Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, offers visitors an unforgettable experience of luxury in the wilderness.

The Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.

To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.




The Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: take a game drive and discover a vast array of wild game; experience a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel using one of our luxury boats; or watch some of the 619 different species of birds available to be seen. Nearby, chimpanzees can be found in the breathtaking Kyambura gorge - a formation of the natural rift in the earth. Here the ancient movement of tectonic plates has created a natural forest habitat for hippos, monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants and buffaloes.

Need to Know

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

Two routes run to Mweya Safari Lodge from Kampala

They are almost equidistant and each takes about six hours to drive. The Northern route (415km) passes via Fort Portal while the Southerly approach (425km) runs via Mbarara.

The route from the Entebbe International Airport to Kampala is quite direct.

To leave Kampala, follow the Masaka Road (or the Northern Bypass) to the Busega Roundabout on the western edge of the city. If using the Masaka Road, the Mbarara route takes the first exit off the Busega Roundabout. On reaching Mbarara (269km from Busega), pass the town centre and the university before turning right to follow the Kasese road for 122km to the Kazinga Channel. Cross the bridge, and immediately after Katunguru village on the northern bank, turn left to enter Queen

Elizabeth National Park through the Katunguru Gate (2km) and proceed to Mweya Safari Lodge (19km).

The Fort Portal route takes the second exit at the Busega Roundabout before crossing straight over the new Northern Bypass Roundabout. On reaching Fort Portal (273km from Busega) turn left through the town and drive for 99km to the Equator Crossing at Kikorongo. After another 9km, turn right off the tarmac road at a junction signposted for Mweya Safari Lodge and enter Queen Elizabeth National

Park through the Main Gate at Kabatoro (14km). The lodge lies 8km inside the gate.




Morning and Evening Safari drives


The floor of the Rift Valley teems with wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. Game drives are available both morning and evening using Mweya Safari Lodge’s vehicles and knowledgeable drivers.


Night Safari drives


Experience the wild at night and explore a range of nocturnal wildlife that is generally unseen during the day light, even the most frequently seen animals take on an entirely new shape or appearance


Hot air balloon safaris


We offer balloon safaris in in Queen Elizabeth National Park from Mweya Safaris Lodge. The takeoff point is approximately 10 kms from the Lodge, near one of the salt lakes. Maximum capacity is 16 people


Bush breakfast Safari

'The real “ out of Queen Elizabeth National Park”

One of the classic safari highlights, the “bush breakfast” is an experience not to be missed.  Guests are awakened by a very early morning cup of coffee at around 6.30am; they then set off for the bush meal.


Lion Tracking and Monitoring


Travel far from the tourist tracks of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and help a group of researchers monitor the behavior of a resident pride of lions!

This fascinating activity takes you beyond the usual African game drive experience, as you learn how to identify individual lions, distinguish behavior displays, and conduct population viability studies.


Kazinga Channel Water Safari

The 36km Kazinga Channel connects two Rift Valley lakes: Edward and George. These are named after Queen Victoria’s son and heir, Edward VII and his own successor, George V.

Early explorers in Africa often had to cope with inhospitable terrain and travel by boat was especially difficult. Now you can experience the sights and sounds that greeted these early pioneers in luxury and comfort. Cruise the Kazinga Channel and view the immense concentration of hippos at close range, spot over 100 species of water birds, marvel at the majestic elephants in their natural habitat and the notorious Nile crocodiles sunbathing on the channel bank.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The floor of the Rift Valley teems with wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent.

Wildlife on the North Kazinga plains closest to the Lodge includes elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and warthog. Another common-but unexpected-sighting in this area is the Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig, which is usually associated with dense forests rather than semi-open thickets.

The Kasenyi sector on the east side of the Kasese road is best known for the lions which prey on large population of Uganda Kob that live in this area.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Nature walks

This involves walking through a well-developed network of trails, encountering a rich

variety of tree species, plants, butterflies, birds and mammals.

The walk offers incredible views and breathtaking scenery where you will be amazed by the spectacular landscape.

Bird watching

This park has 619 species of birds and is a top destination for ornithologists. Birds in the park include the African skimmer, Chapin’s flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, papyrus canary, shoebill stork, martial eagle, black-rumped button quail as well as the great flamingo.


Enjoy a long cool drink in the infinity pool overlooking the Kazinga Channel, or enjoy the warmth of Africa on the wooden sun deck bar.

Bush breakfast/dinner

One of the classic safari highlights, the bush meal is an experience not to be missed. Have your meal in the wilderness!

Sundowner cocktail and cruise

An essential activity not to be missed! Have your drinks whilst watching the wildlife

against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset.

Water safari

The Kazinga Channel is about 35km long joining Lake George to Lake Edward. The shores of the channel attract large concentrations of mammals, birds, as well as reptiles all year around. Cruising these waters on one of our custom-built boats is a unique and thrilling experience.

Cultural talk

A great opportunity to explore and enjoy the diverse cultural and traditional practices of indigenous tribes in the area, and a unique opportunity to interact with these indigenous

people whose rich cultural heritage extends down the centuries.

Chimp tracking

The guided nature walk in Kyambura Gorge gives you an opportunity to see chimpanzees

and other primates such as black and white colobus, red colobus monkeys, olive baboons, as well as plenty of forest birds.

Tree climbing lions

The area is well known for its population of tree climbing lions. You may see lions sleeping in the trees, cubs climbing for fun and some adults feeding in the trees themselves.

Katwe explosion crater

This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30 minutes north of Mweya Safari Lodge. The winding 27km drive to the crater provides awesome views into the depths of numerous craters, some filled by picturesque saline lakes, some freshwater and others sulfuric that face the Rwenzori mountains and the Rift Valley floor.


. Health Club and Spa

• Swimming Pool with deck over-looking Kazinga Channel

• Pool Bar

• Gift Shop

• Business Centre & complimentary Wi-Fi in certain common areas

• Fully-equipped Conference facility


Each room at Mweya Safari Lodge has a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel. You can watch the forest hogs grazing the grass outside, as well as the odd curious hippo!

  • 32 Standard Rooms
  • 12 Deluxe Rooms with Air-conditioning
  • 2 Suites

The following Cottages are available for those wanting something more special, or for families. Please select the 'Cottages' tab for more info.

  • The Presidential Cottage
  • The Queens Cottage
  • 2 Family Cottages
  • 2 Luxury Tents, 2 Standard Tents

Children PolicyChild Policy

All children are welcome.

Children below 4 years are accommodated free of charge, either in baby cots on request or can share beds with Parents

Children 4-12yrs are charged $68 each to share in Adults room per night, and $103 for each child if they occupy their own room next to Parents room. Kindly advise on the ages of the children if any. 

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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