Activities to Explore in Lake Mburo Park. These are things that tourists can engage in while on a visit to the park.

Activities to Explore in Lake Mburo Park

Activities to Explore in Lake Mburo Park: These are things that tourists can engage in while on a visit to the park. Lake Mburo National Park is one of the smallest savannah national parks in Uganda, located in the western region along the Mbarara-Kampala highway. The park was gazetted in 1983 and spans a total area of 370 km, which is dominated by savannah grasslands, thickets, acacia woodland, and swamps, among others. All these acts as habitats for different wildlife species, including Zebras, Buffaloes, Impalas, Giraffes, Leopards, Hippos, Waterbucks, Oribi, Topi, Duikers, Bushbucks, Sitatungas and several bird species like the Couqui Francolin, Red-faced Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, the rare Shoebill Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-bellied Bustard, and Bare-faced go away-bird, among others.

Activities to explore in Lake Mburo National Park

Bird-watching 

Birding is quite popular in Lake Mburo National Park! About 350 bird species have been reported in the park, including endemic, water, savannah, migratory and forest birds. As a result, Lake Mburo National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. A variety of habitats, including as the Rubanga forest, the marshy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri, and the roadsides connecting Rwonyo camps, are good places to go bird watching at Lake Mburo National Park. You can see endangered bird species, including the African Penduline Tit, African Finfoot, Saddle-billed Stork, and the threatened Shoebill Stork, when you go on game drives, boat cruises, and guided nature walks. Other birds to see include Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove, African Grey Hornbill, Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-Chested Lapwing, Red-faced Barbet, Red-headed Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, African Fish Eagle, and White-winged Warbler, among others.

Game drives 

Game drives in Lake Mburo National Park are always conducted extremely early in the morning, giving tourists the chance to witness a variety of wildlife species, especially as they are migrating from their nesting grounds. You will be rewarded with picturesque views of the park, animals like Impalas, Zebras, Reed Bucks, Bush Bucks, Duikers, and Oribis, as well as several bird species like Thick-billed Cuckoo, Greater-blue Eared Starling, Crested Barbet, Tabora Cisticola Brown-chested Lapwing, and Orange-breasted Bushshrike, among others, when you follow different game tracks like Kazuma track, Zebra track, and Kigambira loop during your game drives.

A popular experience that brings guests up close to these untamed creatures in their native habitats and hiding places is the night game drive offered by Lake Mburo National Park.  In a 4WD safari vehicle with spotlight torches, you will be able to explore the park after dawn with a game ranger. This will allow you to get up close and personal with nocturnal creatures, including Grazers like Hippos and Bush Pigs, as well as nocturnal animals like Leopards, Civet Cats, and Genet Cats, to see them clearly while they hunt.

Boat cruise 

Another exciting activity you should not skip when on safari in Lake Mburo National Park is a boat ride. The boat trip is offered on several schedules; for instance, there is a morning game drive that departs at approximately 9:00 a.m. and an afternoon boat cruise that departs at approximately 2:00 pm. You may take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, wildlife, and lakeside watering holes such as water bucks, buffaloes, warthogs, and crocodiles and hippos throughout the two-to-three-hour boat ride. You may expect to observe a variety of aquatic birds, including the uncommon Shoebill Stork, Rous-bellied Heron, African Finfoot, African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, and others.

Horseback riding 

Horseback riding is an exciting sport activities to explore in Lake Mburo National Park allowing tourists to see and interact with a variety of animals. Views of animals like Zebras, Elands, Duikers, Bush Bucks, Buffaloes, Topis, warthogs, Waterbucks, Impalas, and many bird species like the Red-faced Barbet, African Grey Hornbill, Blue-headed Coucal, African Fish Eagle, Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-chested Lapwing, and Red-headed Weaver will be available to you during your horseback safari ride across the savannah plains.

Bird watching 

Birding is quite popular in Lake Mburo National Park! About 350 bird species have been reported in the park, including endemic, water, savannah, migratory and forest birds. As a result, Lake Mburo National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. A variety of habitats, including as the Rubanga forest, the marshy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri, and the roadsides connecting Rwonyo camps, are good places to go bird watching at Lake Mburo National Park. You can see endangered bird species, including the African Penduline Tit, African Finfoot, Saddle-billed Stork, and the threatened Shoebill Stork, when you go on game drives, boat cruises, and guided nature walks. Other birds to see include the Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove, African Grey Hornbill, Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-Chested Lapwing, Red-faced Barbet, Red-headed Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, African Fish Eagle, and White-winged Warbler, among others.

Sport fishing 

Lake Mburo National Park offers sport fishing as an additional tourism activity.  In order to engage in sport fishing, visitors must first obtain a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and bring their own fishing gear. Sport fishing is permitted only in specific regions of the park, such as Mazinga. You will have an expert guide with you during the sport fishing activity to assist you with the process. Six varieties of fish can be found at Lake Mburo National Park, the most often captured being tilapia and others such as Tiger fish, Lung Fish, catfish, and Mud Fish.

Nature walks and hiking

This thrilling experience allows you to explore the park while eating, accompanied by a knowledgeable park guide and an armed park warden. You will follow a variety of trails on the guided nature walk, including ones that lead to the salt lick, where you can see animals that visit to lick the salt, Kazuma Hill, which offers a panoramic view of the park and its surrounding lakes, and Rubanga Forest, which is home to a wide variety of bird species. During the guided nature walks, you will be able to get up close and personal with wildlife species like Impalas, Kudu, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Eland, Hippos, and various bird species like the African Fish Eagle.

Cycling

In Lake Mburo National Park, cycling is an exciting and daring activity that allows tourists to explore the park on two wheels. To keep you safe from potentially harmful animals, game rangers lead bicycle tours through the park. Throughout the cycling activity, you will ride on designated bike routes that pass through open plains with savannah grasslands, swampy valleys, and forested undulating hills. These routes will give you up-close and personal encounters with various wildlife, including Impalas, Zebras, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Waterbucks, Topis, and Warthogs.  The unique vegetation types  dominated by dotted savannah and woodland attract a variety of bird species, including the Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove, African Grey Hornbill, Papyrus Gonolek, and Brown-Chested Lapwing, among others.

Best time to visit Lake Mburo

Although you may visit Lake Mburo National Park at any time of year, June to September and December to February are the best times to go during the peak season, often known as the dry season. Since there is limited rainfall in the national park during the dry season, the flora will be sparse and animals will congregate around water bodies to drink, giving you the chance to see large animal groups and capture stunning photos.

How to access Lake Mburo

Access to Lake Mburo National Park is possible by plane or by road; it is situated in western Uganda. When travelling by road, you will take a 4WD safari vehicle from Kampala via the Masaka-Mbarara road to the park headquarters. The trip will take approximately 4 to 5 hours.

By air: Entebbe international airport and Kajansi airfield are the two airports from which scheduled or charter flights to Mbarara airstrip, which connects to Lake Mburo national park, can be used to reach the park.

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