- On March 29, 2019
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Visiting Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Kiruhula district between Masaka and Mbarara district in western Uganda with about 240 kilometers from Kampala capital city. Lake Mburo National Park covers an area of 370km² making it the smallest National Park in Uganda and is famous for being the closet National Park in Uganda with approximately 3-4 hours’ drive. Lake Mburo National Park is the newest wildlife which contains an extensive area of wetland which offers you a unique opportunity to see species of mammals and birds around the Park. Lake Mburo National Park is known as an extension of the Tanzania plain with the big hard of Zebra, Buffalos, impalas, Elands and antelopes, as you see many hippos wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the shores.
Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest Park in Uganda and is homes of different species of about 68 mammal species include Zebras, Impala, Buffaloes and Topi, eland, bush buck, warthog, leopard, hyena and jackal. Lake Mburo is the best place in Uganda to see the leopard, especially during night game drives and it has no elephants and lions making it an ideal place for walking safaris. Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore has a varied mosaic of habitats forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and rich acacia wood valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife.
Bird life in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park hosts over 350 bird species, Lake Mburo national park is remarkably a bird watchers paradise. Bird watching at this park is conducted around Warukiri and Miriti. For bird enthusiasts, the notable birds for you to spot out include crested francolin, red necked spur fowl, brown parrot, bare faced go away bird, broad billed roller, Nubian woodpecker, trilling Cisticola, yellow breasted apalis, northern black flycatcher, emerald spotted wood dove, arrow marked babbler, night jars, African Fish eagles, blue headed weavers, Rufuos long tailed starlings, the pied kingfishers and the rare shoebill can be observed on boat trip.
What to do in Lake Mburo National Park
Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park
Bird watching is one of the major activities in Lake Mburo National Park, and is one of the prime activity that is carried out in different places such as the acacia woodland along the acacia and research tracks, the the swampy valleys of Miriti and the Warukiri as well as the roadsides between Rwonyo camp as well as jetty, the salt lick hosts different bird species, one can also decide to do birding watching in Rubanga forest and Miriti valley. The species of birds mainly seen here include; Coqui Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateluer, Brown-chested Lapwing, Grey Crowned Crane, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, Green Wood-hoopoe, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Black-bellied Bustard, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Fin foot, Common Scimitar bill, White-winged Tit and the Brown Parrot , Long-tailed Cisticola, and many more.
Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park
Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park gives you chance to see crocodiles and hippos at closer distance and along the banks, you will also see such animals antelopes, buffaloes and zebras and bird species such as malachite kingfishers, African Fish eagles, blue headed weavers, Rufuos long tailed starlings, the pied kingfishers, hammer Kobs, Herons, pelicans, the rare shoebill as well as the cormorants. Boat trip along Lake Mburo National Park grants you flora and fauna experience with the stunning scenery and panoramic landscape which really impress you to African beauty.
Horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park
Hose riding in Lake Mburo National Park is unique rewarding experience which carry out a game viewing exercise while riding horse. Lake Mburo National Park is the only National Park in Uganda where horse riding is normally take place and gives you the best way of viewing the wildlife and bird species that found in the park including Giraffes, Giant Elands, also Topi, Impala, Duikers, Bushbucks, Waterbucks, Burchell’s Zebras, these can also last between 1 to 3 hours as you enjoy the scenic beauty, Birds, Vegetation of the Park. You can also enjoy overnight horseback riding that can be offered with tents as well as meals in the wild.
Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is endowed with several wildlife and bird species among which you may lay your eyes on while on your game viewing safari in Lake Mburo National Park. Game viewing is the best way to fully explore Lake Mburo National Park and gives you the unique opportunity for seeing the impala and zebra, and is the only Park in Uganda that hosts the impalas. Game driving in Lake Mburo National Park takes you in different paths with game ranger, animals expected to see during your game drive in Lake Mburo National Park include antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, Topis, warthogs, water bucks and impalas, the leopards which are rare, bush babies.
Lake Mburo National Park offers you night game drive with a ranger guide provides the chance to see nocturnal animals such as bush-baby, Pottos and leopard. Animals usually comes together around the swamps and lakes and this grants you a remarkable photo opportunity for wildlife and bird lovers.
Nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park
Nature walks at Lake Mburo national park is a highly welcome activity. The park is open to all visitors who intend to do guided nature walk and is usually conducted along with the ranger guide. From Rwonyo the Park centre, the guided walks take you to the salt lick presumably the candy place for numerous wildlife. Nature walk in Rubanga forest is another fascinating walk which takes you through think forest and it’s suitable for travelers who have interests in birding and view of nature.
Salt licks at Mburo National Park
Salt lick is around shallow water hole located in the middle of the Lake Mburo National Park which contains salty soils that the wildlife find very salty licking. Salt lick gives great opportunity for the visitors to view the antelopes, zebras, eland and many more. The wildlife at Lake Mburo finds this a fascinating place to hang around as they enjoy of the salt taste by licking the soils. The salt lick visit can be done during an early morning guided nature walk in the park.
Fishing in Lake Mburo National Park
Fishing in Lake Mburo is fascinating activity which take place in 12 different fishing grounds, Lake Mburo is a main fishing ground and with over 6 fish species and Tilapia is most caught fish species. Visitor can also engage in the fishing activity and its advisable for visitors that are planning to carry out fishing here should bring their own equipment and then get a permit from Uganda wildlife Authority.
Exploring Rubanga forest
Rubanga forest is home to over 40 bird species usually referred to as forest birds which include green pigeon, harrier hawk, double toothed barbet, shoebill stork, the narina trogn, and the grey backed Camaroptera. The Rubanga forest is an ideal place nature walk and it also harbors different tree species of which include; palm, acacia, gigs, Platycaluz Markham and among others.
Bicycle tours in Lake Mburo National Park
Bicycle tour is a unique way of adventuring the wild animals in their natural environment of Lake Mburo National Park and is great experience you receive while on your safari in Lake Mburo National Park. Bicycle tour takes you through different trail with guided ranger bike which last 1 to 3 hours as long as you still like. Bicycle tour gives you chance to see wild animals at close distance which include zebras, antelopes, buffaloes with in the flat areas of the National Park. Or one can decide to do mountain biker due to the terrain of the lake is also diverse in nature which are both memorable experience.
Visit Ankole Cultural Centre
The Ankole Cultural Centre is the surrounded community at Lake Mburo National Park which known as the Banyankole community Kiruhula district. The customs and history of Banyankole kingdom is situated just outside the Park near the Sanga gate. A visit to the Centre will introduce you to the traditional culture of the area and the local way of life. Typical village houses can be visited and Ankole guides will explain their people’s history and lifestyle. Distinctive Ankole handmade crafts can be purchased as souvenirs that will remind you a life experience you had in Lake Mburo National Park
Best time to visit Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is open year-round, but the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February are the best time for general wildlife viewing as animals gather around the Lake Mburo, salt lick and other water sources. One can also opt to visit Lake Mburo National Park in in the Wet seasons from March to May and from September to November and at this time the park lush and scenic.
Where to stay in Lake Mburo National Park
Luxury accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park
Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature.
An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck and zebra can be seen at the waterhole. On the rocks you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers. We cannot guarantee that you will see a leopard, but on a night game drive you do have a good chance. As Rungwe Kingdom (the son of the well-known wildlife author, Jonathan Kingdom, and one of Mihingo’s guests) once told us “I have seen more leopards in Lake Mburo National Park than any other park in East Africa”.
Mantana Tented Camp is a luxury facility found within Lake Mburo National Park. It has 9 tents constructed on wooden platforms to offer a spectacular view of the delights of Lake Mburo. From this camp, you’ll see various wildlife animals and bird species as moving around such as warthogs, antelopes as well as Impala. You’ll experience the real wilds of Lake Mburo National Park. Their staff is warm and friendly and always willing to assist you in accordance with your preferences.
Mid-range accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo safari lodge is a midrange lodge located in the Park and is strategically the location giving an impressive view of the park and its surroundings. It consists of family cottages, honey moon cottages, double rooms and single rooms. The lodge’s furniture i.e. king size beds, single beds, wardrobes are hand crafted hence giving them African exquisite looks, top up their strategic placement overlooking the Park.
Eagles nest lodge is located near the Park. It’s strategically positioned on the small hill overlooking the park therefore granting its visitors 3 dimension view of the park and the surrounding areas. Most of sensitive amenities of lodge are found right in the middle of the lodge, which include restaurant, reception and bars. As one dines in the lodge in the night, you will be treated with the sounds of the wilderness inform crickets singing and birds chapping. The lodge also consists of 10 tents with private’s bathrooms and Eco toilet and the bush showers. The cottages are En-suite with bath tabs, showers and hot water. Each cottage is apart from each other thereby granting ultimate privacy while one is enjoying the wilderness in a homely ambiance. Its cottage decks offer a relaxation especially after a game drive, nature walk and boat cruise.
Budget accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park
Arcadia Lodge is located 2 km from the Park headquarters at Rwonyo making it an ideal base to explore the park and during your game drive, boat cruises and nature walks in the park.
The lodge consists of 8 cottages surrounding the central lodge, giving quit an ambiance and more to it is the restaurant and bar that grants you a homely experience of the wild. They accommodation consists of double rooms fitted with double beds, bathrooms En-suit, family cottages triple rooms. The lodges also have Wi-Fi available to keep the residents connected to the internet.
How to get to Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhula district in the Western Region of Uganda of about 240 kilometers from capital city of Uganda which is approximately 4 hours’ drive from the capital of Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is accessible in two ways, when you’re coming from Kampala city you will use Kampala-Masaka road, your access will be through the Sanga gate of Lake Mburo National Park. And if you’re driving from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park through Mbarara road, your entry to Lake Mburo National Park will be from the Nshara game 8 kilometers from the main road.