Top Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

Travel guide to Lake Mburo national park

Top Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park ; Lake Mburo national park is known as a wildlife safari destination where you can be able to spot diversity of antelopes such as impala, zebras, eland, buffalo, oribis, deffasa water back, leopard, hyena, hippo reed back many more. More so, the park is located in Nyabushozi County in Kiruhura district in the western region of Uganda, which was gazetted in 1933 as a hunting area but later the land was upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. Then in  1983 was upgraded into a national park to protect a wide range of wildlife species such as zebras, hippo, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalos, predators can also be seen here include; lion, leopards, hyenas, genet, civets, jackals ,serval cats many more. Lake Mburo national park is also a true birding destination hosting over 350 bird species.

From Kampala to Lake Mburo national park takes about 3:30 to 4 hours’ drive.

Here are the activities to do in Lake Mburo national park as listed below;

Game Safaris –Day game drive

Lake Mburo a home to over 68 mammal species and a great spot birding site with over 350 bird species are recorded here. Some of bird species to spot include; Papyrus gonolek, shoebill, southern ground hornbill, Mosque swallow, Greater painted –snipe, Brown-chested lapwing, Blue-headed coucal, Blue-breasted kingfisher ,Bare-faced go away bird ,Africa scoops owl , Southern ground hornbill ,Tabora cisticola ,Red-faced barbet ,Hairy-breasted barbet ,Yellow-rumped tinker bird ,White-winged swamp warbler among others. Game drive done here can be adventured in open savannah grassland and along water hole like Lake Mburo where you can be to spot hippos, crocodiles and range of animals can be seen quenching for water along the water backs.

Top Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park
Game Drives in Lake Mburo National Parkw

Night game drives

 Lake Mburo national park is one of the best safari destination to adventure nocturnal wildlife species such as illusive leopard, porcupine, white tailed mongoose as well as  these species ;hyenas ,buffalos ,zebras and bush babies.

Horseback riding safaris

This is private activity which can be booked from Mihingo lodge one of the lodges found in the Lake Mburo national park. One engaging into horseback riding that allows you to have close view of animals like zebras, impala among others. This activity can be done under the guidance of trained staff in conjunction with the park ranger. The horseback ride in Lake Mburo is done in hours and it’s the visitor to choose how long he prefers to enjoy the hidden treasure of the park while unwinding  the fresh breathtaking air.

Fishing trip on Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo national park is also one of Uganda top fishing site on Uganda Safaris and here fishing trip can be done along Lake Mburo which is endowed with 6 fish species the commonly caught species such as Cat fish, tiger fish, Angara fish barbell, tilapia among others. Though the best spotting site for fishing at the Mburo is Mazinga. We advise travelers on your fishing tour to Uganda a devour to carry your own equipment and as access permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority, Top Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park.

Rubanga Forest walk

Rubanga forest is also a tourist attraction to encounter on your safari to Lake Mburo National park, this forest has ecosystem that inhabits a range of species such as birds, forest animals, vegetation among others.  Although Lake Mburo national park is a small park but interesting can engage in.

Community Walks

This is an interesting activity where you can be accompanied by the park ranger to visit Bahima people culture. Therefore, be ready to enjoy their nice local traditions through listening to their traditional songs, learn how make ghee among others. But depending on time visited you may even have an opportunity to milk some of the Ankole cows.

 Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo

 This is one of the most done activities in the park done along Lake Mburo where you can be able to cruise near amazing flora and fauna as well as water bird species. Wildlife species to see that can make your boat cruise rewarding include; hippo, crocodiles and other species to see along water banks are elephants, zebras, impala, buffaloes many more. Water bird species to spot include; African fish eagles, pelican, King fishers, herons, cormorants, rare African finfoot and hammerkops many more. Best viewed during the dry season.

Top Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park
Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo

Birding Tour

Birding in Lake Mburo national park is done in an interesting trail heads where you can be able to view range of wildlife species such as eland, buffaloes, antelopes, bush bucks, Southern ground hornbill, Tabora cisticola, Mosque swallow, Carruthers’s cisticola, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Bare-faced go-away bird, White-winged swamp warbler, Hairy-breasted barbet, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, White-winged swamp warbler among others.

The best birding time here starts around June to July and March to April can be wet season but rewarding for birders, since the park can be in plenty of fruits and food for the birds. Migratory bird species can be present in the months of November to April.

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