Friday, March 4, 2011

Uganda Lodges: Mweya Lodge & Queen Elizabeth NP

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in a fertile, equatorial region and offers beautiful scenery and diverse game viewing. It is Uganda's most popular and accessible savanna reserve, but also boasts leafy rain forests, dense papyrus swamps and volcanic crater lakes within its boundaries. As a result of this varied habitat, QENPhas one of the highest diversity ratings of any game reserve in the world with a total of 95 recorded mammal species and 610 species of birds.

The Kazinga Channel, with its varied range of animals and birds, has the one of the world's largest concentrations of hippo, and cuts through the park connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. The Kyambura Gorge is home to habituated chimpanzees and is a memorable location for tracking these primates. Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring variety of monkey species and flocks of birds and flamingos are resident on the crater lakes. The remote plains of Ishasha in the Southwest are home to the famed tree-climbing lions and other enticing game viewing areas.

Mweya Lodge enjoys stunning views from its location on a peninsula within the heart of Queen Elizabeth NP. The 49 rooms are arranged in single-story blocks spreading out in both directions from the central building. The lodge enjoys views over the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. All rooms are en suite, have a ceiling fan, private verandah and feature colorful Ugandan fabrics and furniture. The lodge offers a swimming pool (with an amazing view), the Kazinga Restaurant, Tembo Bar and a souvenir shop.

Mweya Lodge is an ideal base for a boat launch for hippo and bird watching on the Kazinga Channel. It is also a good stop for an overnight and game viewing while en route to Bwindi for gorilla trekking. Ask Classic Africa Safaris to confirm a stay at Mweya Lodge and a private boat trip on the Kazinga Channel for your travelers.

Photos by Ron Magill, Bob Wenrick and Mweya Lodge.

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