We had a fabulous stay at the Mweya Lodge. We stayed four nights but could have stayed twice as long and not been bored for a minute.
Our rooms were comfortable. The bathroom was a bit old-fashioned, but perfectly adequate, with an excellent shower.
There are not solid glass windows. In places only mosquito mesh is used. This was a minor problem for a short time when the wind got up and caused the curtains too flap. However, that is a design matter, not a question of poor maintenance as implied by another reviewer.
The food was good - especially breakfast. I liked being able to choose from a buffet in the evening. Dinner was not formal - in fact it was maybe a bit too informal. Some guests turned up in the same sweaty t-shirts, vests and shorts they'd been wearing all day. Is it really too stuffy to expect people to shower and change into something that is clean and does not smell before they come to dinner?
It was lovely being able to sit outside and eat - but this is Africa. Sometimes the insects and birds were a minor nuisance, but there was always plenty of room inside.
The best thing was the wildlife, however. Our rooms had verandahs looking out over the Kazinga Channel and we could sit and look at the hippos, water buffalos and fish eagles.
The game drives were amazing. You do have to work a bit harder at spotting the game than at some parks, but the upside is that it is much quieter, and you're less likely to be disturbed by a fleet of other trucks when you do find something interesting.
We found leopards twice - the second time we were able to spend 20 minutes watching a mother and her two cubs at close range. We also found lions twice, a pack of hyenas and no end of elephants, hippos, buffalo, water buck and Ugandan kob.
If you're going to Mweya makes sure you have plenty of time to take leisurely game drives. Some people rush in one day, and back out the next - hoping they'll bump into something exciting en route. Don't do it that way!
The hotel staff were very helpful, and they're well geared up for morning game drives. Tea, coffee and muffins are available at 6;15, and you can then head out for a few hours and still have a good breakfast when you get back because breakfast is served till 11 am. You can then lounge around in comfort till late afternoon, and have another drive before it gets dark.
The boat trip was excellent. It lasted two hours, and we got up very close to the hippos and buffalo, saw an unbelievable number and variety of birds, and even a couple of small crocodile which have recently made a comeback to the area after being missing for thousands of years.
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- Also Known As:
- Mweya Safari Hotel Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Hotel Mweya Safari
- Mweya Safari Lodge Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park