Top things to do in Lake Mburo national park; Lake Mburo national park is one of the savannah national parks located in western part of Uganda along Mbarara-Masaka highway in Kiruhura district. The national park covers a total land area of 370 square kilometers which makes it one of th smallest national parks in Uganda. Lake Mburo national park is a home of different wildlife species including buffaloes, giraffes, leopards, hippos, waterbucks, impalas, zebras, elands, oribi, topi, reedbuck, hyenas, hippos and variety of bird species. Lake Mburo national park offers a number of interesting activities that visitors can engage in during the Uganda safari including,
Top things to do in Lake Mburo national park
Game drive is one of the top activities in Lake Mburo national park where visitors will get an opportunity to explore the savannah plains in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide who is conversant with different game tracks like Kazuma track, Kigambira loop track, Lakeside track, Ruroko track, zebra track among others. During the game drives which are mainly done very early in the morning and in the afternoon, you will be able to spot different animals like elands, zebras, warthogs, buffaloes, oribi, topi, waterbucks, impalas, bushbucks, giraffes among others.
Night game drives
Lake Mburo national park is one of the savannah national parks that offers the adventurous night game drive where visitors will be able to explore the park at night with spotlight torches for clear viewing of nocturnal animals which become active at night. During the night game drive which starts at around 6: 30 pm after dinner, you will be accompanied by an experienced ranger guide who will help you to spot nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, bush baby, white tailed mongoose, view hippos feeding and other animals like elands, bushbucks, warthogs, impalas, topi among others.
Boat cruise is another amazing activity in Lake Mburo national park that visitors can engage in during the safari. Boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park is done in two schedules that is the morning schedule which starts at around 9:00am and the afternoon schedule which starts at around 2:00pm and each boat schedule takes about 2 to 3 hours. During the boat cruise you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view other animals like buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs drinking water along the shores, view water birds like kingfishers, herons, cormorants, fish eagles among others. You will also be able to view the fishermen who will be preparing their fishing gears for night fishing.
Lake Mburo national park is a home of over 350 recorded bird species including migratory birds, water birds, forest birds and savannah birds hence making it one of the best bird watching areas. Bird watching in Lake Mburo national park is done in different areas like the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, Lake Mburo and Rubanga forest. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experience bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, African finfoot, red-faced barbet, red-winged francolin, red-necked spurfowl, African-grey hornbill, common button quail, shining-blue kingfisher, lesser and great swamp warbler, rufous-chested swallow, blue-spotted wood dove, yellow-throated long claw, common squacco, black crake, black-headed heron, Nubian woodpecker, bare-faced go away bird, emerald-spotted wood-dove, grey crowned crane,
Horseback riding is an adventurous activity in Lake Mburo national park where visitors will be able to explore the park on a horseback which gives you a chance to view different animals like giraffes, buffaloes, waterbucks, zebras, bushbucks, warthogs among others.
Lake Mburo national park is one of the national parks in Uganda that offers the interesting sport fishing activity which is carried out at Mazinga area. During sport fishing in Lake Mburo national park, you will be able to catch different fish types including tilapia, lung fish, cat fish, tiger fish, barbell, Angara fish among others. Visitors who wish to engage in sport fishing are required to book a sport fishing permits through Uganda wildlife authority and also carry their own fishing equipment’s.
Nature walk is an exciting activity in Lake Mburo national park where visitors will get an opportunity to explore the park on foot accompanied by an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from any danger. During the guided nature walk, you will follow different trails for example trails from Rwonyo area, trails to Rubanga forest and trails to the salt lick where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, view variety of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze, view the colorful butterflies, listen to sweet sounds of bird species among others.
Biking or cycling
Lake Mburo national park is one of the only protected areas in Uganda that offers the unique and adventurous cycling safari where visitors will be able to explore the park on a bicycle. Cycling in Lake Mburo national park takes about 1 hour and riders will be accompanied by park rangers who are well conversant with different trails to follow. During the cycling safari, you will be able to view different animals like elands, buffaloes, bushbucks, zebras, view some bird species among others.
Best time to visit Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be short which helps you to view different wildlife species clearly and many animals will gather around the water bodies to drink water which gives you an opportunity to view abundant animals.
Lake Mburo national park can also be visited in the wet season during the months of March to May, October to November because that’s the best period for bird watching where you will be able to view colorful and migratory bird species.
How to get to Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park is located in western park of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Masaka and then to the park headquarters which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
You can as well access Lake Mburo national park from Kibale forest national park which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.
Lake Mburo national park can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe international airport with Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation to Mbarara airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Where to stay in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your safari including Kigambira safari lodge, Mihingo lodge, leopard rest camp, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Arcadia cottages, Eagles nest lodge, Rwakobo rock, Mantana tented camp, Rwonyo rest camp, Mpogo lodge among others.
A safari in Lake Mburo national park can be combined with chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk in Kibale forest national park for memorable and unforgettable experiences during your adventure in Uganda. For more information, you can contact us at Achieve Global safaris or visit our website for various Uganda safari packages.