Planning a safari to Lake Mburo national park; Lake Mburo national park is the smallest savannah national park located in western part of Uganda in Kiruhura district along the Kampala-Mbarara highway. Lake Mburo national park is a home of different animals including buffaloes, impalas, zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, warthogs, hippos, elands, topi, leopards, reedbucks, hyenas and over 350 bird species. Lake Mburo national park offers interesting activities that travellers can engage in during the Uganda safari including,
Safari activities in Lake Mburo national park
Game drive is the most popular activity in Lake Mburo national park where visitors will explore the open savannah plains in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Game drives in lake Mburo national park can either be done very early in the morning when animals are still active, in the afternoon or in the evening when animals are going back to their resting areas. During the day game drives, you will be able to view animals like giraffes, zebras, elands, buffaloes, waterbucks, topi, impalas, warthogs, reedbucks, bushbucks, oribi among others.
Lake Mburo national park also offers night game drives where travellers will be able to explore the park at night with Uganda Wildlife Authority guide and spot light torches for clear viewing of nocturnal animals which become active at night. During the night game drives, you will be able to spot nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, bush babies, genets, porcupines, white tailed mongoose, bush pigs among others.
Boat cruise is an amazing activity in Lake Mburo national park where you will be able to explore the lake in a boat. Boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park is done in schedules for example the morning schedule which starts at 9:00am and the afternoon schedule which starts at 2:00pm and each session takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive. During the boat ride, you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, other animals like buffaloes, antelopes along the shores, view aquatic bird species like cormorants, kingfisher, bee-eaters, fish eagles among others. During the boat cruise, you will also be able to see the fishermen preparing their fishing gears for night fishing.
Horseback riding is another interesting activity in Lake Mburo national park where tourists will be able to explore the park on a horseback. Horseback riding activity takes about 2 hours and you will be able to view animals like impalas, giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, zebras, topi, bushbucks among others.
Lake Mburo national park is a home of over 315 recorded bird species including savannah birds, forest birds, water birds and migratory bird species which makes Lake Mburo national park one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. bird watching in Lake Mburo national park can either be done early in the morning or in the evening with an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, Red-winged Francolin, Black-winged Bishop, Great Swamp Warbler, African Fish Eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-wattled Plover, Black-bellied Bustard, Grey Woodpecker, Blue-napped Mousebird, Pink backed Cormorant, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Ruppell’s Starling, African Finfoot, Mosque Swallow among others.
Sport fishing is an adventurous activity in Lake Mburo national park where fish anglers will be able to catch different fish species including ling fish, tiger fish, cat fish, Angara fish, barbell among others.
Nature walk is an adventurous activity in Lake Mburo national park where tourists will be able to explore the park on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and armed park rangers to protect you from dangerous animals. Nature walk in Lake Mburo national park can either be done early in the morning or in the evening following different trails in Rubanga forest, trail along the shores of the lake, trail to the salt lick, eland track among others. During the guided nature walk, you will be able to get up-close and personal with different animals like elands, zebras, giraffes, birds, tree and plant species, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, take beautiful pictures 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 also known as the peak 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 vegetation will be short which allows you to view different animals in the park clearly. During the dry season many animals gather around the water bodies which gives you an opportunity to abundant animals.
Lake Mburo national park can also be visited in the low/rainy season in the months of March to May and October to November because that’s the best time for bird watching where bird lovers will be able to view colourful and migratory bird species.
Where to stay during your safari in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park has various accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your safari including Mihingo lodge, Arcadia lodge, Mpogo lodge, Leopard Rest Camp, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Kigambira safari lodge, Mburo Eagles Nest, Rwakobo rock, Hyena Hill lodge, Rwonyo Rest Camp, Mantana Tented Camp 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/ Entebbe via Masaka and then to the park headquarters which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
Lake Mburo national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book schedules or charter domestic flights from Entebbe international airport to Mbarara airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
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