Top things to do in Lake Mburo national park; Lake Mburo national park is an interesting savannah national park located in western Uganda in Kiruhura district. Lake Mburo national park is a home of different animals including buffaloes, elands, impalas, waterbucks, leopards, oribi, reedbucks, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, topi, hyenas, hippos, bush pigs and over 350 bird species.
Top things to do in Lake Mburo national park
Game drive is one of the one of the major activities in lake Mburo national park where you will be able to explore the park in a comfortable 4WD safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. During the game drives, you will follow different game tracks where you will be able to view animals like buffaloes, warthogs, bush pigs, waterbucks, elands, impalas, zebras, leopards, topi, oribi, giraffes, hyenas among others.
Lake Mburo national park also offers night game drives where you 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, you will be able to view nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, white tailed mongoose, porcupines, bush babies, buffaloes among others.
Lake Mburo national park is a home of over 350 recorded bird species including water birds, savannah birds, forest birds and migratory birds which makes it 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 like Yellow-breasted Apalis, Long Tailed Cisticola, Bare Faced Go away Bird, Grey Crowned Crane, Nubian Woodpecker, White-headed Barbet, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, African Finfoot, Papyrus Gonolek, Saddle-billed Stork among others.
Boat cruise is another interesting activity in the park that tourists can engage in during the safari. Boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park is done in sessions that is morning session which starts at 9:00am and the afternoon session which starts at 2:00pm and each session takes about 2 to 3 hours. During the boat ride, you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view other animals like buffaloes, antelopes among others along the shores drinking water, aquatic bird species like cormorants, fish eagles, bee-eaters among others.
Nature walk is an amazing activity in Lake Mburo national park where you 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 any danger. During the guided nature walk, you will follow different hiking trails in Rubanga forest or near Rwonyo rest camp where you will get up-close and personal with different animals, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, enjoy beautiful scenery, view colourful butterflies, birds, enjoy the cool breeze among others.
Sport fishing is an exciting activity in Lake Mburo national park where fish anglers will be able to catch different fish types including Tilapia fish, Lung fish, Tiger fish, Cat fish, Angara fish, barbell among others.
Lake Mburo national park offers other interesting activities that tourists can engage in during the safari including Horseback riding where you will be able to explore the park on a horseback, community tour where you will be able to interact with the local people in the neighboring villages, cycling where you will be able to explore the savannah plains on a bicycle among others.
Best time to visit Lake Mburo national park
The 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 to September and December to February because during this time there is less or little rainfall in the park therefore game drive and hiking trails will be dry and passable. During the dry season vegetation in the park will be short which allows you to have great views of different animals and also many animals will gather around the water bodies to drink water which gives you an opportunity to view different wildlife species and take beautiful pictures.
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 period for bird watching where you will be able to view colourful and migratory bird species.
How to get to Lake Mburo national park
The park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by both road and air transport means. When using road transport, you will drive from Kampala via masaka Mbarara road and then to the park headquarters which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
When using air transport means, you will book charter or scheduled domestic flight with Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Mbarara airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Where to stay in Lake Mburo national park
There are various accommodation facilities in Lake Mburo national park where you can stay during your safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Kigambira Safari Lodge, Mihingo Lodge, Arcadia Cottages Lake Mburo, Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwakobo Rock, Mpongo Safari Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Leopard Rest Camp, Mburo Eagles Nest, Hyena Hill Lodge, Kigarama Wilderness Lodge, Rwonyo Rest Camp among others.
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