Set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzori, this 2,465 SQ km enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George of lush savannah where a mosaic of habitats offer prime grazing for 95 mammal, specialties include giant forest hog and the legendry tree
climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species testifies to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. `There still exists no better introduction or a more inciting invitation to visit the park`, Douglas Warlocks remarked in 1952 owing to the Parks great mammal density by then.
1. Eco-Kazinga Channel boat ride
The 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley Eco-lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward VII and successor George V. the Eco-launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention the large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.
2. Eco-Game Drive
The floor of the rift valley teems with Eco-wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of Lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard Waterbuck, Bushbuck Warthog and the unexpected Giant forest hog, the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open bushes.
3. Eco-Chimpanzee Tracking
Track chimps in the dramatic Eco-Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park, 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16km Eco-gorge is a home to 30 habituated chimps, it also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, red tailed Monkey, velvet Monkey and Baboons; the bird checklist include the black and white casqued Hornbill, Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco and black Bee eater among others.
4. Eco-Immaramagambo Forest
Immaramagambo Eco-forest which translates as the forest beyond description scratches from the foot of Kichwamba escapement to Lake Edward. Eco-Forest residents include seven diurnal primates and an impressive bird list. A walk into the shady interior provides a dramatic contrast to game drives in the open plains. Choose from trails of varying length and difficulty, ranging from a shot one hour loop visiting the bat cave of millions stinky bats, rock python and none spitting cobra, and copper rich blue lake and a daylong hike which seeks out the grassy peak and lakes of volcanic craters deep in the forest.
5. Eco-Pelican Point
This remote grass land lies in Queen Elizabeth National Park, 2km beyond Katwe. The point enjoys excellent views across Lake Edward and you should be able to appreciate why it was proposed for the park's first lodge. Today with just one faint track, pelican point is fun to explore.
6. Eco-Katwe Explosion Craters
These are a cluster of extinct volcanoes lying less than 30min north of Mweya. The winding 27km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with water, thus forming lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor. The crowning glory is at the baboon cliff.
7. Eco-Katwe Salt Crater
It is located in Katwe town across the bay from Mweya; Katwe is a hot and run down town, however a century ago it was the main commercial center in western Uganda due to its valuable salt producing lake. The economic importance of local salt has since wined but salt is still produced using the traditional evaporation process and the lake can be visited with a local community guide.
8. Eco-Ishasha tree climbing lions
In about 124km from Mweya lies Ishasha the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience, diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill Stork; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Giant forest hogs, Leopards, Waterbuck and many more.