Featured Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge enjoys stunning views from its location on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. Mweya Safari Lodge is the only lodge within the park boundaries and is a 5-minute drive from the start of the Kazinga Channel boat trips and game drive circuits. Due to its location, the lodge has some resident guests, including a couple of happy hippos, a family of warthogs and a large tribe of mongoose. Guests should be aware that these are wild animals even through they do appear to be well habituated to human presence.

Mweya Safari Lodge is also proud to be a partner in eco-tourism, and recently announced a joint project with USAID-funded STAR project (Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift) to raise funds towards conservation education in schools neighboring the park in the wider area. Guests staying at Mweya can now, upon check in, tick a box contributing one U.S. dollar on their final bill, which will help fund the joint initiative. Coined “1 Dollar for the Future,” the funds collected will help to build a new school and support activities by the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda to educate students on the need for nature conservation to ensure sustainability in the future. Upon completion of the first school, a joint panel will then decide on additional projects for 2012 and beyond.

Mweya Safari Lodge has 49 rooms in total, with 32 standard rooms, 12 deluxe rooms and 2 suites. The rooms are arranged in smaller single story blocks, spreading out in both directions from the central main building which overlooks the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. Three types of cottages of various degrees of luxury are also available. Lodge amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, the Kazinga Restaurant (serving international cuisine), the Tembo Safari Bar, an internet work place and a souvenir shop.

Featured Lodge: Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and luxurious retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.  Situated on privately owned land, it features ten permanent tents, which are built on wooden platforms and stilts and covered by a thatched roof. Each spacious and comfortable tent includes en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, showers, and flush toilets.   Enjoy the tranquil environment surrounding your tent in complete seclusion.  Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest setting, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops. All rooms are nested into a private spot and have a great view.

The main dining area is a large thatched structure built from rocks, the wood of dead olive trees found on the land, and native grasses.  Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond.

Apart from lounging by the pool, watching the nearby wildlife or having a full body massage, guests can enjoy many activities including: boat trips on Lake Mburo, savanna walks either near Lake Mburo or around Mihingo Lodge, game drives, and horseback riding.

In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. All electricity, hot water and water pumps are powered by solar panels and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.

Make a point to visit Mihingo Lodge and Lake Mburo National Park on your next visit to Uganda!  Both are a great stop before or after trekking to see the mountain gorillas.