish and catfish. 

with the Sun setting over the kazinga channel the right back to the Lodge is even more picturesque. No wonder the Queen loved it so much when she visited this park.

The game drive.

The Mweya safari lodge game drive starts at about 6:30 am.

What can you expect to see on the game Drive?

In Queen Elizabeth National Park, there are over 612 bird species and 95 mammal species. Specifically on a game drive, a lot of emphasis is put on finding the cats and this includes lions, leopards and as well as hyenas.

 A couple of minutes into the drive we can catch a site of the famous Uganda Kob. one of Uganda's treasured emblems.

Just 10 minutes more to our drive, we happen to stumble on the pride of lions. They were munching away on what probably was once a Kop. Now that's breakfast for champions.

The crater lake

Further along on the drive I Caught a whiff of something rather unpleasant. A first thought was Lions kill but the further we drove away from the Lions, the stronger the stench.

This Lake is called Lake Nyamunuka. Nyamunuka is the local name and it was nicknamed by the local communities. Nyamunuka essentially means something that stinks, or has a bad smell.

To sum up, we had an action-packed morning. The highlight undoubtedly being seeing the king of the jungle having his breakfast. Honestly Mweya couldn't be better located in the park.

What makes Mweya so special?

Uganda has plenty of lodges and in our opinion, what makes Mweya stand out from the rest;

First of all, the unique setting.  If you take a look at all the lodges in the marass a group, all the lodges have got very unique settings. Mweya is situated on a peninsula surrounded by water. It's an absolute animal attraction. they all come down to the water side. It is really a fantastic location.

Besides that, it's the guest's experience. Mweya is the same as many other lodges: bricks, mortar and provides services. But it's the way Mweya provides these services. it's the experience that the guest has when they come to Mweya.

 One of the highlights and possibly the most attractive activity Mweya has is the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. They have also recently started an activity called Bush dinner. so you get to see the Sun go down, have some cocktails and that's followed by dinner in the bush. 

The facilities offered at Mweya.

When you are at Mweya Lodge, it's not your traditional Bush Lodge if you will. There's a little bit more luxury to the whole aspect. 

There's a variety of room choices that you can go through. The tents are a very popular choice. There are deluxe tents as well as standard tents, which gives you that "you know - in the bush" camping kind of feel, but still with the luxury of a fully equipped bathroom and air conditioning. 

They also have cottage options, with their Queens cottage which is a luxury. Nearly a home on its own. And again, a presidential cottage as well which is pretty similar just in size and look and feel. It is only the presidential and Queens cottages that have TVs in them.

"We don't put TVs in the rooms because it just takes away from the atmosphere. You want to have that Bush sound." - Mr. Costance explains why they kept TVs out of all the other rooms.

Other facilities include; 

  • Swimming pool. Enjoy a cocktail in the Infinity Swimming Pool overlooking the Kazinga Channel. The pool at Mweya Safari Lodge has a panoramic view of the Kazinga Channel, which separates Lake George and Lake Edward.
  • Restaurant and cuisine. Guests may choose to dine indoors in our elegant, formal dining room, or outside on the veranda, where the setting is enhanced by spectacular panoramic views across the Kazinga Channel
  • Business center. Business Service Centre (open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) meets all the needs of the traveling business executive, including internet access.
  • Gift shop. The gift shop sells local East African crafts and souvenirs such as Guidebooks, clothing, and safari essentials. Take something authentic home and surprise your loved ones with a gift from the Pearl of Africa
  • Conference facilities. Imagine your next conference miles away from the hustle and bustle of the choking city. Guests will find a fully equipped, air conditioned conference room and an elegant board-room to service all your business or workshop needs.
  • Mweya information center.Just 100 meters from the Lodge gate, the Uganda wildlife Authority Information Center contains some excellent exhibits describing the national park and the Great Rift Valley surroundings.
  • The tembo bar. The Tembo Bar has a panoramic view overlooking the Kazinga channel and Lake Edward. Enjoy the shimmering sunset over the lake, whilst drinking a wonderful sundowner. The bar verandahs are a perfect place to relax after a day out in the national park.

What makes Mweya standout and different from any other place?

Mweya is not fenced, which sometimes creates exciting nights and sometimes also creates you know nerve-wracking nights.

The animals come onto the property every night. You can have anything from three to five hippos in between the bedrooms every single night, they have the Buffalos and the lion visitors.  lions come onto the property which again makes it breathtaking, but also makes it a bit nerve-wracking to some guests.

One thing you have to do when you stay at Mweya lodge in Queen Elizabeth Park.

one thing you have to do in Queen Elizabeth Park is take the afternoon boat cruise, followed by sundowners and a bush dinner.

How to get to Mweya safari lodge.

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Location & Directions

Mweya Safari Lodge is located in Western Uganda within Queen Elizabeth National Park.

By air:

A less than one hour flight from Entebbe International Airport to the Airstrip at Mweya takes one to the doorstep of the Lodge itself.

By Road:

Mweya Safari Lodge is approximately 420 km from Kampala and involves a journey of some 6 hours taking in a scenic route of rural Uganda.

From Kampala Road branch off to Entebbe Road until the Clock Tower junction where you may join and follow Queen’s Way until you reach Kibuye roundabout. Here take the exit to join Masaka Road and follow the road to Busega roundabout. Take the first junction on your left and keep on driving past the following towns and landmarks:The Equator line, Masaka, Mbarara, Itendero, Bushenyi, Ishaka, Rutoto, Bunyaruguru, Kicwamba, Kyambura, Katunguru Bridge, KatunguruTrading Centre, Katunguru Gate, Kabatoro Gate (the second entrance to Queen Elizabeth National Park)…

Here, where you see the sign post for Mweya Lodge… Take a left and go onto the murram road. Continue driving through Queen Elizabeth National Park until you reach Mweya Safari Lodge.


Mweya is an absolutely breathtaking place and here is why;

  • The stunning views of the gazenga channel from everywhere on the property 
  • The luxurious tents that have a rather authentic Safari finished but are decked out nonetheless 
  • A ride on the hippo from where you can get so close to a variety of wild animals.

Even for the most seasoned of travelers, Mweya Safari Lodge is indeed an absolutely breathtaking place.


For bookings you can contact Mweya safari lodge on

Address: Mweya safari lodge, 99 Kasese, Uganda.

Lodge Landline: +256 392 796773

Lodge Mobile: +256 752 798882

Reservations: +256 312 260260 / +256 312 260261 / +256 414 255992

Email: [email protected]


Or reservations from Kampala;

Address: Marasa Central Reservations

Plot 96-98, 5TH Street Industrial Area

P.O. Box 22827




+256 312 260260

+256 312 260261

+256 414 255 992

Lodge Tel:

+256 39 2796773

+256 75 2798882

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