Mweya peninsula [Popular for birding] in Queen Elizabeth National Park:
The Mweya Peninsula is a catchy site located on the northern bank of the tremendous Kazinga Channel at the convergence point of the channel with Lake Edward with alot to offer on a Uganda Safari on the countryside, a popular destination by a Uganda tourist.
Mweya Peninsular there includes the flow of kazinga channel towards the Katunguru gate, then cuts across to kabatoro gate, characterized by a chunky ground covered by the thick vegetation more especially the andelabra Thorn.
This characteristic therefore makes it hard to ably support the game viewing. However, there lies many a number of tracks that have been maintained for game drives in this sector. One can find it hard to follow the sign posts in the Mweya peninsula from the area of origin through the famous peninsular. Therefore, its advised not over rely on them as might lead you losing track of your way.
There are many recognized independent features in Mweya peninsula like the main road with in the park and the Channel Track to which at some point, these different tracks for game drives merge with at some point. Mweya peninusal is famously visited by numerous visitors who visit mweya, this is so because they always want to pleasure in the two hour game drive on the kazinga channel.
Queen Elizabeth National Park operates a twenty – seater motorized vessel that spans two ride a day. One is always in the morning and the other in the afternoon. More to that, you can also enjoy the other three cruises on a single day, this bases on the number of visitors on this tour. We handle this, by registering your presence at the offices in Mweya, and after that you are requested to join in on the team that is also taking the cruise depending on the number of people.
Be rest assured of Numerous birds over 500 different species, the boat drives, wild life, it gives a glorious momment
— Manzi moses
The Game drive (boat cruise), emerges off from the landing site beneath the lodge, it’s always optional for you to choose whether to walk or drive to the landing stage, you shall leave through the barricade at the headquarters of Mweya’s entrance.
All this shall happen hand in hand with our Tour guide/ driver who is well equipped with the knowledge and welfare of these activities in mweya. Enjoy magnificent views over the water with sights stretching all through to the Rwenzori block Mountains. In Africa, this place is well known for the king of the Jungle, Lions, also spot a leopard, which normally live within the scrubby thickets in the peninsula.
Enjoy aquatic life, see hippos warming their bodies, crocodiles basking at the sun, antelopes and other animals. Have a catch look at the hundreds of bird species between the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward species like: Blue-naped Mouse bird, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Raptors, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Little Bee-eaterNubian, Woodpecker, Red-capped Lark, Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Lesser Masked Weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Pin-tailed Whydah, African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo and many more.
Facts about the Mweya Peninsula’s Existence:
It’s recorded that, the first man’s existence at Mweya-Mweya peninsula dates back close to 50,000(fifty thousand) years back, thus, mweya has been occupied for the last thousand years.
A famous explorer Stanley took an account of this by reaching the rim of Mweya’s Peninsula in July 1889, he written down that, the place was a “formless void”, and that couldn’t see anything. This was so probably due to the smoke from the bush-clearing fires.This Mweya peninsula was harboring 81 huts, sheep and goats. Another great explorer, Lugard, reached this magnificent corridor, he realized that the village had been deserted, this was due to the break down of the epidermic disease, sleeping sickness and rinderpest.
Officially the Mweya peninsula stayed closed to all human settlements until 1952, when it was later declared a section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, though people had started settling within thi section. The Mweya village today has an estimated population of 400 people, and is today the main hub for tourist activities within the Park.
Accomodation: Uganda safari Lodge-Mweya safari Lodge(in the Northern extreme of mweya, you can have a pleasing look at the adjacent prominent lake Edward)