Located in western Uganda, in Queen Elizabeth Park, and set on a ridge overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, Mweya Lodge is known for its setting, its scope and its wildlife.
Recently overhauled, Mweya is large, more like a hotel than a boutique lodge, and will appeal to travelers whose needs include all the amenities found in hotels – television, internet facilities, meeting rooms. The forecourt is dominated by a huge elephant sculpture, and the main lodge – peaked thatch roofs, polished floors, African patterning – is a mixed material construct, and consists of reception, a bar, lounge, restaurant and souvenir shop. On the whole, feedback has been consistently good with regards to the service, and the food at Mweya Lodge is varied, excellent and beautifully presented. Outside, the grounds are extensive and slope down towards the lake. Much is made of the gardens’ family of habituated mongooses, and of the birdlife. Overlooking the lake, and served by a bar, the pool here is incredible.
Wonderfully positioned, the en-suite rooms, which range from the Presidential Cottage to standard twins, all have balcony views of the lake. The bedrooms themselves are perfectly functional. In some, bright African patterns sit a tad uncomfortably against what is fundamentally a neo-colonial style. In others, the mood is less playful, and the art and furniture choices create a more unified effect.
Activities at Mweya Lodge include boat trips, game drives, bush walks and bird watching.