lake Mburo National Park – Things to Do and See
Top Things to Do and See at Lake Mburo Park – the closest Wildlife Park to Kampala
Things to do and See at Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda, the closest Savannah Wildlife Park to Kampala. The only Savanna Park in Western Uganda where Giraffes and Zebras roam. Lodges range from Budget to Luxury.
Lake Mburo Park is the only National Park where you can hike throughout the Park, where you can take Mountain Biking and both Horseback Riding Safaris within and outside of the Park.
This an incredible, small park. The perfect place for a short wildlife Safari of two or three days long, giving a Taste of the African Wilderness in Uganda.
Visitors find Lake Mburo National Park to be a special, one of a kind place. At 370 square km, Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest Savannah Park in Uganda. Yet with its extensive wetlands, open savannahs, rolling acacia tree-studded hills, its idyllic lakeshores, variety of habitats, it garners a place of its own among Ugandan Parks.
There are many visitors to Uganda that want to have a taste of the African Wild but only have a couple of days two available during their time in Uganda.
Lake Mburo Park is perfect for them since it is the closest Wildlife Park to Kampala.
It is also the perfect Park where one can break the long journey to and from Western Ugandan Parks such as Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
For those on a short stay in Uganda, get a Taste of African Wild at Lake Mburo National Park on a Midrange or Luxury Safari.
There are many Things to Do and See at Lake Mburo National Park.
The Top Things to Do and See at Lake Mburo Park
Wildlife Game Drives:
Game Drives through the Park allow you to see many animals and birds. Be sure that an Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger is on board the vehicle to point out the various species of birds and mammals you might otherwise miss.
Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda where you can see the large eland, also impala, and klipspringer. The park is home to the largest population of zebra in Uganda estimated at 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopards found anywhere in Uganda. Buffalo, Hippos, Waterbuck, Topi, and warthog are also ubiquitous. Reedbuck and oribi can likewise be spotted in the open valleys. Hyena, Genets, bush pigs, and white-tailed mongoose. The latter are often see on nocturnal game drives.
Nubian (Rothschild) Giraffes were translocated from Murchison Falls National Park and now are thriving in Lake Mburo National Park, where you can see them on a game drive.
On a game drive, you will pass through a variety of landscape features, including acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops, and seasonally flooded valley floors. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to roam the park in search of wildlife.
Night Game Drives:
Nocturnal Game Drives in Lake Mburo National Park take place after sunset. They are some of the memorable activities one can do here. Spot the creatures of the night, such as leopards. Lake Mburo Park is one of the best places in Uganda where to see Leopards, and there is nothing like seeing a leopard on the hunt.
You can even spot Bush Babies, Porcupines – all the things that move at night. The drive usually is about 2 1/2 hours in length after you have dinner at your lodge.
Spotlights are used to point out various animals that, without them, might miss.
A Night Game Drive at Lake Mburo will be one of the highlights of your time here and about two hours in length.
Boat Safaris on Lake Mburo:
A boat ride on Lake Mburo gets you in touch with flora and fauna of the lake. Along the bank, you will see lots of animals coming to water, especially during the dry season.
Lake Mburo’s surface and life on its shore are always changing, and it is a delight to take a boat-safari and experience the lake’s moods. You will see numerous hippos, some crocs, and an incredible number of African fish eagles. The lake is also one of the best places to spot the rarely seen African finfoot and white-backed heron amongst many other water birds.
A boat safari on Lake Mburo will allow you to see both crocodiles and hippos up close in their natural habitat and continues to be a significant attraction in the park.
Birding in Lake Mburo National Park:
Lake Mburo National Park is a Birder’s Paradise. It is one of the best places for birding in Uganda, with over 350 species. Birders will find the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty to be significant areas for birding, and one may spot the rare shoebill Stork here.
There are also ideally situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and Rubanga Forest.
Species observed at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot among others.
Nature Walks- Hiking in Lake Mburo National Park:
What sets Lake Mburo Park apart from others is that Nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide at your side.
On an early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas who are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. At the same time, you can often see hippos returning from grazing during the night and returning to Lake Mburo to keep fresh during the day and protect their sensitive skin from the sun.
On a nature walk, you will often see Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topi, and other antelopes, buffaloes. Birds, butterflies.
Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond, from this vantage point you have a great view of 9 of the regional lakes found in the area.
Horseback Riding Safaris:
Lake Mburo National Park is the only park in Uganda where once can do a game drive from the back of a horse, which is one of the best ways to view the wildlife found in the park. Mihingo Lodge has a stable and trained staff that take you out on horseback riding safari of Lake Mburo.
Horseback Riding Safaris can last from one hour to three. In recent times even overnight horseback riding safaris have been offered with tenting and meals in the wild.
On a horseback riding safari, the only sounds that you will hear are those of the African Wild and your horse. There is no engine sound, and neither is there any pollution, no engine smoke – it is the fresh air and you.
This particular activity is quickly done if you are staying at Mihingo Safari Lodge.
Bicycling Safaris- Lake Mburo:
Mountain Biking Safari Rides are another fun way to explore and discover Lake Mburo and even the surrounding area. These are guided bike rides that are from an hour to as long as you would like.
Ride among the antelopes, zebras, buffaloes in the flat areas of the park. There are many more challenging choices for the avid Mountain Biker because the terrain of Lake Mburo is slightly varied.
It is a great way to get out of the safari vehicle into Nature. We can include Lake Mburo in your bike safari of Uganda, where we bring bikes along for you to enjoy wherever possible.
There is nothing like hitting the trails of Lake Mburo and surrounding areas on a bike.
The famous Ankole Cow is under threat of becoming extinct. The Uganda Ankole Conservation has teamed up with Uganda Wildlife Association to keep that from happening. The Ankole Cow is becoming a Tourist Attraction through their joint efforts.
The Enyemebwa Culture, Conservation, and Education Centre is a joint project of the Ankole Cow Conservation Association (ACCA) and the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. The Centre is located just inside the gate of Lake Mburo National Park. It was established to help conserve the Ankole cow, retain the cultural practices and traditional knowledge of the breed and to ensure that the Ankole Cow thrives in the wildlife-rich landscape surrounding Mburo National Park.
For visitors to Uganda, this is a ‘not to be missed’ destination when visiting Western Uganda. It showcases the culture and lifestyle of the traditional Ankole pastoralist. It allows visitors to mingle with these beautiful cows, watching the calves being milked, the milk turned into ghee (butter), and the cows being watered during the day.
Igongo Cultural Centre:
Leaving the park, just about 4 kilometers from Sanga Gate, is Igongo Cultural Centre, which is a historical showplace for the Banyakitara, who inhabit Western Uganda and include Banyankole, Bakiga, Batooro, and Banyoro.
With the Bayankole the Ankole Cow was king and queen and considered the cow of Kings both in Western Uganda and Rwanda,
The cultural center has several traditional grass huts on display, and guides will explain to you the way life used to be and, in some cases, still is. There is also the museum where you learn more about the ways of the local cultures.
There is also local food that you can eat in the restaurant, and some tremendous roasted goat is offered here. It is an excellent stop-over for culture – history and yes, traditional lunch.
On the Way to Lake Mburo or the return trip to Kampala or Entebbe, we stop and take in a visit to the Equator that runs through Uganda. Our Clients love to have their pictures taken underneath the Equator Sign.
There are so-called scientific experiments, most of them are manipulated illusions and not authentic, but fun to watch.
There are a couple of decent restaurants here, where you can have a snack or a bite to eat, a soda or bottled water to drink, also pretty good coffee or tea.
There are also Curio and Souvenir Shops that you can visit. A couple of them have their wares nicely displayed and make it easier to shop for crafts, including, of course, the Equator T-Shirt that is a must-buy for many clients of ours and others.
Lodging Accommodations – Lake Mburo:
Lake Mburo has quite a few lodging choices, some that were added in recent years.
The top choice remains Mihingo Safari Lodge which set the standard for upmarket, luxury tented lodges in Uganda, Mantana Tented Camp is also upmarket but not the same as Mihingo Safari Lodge.
There are several mid-range, moderately priced lodges. Some even have a swimming pool.
Budget Lodging is found at Eagle’s Nest, which is comprised of tented cottages with en-suite bath. Shoestring lodging can be found in the Rwonyo Rest Camp run by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The perfect place for a short Mini-Safari in Uganda. It is the closest wildlife – savannah park to Kampala and Entebbe. As of 2020, you can even make it a fly-in safari with Aerolink.
You tell us the number of days, and we will create the perfect mid-range of luxury Safari at Lake Mburo National Park.
Here are some sample Safaris for you:
2-Day Luxury Safari
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