Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Kiruluta district between Masaka and Mbarara district in western- Uganda, about 240 kilometres from the capital city Kampala. Covering an area of 370km² making it the smallest National Park in Uganda which is approximately 3-4 hours drive from Kampala city. The Park is the newest wildlife, containing an extensive area of wetland offering a unique opportunity to spot varieties of mammals and birds species around the Park, and is an extension of the Tanzania plain with the big hard of Zebra, Buffalos, Impalas, Elands, and antelopes, as you see many hippos and the large crocodiles on the shores.
Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is a home to different wildlife species of about 68 mammals which includes; Zebras, bushbuck, Impala, warthog, leopard, cape Buffaloes, topi, eland, and leopard, especially during night game drives no elephants and lions are made it an ideal place for walking safaris. The 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 supporting wildlife.
BIRDLIFE in Lake Mburo National Park
The Park hosts over 350 bird species and is remarkably a bird-watching paradise. Bird watching is conducted around Warukiri and Miriti. For bird enthusiasts, the notable birds for you to spot include; yellow-breasted Apalis, red-necked spurfowl, brown parrot, bare-faced going away bird, broad-billed roller, Nubian woodpecker, crested francolin, northern black flycatcher, emerald spotted wood dove, African Fish eagles, blue-headed weavers, pied kingfishers, and rare shoebill stork stop during the boat trip.
Activities that can be done in Lake Mburo National Park
Bird watching in Lake Mburo
Birding is one of the major activities in the Park, the prime activity carried in different places such as the acacia woodland along with the acacia and research tracks, swampy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri as well as the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and jetty, salt lick hosts different bird species, and either do birding watching in Rubanga forest or Miriti valley. The species include; Coqui Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Brown-chested Lapwing, Green Wood-hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Finfoot, Common Scimitarbill, White-winged Tit, and the Brown Parrot.
Game drive in Lake Mburo
The Park is endowed with several wildlife animals and bird species spotted while on your game drive safari. Game viewing is the best way to fully explore and gives you the unique opportunity to sight; impala and zebra, the only Park in Uganda to find impalas. Game driving in Lake Mburo Park takes you on different paths with a game ranger, animals expected to see during your game drive includes; antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, Topis, warthogs, waterbucks, and impalas, the leopards which are rare and bush babies. Also, the Park offers a night game drive with a ranger guide providing higher chances to see nocturnal animals like bush-baby and leopard. They usually come around the swamps and lakes granting you a remarkable photo shooting opportunity.
Boat ride on Lake Mburo
The Boat ride gives you chance to spot crocodiles and hippos at a closer distance along the banks, other animals include; antelopes, buffaloes, and zebras. bird species such as malachite kingfishers, African Fish eagles, pied kingfishers, hammerkops as well as cormorants.
Horseback riding around Lake Mburo
Horse riding is a unique and rewarding experience carried out around the Park, a game viewing while riding a horse in the Park is done in Lake Mburo Park in Uganda where riding on a horse is normally take place giving you the best way of spotting wildlife and bird species found in the park including; Giraffes, and Giant Elands, lasting between 1 to 3 hours.
Guided Nature walk around the Park
The nature walk is a highly done activity, opened to all visitors intending to do a guided nature walk, 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. A nature walk in Rubanga forest is another fascinating walk which takes you through thick forest, suitable for travellers interested in birding and view of nature
Where to stay while in Lake Mburo National Park
Mihingo Lodge is a luxurious, family-owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo. 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 wildlife can be seen around the waterhole. On the rocks, you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers. Not guaranteeing that you will see a leopard, but on a night game drive, you do have a good chance. As Rungwe Kingdon (the son of the well-known wildlife author, Jonathan Kingdon, and one of Mihingo’s guests) once told us “I have seen more leopards in Lake Mburo than any other park in East Africa”.
Mantana Tented Camp is a luxury facility found within the 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 moving around such as warthogs, antelopes as well as Impala. You’ll experience the real wilds of the Park. Their staff is warm and friendly and always willing to assist you with your preferences.
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, honeymoon cottages, double rooms, and single rooms. The lodge’s furniture i.e. king size beds, single beds, and wardrobes are handcrafted hence giving them African exquisite looks, which 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. The most sensitive amenities of the lodge are found right in the middle of the lodge, which include restaurants, reception, and bars. As one dines in the lodge at the night, you will be treated to the sounds of the wilderness inform crickets singing and birds chapping.
The lodge also consists of 10 tents with private bathrooms and an Eco toilet and bush showers. The cottages are ensuite with bath tabs, showers, and hot water. Each cottage is apart from the other thereby granting ultimate privacy while one is enjoying the wilderness in a homely ambience. Its cottage decks offer relaxation, especially after a game drive, nature walk, and boat cruise.
Arcadia cottages, located 2 km from the Park headquarters at Rwonyo make 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 quite an ambience and more to it is the restaurant and bar that grants you a homely experience of the wild. Accommodation consists of double rooms fitted with double beds, bathrooms ensuite, family cottages triple rooms. The lodges also have Wifi available to keep the residents connected to the internet.