Bird watching in Lake Mburo ; Lake Mburo national park is an interesting and the smallest savannah national parks in Uganda located in western region in Kiruhura district. The national park convers a total area of 370 square kilometres and it’s a home of different wildlife species including buffaloes, waterbucks, leopards, impalas, elands, hippos, zebras, giraffes, topi, reedbucks, warthogs, bush pigs among others.
Lake Mburo national park is a home of over 350 recorded bird species including savannah birds, forest birds, water birds and migratory birds which makes it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. birding in lake Mburo national park is done in different areas including Rubanga forest, areas near the salt lick, valleys of Mirit and Warukiri swamps, roadsides between Rwonyo camp among others. During bird watching in Lake Mburo national park, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including the illusive Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, Little Bee-eater, Malachite Kingfisher, African Fin Foot, Pied Kingfisher, Egyptian Goose, African-wattled Lapwing, Saddle Billed Stork, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Brown-chested Lapwing, Greater Painted Snipe, Red-faced Barbet, Blue-headed Coucal, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Mosque Swallow, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Black-bellied Bustard, White-winged Warbler, Brown Parrot, Black-winged Bishop, Grey Woodpecker, Black Crake, Great Swamp Warbler, Black-headed Heron, Pink-backed Cormorant, African-wattled Plover, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Squacco, Lilac-breasted Roller, Blue-napped Mousebird, Ross’s Turaco, Long-tailed Cisticola, Grey Crowned Crane, Black Throated Barbet, Ruppell’s Starling, Southern Ground Hornbill among others.
Best time to go for bird watching in Lake Mburo national park
Bird watching in Lake Mburo national park can be done 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 because during this period there is less rainfall in the park therefore birding trails will be dry and passable which makes bird watching easy.
Bird watching in lake Mburo national park can also be done in the low/rainy season during the months of March to May and October to November because during this period you will be able to spot colourful and migratory bird species.
Cost of bird watching in lake Mburo national park
Birding in Lake Mburo national park costs 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 25 USD per person for foreign residents and 20,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
Other activities in lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park offers other adventurous activities that you can engage during the safari apart from bird watching including game drives where you will be able to view different animals like zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, elands, waterbucks, boat cruise where you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, sport fishing where you will be able to spot different fish types, cycling where you will explore the park on a bicycle, horseback riding where you will be able to explore the park on a horseback, cultural tour where you will interact with the local people and guided nature walk where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species.
Where to stay in lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park offers a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your safari including Mihingo Lodge, Hyena Hill Lodge, Rwakobo Rock, Leopard Rest Camp, Arcadia Lodge Lake Mburo, Kigambira Safari Lodge, Mburo Eagles Nest, Mpongo Safari Lodge, Mburo Safari Lodge, Emburara Farm Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Rwonyo Rest Camp, Kigarama Wilderness Lodge among others.
How to get to lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via masaka and then to the park headquarters which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive in a 4WD safari vehicle.
Lake Mburo national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aero link Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Mbarara airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
For more information about bird watching in lake Mburo national park, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various safari packages.