Top 5 Safari Activities in Lake Mburo National Park
Top 5 safari activities in Lake Mburo national park; Lake Mburo national park is one of the smallest national parks located in western Uganda. The national park is a home of about 68 mammal species including buffaloes, zebras, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, Oribi, Elands, Topi, Bohor reedbucks, hyenas, warthogs, duikers, giraffes, bushbucks, leopards and over 350 bird species such as the prehistoric shoebill stork. Lake Mburo national park offers unique activities which include,
Top 5 safari activities in Lake Mburo national park
- Game drives in Lake Mburo national park
Game drive is the major activity in Lake Mburo national park where you will be able to explore the park in a 4WD pop up safari vehicle. Game drives can either be done early in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening with a professional guide. There are different game tracks to follow during the game drive such as Zebra track, Kigambira loop trail and Kazuma track which offer great views of the landscape, animals like waterbucks, buffaloes, oribi, topi, warthogs, reedbucks, bush pigs, elands, impala, bird species among others.
Lake Mburo national park is one of the few destinations in Uganda which offer night game drives. Night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is done in a safari with spotlight torches for clear viewing of nocturnal and you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger who will help you to sport nocturnal animals such bush babies, porcupines, civet, bush pigs, genetic cats, leopard if you are lucky among others.
- Boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park
Boat cruise is an amazing activity that you shouldn’t miss during your safaris in Lake Mburo national park. Boat ride is carried out in two sessions that is the morning session which starts at around 9:00am and the afternoon session which starts at around 2:00pm with each session taking 2 to 3 hours. During the boat cruise you will enjoy great views of the scenery, view hippos in water, crocodiles basking on the banks, buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes drinking water along the shores, water bird species such as the elusive shoebill stork, African finfoot, Hammer kops, pied king fisher’s, rufous long tailed starling, blue headed weaver, herons, African fish eagle among others. You will also be able to see the fishermen along the shores preparing their fishing gears for night fishing.
- Bird watching in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park is a home of more than 350 recorded bird species including forest birds, savannah birds and water birds. There are different birding areas such as Rubanga forest, swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, roadsides between Rwonyo camp and viewing platforms at the salt lick. During bird watching which can be done during the game drive, boat cruise or guided nature walk you will be able to spot different bird species such as the elusive shoebill stork, bare faced go away bird, green wood hoopoe, African finfoot, Ross’s turaco, Emerald spotted wood dove, White headed barbet, Grey crowned crane, Long tailed cisticola, Red shouldered cuckoo shrike, White winged tit, Rufous bellied heron, Bateleur eagle, Brown chested lapwing, Papyrus gonolek, Blue headed coucal, Saddle billed stork, Greater painted snipe, Blue breasted kingfisher, southern ground hornbill, white winged swamp warbler, mosque swallow among others.
- Nature walks in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park offers the interesting nature walk where you will get an opportunity to get out of the comfort of the safari vehicle and explore the park on foot with an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from dangerous animals. During the guided nature walks which take about 2 hours you will follow different trails to Kazuma hill, the salt lick and Rubanga forest where you will enjoy stunning views of the hills, rolling savannah plains, beautiful landscape, acacia vegetation, get up-close and personal with wildlife species such as zebras, giraffes, elands, impalas, hippos, buffaloes, view different bird species, enjoy the cool breeze, listen to sweet sounds of bird species among others.
- Sport fishing in Lake Mburo national park
Sport fishing is another interesting activity in Lake Mburo national park and it’s carried out at Mazinga area. Visitors who want to engage in sport fishing activity are required to carry their own fishing equipments and obtain a sport fishing permit from Uganda wildlife Authority. Lake Mburo national park has 6 fish species such as Tilapia, Cat fish, Tiger fish, Lung fish among others which can be caught during sport fishing activity. During sport fishing you will be accompanied by an experience guide who will guide you on the fishing process and after the fishing experience you will transport the fish caught to the lodge to be prepared.
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 in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season there is less or little rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be thin and large concentrations of animals will gather around the water bodies to drink water which makes wildlife viewing easy.
Where to stay during your safari in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park has a wide range of accommodation facilities where visitors can stay during their safari. The accommodations range from luxury, mid-range, budget and camping sites for example Mihingo lodge, Eagles Nest lodge, Rwakobo rock, Arcadia Cottages, Mantana Tented camp, Rwonyo Rest camp, Lake Mburo Safari lodge among others.