Lake Mburo National Park
This national park is 370km with an altitude between 1,220m to 1828m above sea level. The park is 20% wetland. The park is located suitably close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. This is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah parks and motivated by the ancient metamorphic rocks that date back more than 500 years. Its home to 350 bird species as well as impalas, zebras, eland, Oribi, Defassa water buck, leopard, hippos, hyenas, reedbuck as well as topis.
The park has got 13 other lakes with in the area and these form a 50km long wetland system that is linked by a swamp. The five lakes are found within the park’s borders. The lake contains variety of woodland a thee are no elephants to destroy the vegetation. The western part of the park is covered with savannah scattered with rocky ridges and forested gorge while the coverings of the papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland.
Activities in Lake Mburo National Park
These game drives pass through the park and you are able to see many animals and birds. Always be sure that you have an armed Ranger on board of the vehicle. You will see many bird species as well as mammals. This park is famous for elands, impala antelopes, and giraffes. You can as well see leopards and lions. It’s the only park with Burchell Zebras with vey scenic rolling hills, lake, swamps and many more.
The Night Game drives
These Nocturnal game drives in Lake Mburo national park are a great adventure and you can see many creatures like the leopards as well as the lions. The bush babies and porcupines can also be viewed. This drive takes 2 ½ hours in length after you have dinner at your lodge. The spotlights are used to spot out many animals and without them, you might miss.
Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
This boat cruise brings you closer with the flora and fauna of this beautiful lake. You are able to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes and the otters. There are many bird species including; green necked dove, African fish eagle, Rofous long tailed starlings, Blue headed weavers, Hammerkops, herons, cormorants as well as the Shoebill storks. You are able to see the crocodiles and hippos at up-close.
The park is one of the best birding destinations with about 350 bird species. The birders are expected to visit the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti and the roadsides around the Rwonyo area with a chance of seeing the shoebill stork. The main bird species include; Rufous bellied Heron, black bellied Bustard, Ross’s Turaco, the Bare faced Go away bird, green wood hoopoe, common scimitarbill, Red headed lovebird, Emerald spotted wood dove, Nubian wood pecker, long tailed cisticola as well as yellow breasted Apalis.
These nature walks take place within the park with the help of an armed ranger of Uganda Wildlife Authority by your side. On the morning guided walk, you meet hyenas returning to their dens after a long night, see hippos returning from grazing to cool off at Lake Mburo. The other animal species to be seen include; giraffes, zebras, elands, Topis, antelopes, buffaloes, butterflies and the birds. You also get a chance to take a trail up the hills to view Lake Mburo and beyond, you are also lucky to view the 9 of the regional lakes found in the area.
The Rubanga Forest visit;
To be able to visit Rubanga Forest, arrangements have to be made with Uganda Wildlife Authority personnel at Lake Mburo National Park. This is a great place for birders and over 40 species of birds can be seen here including the five (5) forest specialists. The common tree species found here include; Markhamia, Acacia, fig trees, palm, platycaluz and many more. The forest is home to many different bird species including; harrier hawk, shoebill stork, narinatrogn, green pigeon, double toothed barbet, as well as the grey backed cameroptera.
A guided walk to the salt lick
You take a guide walk with an armed ranger to the salt lick and see animals licking the salty soils. There are erected wooden platform hideaways where the visitors can stand and see the animals below them without the animals being aware. This is an opportunity to view the zebras, antelopes, as you take photos. This activity is carried out in the morning and takes about 1 ½ hours in length and there is nothing tiring about it.
Fishing in Lake Mburo
There are five lakes in Lake Mburo National Park, and there are 12 lakes in general in the area of the park. Fishermen come to the lake to fish and the visitors to the park can carry out fishing themselves and then arrange to have this exact fish prepared at the lodge where they are staying. There are 6 fish species found here include; Tilapia, cat fish, Tiger fish, Ngara, barbell and Ferocious fighter. Sport fishing can be done through obtaining a license for you. The selected fishing spot is at Mazinga, which is a safe area along Lake Mburo where there are no crocodiles and hippos.
Horseback riding tours.
This national park is where you can do a game drive from the back of the horse which is one of the best ways to view the wildlife that is found in the park. Mihingo lodge has got well trained staff that takes you out on a horseback riding safari of the lake. This activity lasts for up to three hours, with overnight riding carried out, and served with meals. This activity is easily done when staying at Mihingo safari Lodge
Cycling safaris in Lake Mburo
This is another great way of exploring Lake Mburo and the surrounding area. These are guided bike rides that are from 1 hour to as long as you like. Get to ride among the zebras, antelopes, buffaloes in the flat areas of the park. There are many other choices for the avid biker because of the terrain of Lake Mburo. This is a great way of exploring the park and be assured of meeting lots of wildlife species. Always carry enough water and snacks.
Igongo cultural centre visit
Igongo cultural centre is a historical showplace for the Banyakitara, who live in the western Uganda and include Banyankole , Bakiga, Batooro and the Banyoro. The cultural centre has got many traditional grass huts on display and the guides always explain to you the way of life in the past years. You get to visit the museum where you learn more of the ways of the local cultures. You can decide to have lunch at their local restaurant for great local dishes.
The Equator visit
This place can be visited on your way to western national parks or tourist destinations or when returning to Kampala. Stop and take a visit of the equator that runs through Uganda. You get a chance of taking beautiful photos. You also engage in the scientific experiments and most of these are manipulated illusions and not the equator signs. You can as well choose to have lunch here since there are some descent restaurants that served local dishes. There are curio and souvenir shops that sell T shirts, craft shoes, hats and many more.
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