Hotels & Tourism
Mweya Safari Lodge, Uganda
In 1995, the Group took over the operations of Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Uganda (450 km West from Kampala), under a 30-year concession from Uganda National Parks / Uganda Wildlife Authority under the Government of Uganda’s privatisation programme. This leading game park lodge of Uganda is uniquely located on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel with a spectacular view of the African landscape and its flora and fauna.
The Lodge currently employs around 100 people and has 46 guest rooms (including 6 single rooms and 2 suites), the Royal Cottage (Where the young queen Elizabeth II visited in 1954), the Rwenzori Cottage and two even more luxurious VVIP Cottages. The Duke of Edinburgh inaugurated the second VVIP Cottage in November 2007 during the Royal visit to Uganda.
After taking-over management, the Madhvani Group implemented a comprehensive phase-wise programme for rehabilitation and renovation of Mweya Safari Lodge. After immediate steps to rehabilitate existing facilities and improve staff housing, all guest rooms were refurbished. The rehabilitation of the Lodge included a new reception and a larger lounge, a modernised dining room and bar, conference facilities, a new swimming pool, an observation deck, a refitted kitchen and upgraded infrastructure. The Royal Cottage was renovated and two VVIP cottages were constructed.
Additional guest facilities recently added to Mweya Safari Lodge include:
Mweya Lodge is undoubtedly the finest lodge in Uganda – comparable to the best on the African continent.
Visit the official Mweya Safari Lodge web site.
Paraa Safari Lodge, Uganda
Originally established in the 1950s, Paraa Lodge is uniquely located overlooking the River Nile and close to the spectacular Murchison Falls, in Murchison Falls National Park, North Uganda (305 km from Kampala). This property was added to the tourism portfolio of the Group in 2000, when the Group took over its operations from a company under receivership. In terms of positioning in Uganda, this leading game park lodge is ranked second only to Mweya.
The Lodge employs around 80 people and has 53 guest rooms (including 2 suites), the exclusive Queen’s Cottage, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, a modernised dining room and main bar, conference facilities, a refitted kitchen and upgraded infra-structure. After taking-over management, the Madhvani Group has undertaken a phase-wise programme for enhancement of the facilities at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Additional guest facilities recently added to Paraa Safari Lodge include:
Visit the official Paraa Safari Lodge web site.
Chobe Safari Lodge, Uganda
The Chobe Safari Lodge was originally constructed in 1950s and at that time was one of the jewels in Uganda’s crown of tourism destinations. The panoramic views of the magnificent River Nile from the site offered a true sampling of the prime offerings of Uganda, coupled with the ample wildlife, birds, flora and fauna. Unfortunately Chobe Safari Lodge underwent almost total destruction in the decade of turmoil and the site was left abandoned for many years. However, with the recent positive developments in the region, the group embarked on restoring Chobe Safari Lodge to its former glory.
The Madhvani Group was awarded the concession for Chobe Lodge in 1996. Unfortunately with the insecurity in the Region, it was felt that the development of the Project could not move forward. However, with the recent positive developments in the Region, the Group is now embarking on restoring Chobe Safari Lodge to its former glory.
Plans for the development of the Lodge were prepared by leading architects to rebuild the structures and a 5 Star Resort has been constructed that is undoubtedly in the top tier of destinations for the discerning visitor. The site on the banks of the river is ideal for fishing as well as other water-based tourism activities.
The rehabilitation commenced in March 2008 and was completed in August 2010. This included renovated guest areas and 30 rooms in the main lodge building, 21 new luxury tents on the upper banks, a new cascading swimming pool with bar and a viewing point on the bank of the River Nile. Other developments include 6 deluxe rooms, 4 suites, a Presidential cottage, a gym and health club, and a conference centre. Located just three and half hours from Kampala by road, Chobe Safari Lodge is a popular yet unique getaway at a spectacular site.
The lodge is now open with renovated guest areas and rooms in the main building.
Visit the official Chobe Safari Lodge web site.
Mara Leisure Camp, Kenya
Mara Leisure Camp is a boutique camp comprising of 22 luxury tents and 3 cottages located on the edge of Mara Game Reserve.
The Masai Mara National Reserve which is comprised of huge savannahs of golden grasslands and the rift valley escarpment is famous for Wildebeest migrations as well as frequent sightings of Lion, Cheetah and Rhino.
The Mara Leisure Camp is just outside the boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve and is situated on the north bank of the Talek River and boasts 400 metres of river frontage. By road from Nairobi it is four and a half hours or 255kms; by air one hour from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Ol Kiombo airstrip and forty-five minutes drive from the airstrip to the camp.
The camp comprises of 13 Nyati Standard Tents, 9 Jumbo Tents and 3 Chui Family Cottages and also boasts a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, gift shop and conference facilities.
Visit the official Mara Leisure Camp web site.
Premier Safaris Ltd.
This unit was established in 1995, with a base at Kakira. The Company has a Beechcraft King Air B200, with twin turbo-engines. This is a well-equipped small aircraft which can fly at 400 kph and is pressurized to fly at an altitude of up to 30,000 ft. The King Air has a flight range of 1,700 km – which covers Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Kigali, Juba, Khartoum, Lusaka, Ndola, etc. It can fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 6 hrs with one stop. The Company has two full-time experienced pilots.
The aircraft has 8 leather seats, pull-out work tables, carpeted floor, tea/coffee, toilet facilities, etc. and is ideal for use by corporate clients and high-end tourists.