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A 3-days holiday safari in Lake Mburo National Park offers an opportunity to explore the diverse wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and unique activities in this park. This is one of Uganda’s smallest wildlife parks although very rich in wild game. Plenty of bird life flourishes here with more than 315 different bird species, a rich animal life including 68 different mammals like impala, leopards, buffalo, jackals and hyenas to see on an Uganda safari. Aside from all this, it is only here that you will find zebras.
Lake Mburo “Whispers of the Wild” is one of the most serene national parks endowed with the largest herd of Zebras among all Ugandan National Parks. It’s the only Park in Uganda where you can embark on a horseback safari – riding the horse while viewing wildlife. Other unique alternatives include bush biking and walking Safari all besides the usual Game drive.
What is currently Lake Mburo National Park was first gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and later upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The area was dominantly occupied by the Banyankore pastoralists (commonly known as Bahima) who continued to herd their cattle and other livestock in the reserve until it was granted National park status in 1983 by the Obote regime. The decision to upgrade Lake Mburo reserve to a National park status was in one part targeted to punish the Banyankore who were believed to be supporting the anti-Obote rebels. The evicted pastoralists were not given any compensation for the lost grazing land and neither were they helped with the resettlement many of them thus protested the park’s formation. This was during the time of Operation Bonanza massacre of 300,000 and as a result and outside the park was divided into small pieces and subsistence plots.
The origin of this park started with a story of two brothers one known as Mburo and the other as Signarama who lived in the low-lying Savannah plains hence making the area traditionally known as Kaaro karungi. One night Signarama dreamt that they were to receive a substantial amount of rain which would cause flooding and their property destroyed. Kigarama told the dream to his brother but Mburo took it for granted. Because in the African society dreams were respected kigarama decided to leave the area and went into the overlooking hills leaving his brother behind. Finally, the dream came true and the area was attacked by the rain and which caused flooding and the drowning of Mburo with his property thus the name Mburo and the hills were named after his brother.
Lake Mburo national park is a special place, it has got a vast ecosystem and nature prevails, in its western region. There are Rocky Ridges and forested gorges, Narrow bands of lush, riparian woodland and much more. Like many lakes, this has been an addition to the formation of beautiful sceneries hence attracting many tourists to come and see the hidden treasures of the park. Since lake Mburo national park is a special place, it harbours 68 mammal species though it does not have elephants and lions. The fact that there are no lions, gives a chance the tourist to freely move close to the animals and have a close impact with them.
The park has got a wide range of birds flopping in the sky and are so visible to visitors. Some of the birds that are seen in this park include rare rare shoebill, stork, African fin foot, pelican, and heron among others. Lake Mburo national park is blessed with forests which act as a habitat for animals in the park but also help in the influence and formation of rainfall that provides water. This helps to complete tasks that need water at the park-like, it acts as drinking water for the animals hence improving their well-being and outlook. The park is rich with acacia trees, valleys, and grasslands with different types of grass that are fed on by wild animals. It also has both seasonal and permanent swamps where papyrus grows which is used to make a variety of things that can be sold and improve the government’s economy.
Activities To Do In Lake Mburo National Park
Game viewing is one major reason the majority of tourists on the Uganda safari holidays consider Lake Mburo National Park a must-visit. Game drives here present visitors opportunity to enjoy the view of the endangered Rothschild giraffes that exist only in 3 parks in Uganda (Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park), lion, birds, leopard, buffaloes, huge volumes of antelopes (mostly impalas, topis, bushbucks, roan antelopes, eland, oribis to mention but a few.
Bird Watching Experience
A safari in Lake Mburo National Park is never complete without bird watching. There are diverse bird species sheltered in the park’s scenic swamps and savannas with the best birding sites including Miriti and Warukiri swamps. Among the many bird species to identify while on birding safari in Lake Mburo National Park include red-necked spurfowl, shoebill stork, emerald spotted wood dove, bared faced go-way bird, African grey hornbill, brown parrot, lilac-breasted rollers, Nubian woodpeckers, black-bellied bustards, African wattled plover rufous, crested francolin, yellow-throated long claw, southern red bishop, rufous chested swallow, and others.
Guided Nature Walks
A nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park is a distinct experience of its own. Compared to other protected areas, nature walks in this park can be conducted in any area with the guidance of an experienced and armed park ranger guide. Nature lovers on Uganda safari can be exposed to the park’s numerous antelope families, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, butterflies, birds and many more. You can go on a morning nature walk/in the afternoon.
This is one of the extraordinary activities that distinguishes Lake Mburo National Park from the usual destinations. It is an incredible water sport involving anglers challenging themselves with heavy fish species at Mazinga spot which is also free of hippos and crocodiles.
A launch cruise is another most memorable recreational water sport Uganda safari travellers can engage in while on a holiday in Lake Mburo National Park. This exposes you to the park’s numerous hippos, crocodiles as they bask on lake shores, water birds like African fish eagles, green-necked doves, malachite kingfishers, cormorants, pied kingfishers, pelicans, rufous tailed starlings, shoebill stork, herons to mention but a few.
Viewing wildlife on horseback is such a mesmerizing experience you shouldn’t miss out while on the Uganda safari and Lake Mburo National Park should your must-visit destination. It is one of the 2 protected areas in Uganda where this adventure is conducted. You will enjoy the amazing views of elands, zebras, and birds while on the horseback instead of using a 4×4 Uganda safari vehicle.
Rubanga Forest Walks
If you enjoy bird watching then a nature walk/forest walk in Rubanga forest should be your next thing. It shelters about 42 bird species including Narina trogon, shoebill, double-toothed barbet, grey-backed camaroptera and many more. Other activities include a guided nature walk to the salt lick, a community/cultural encounter, a visit to Igongo cultural centre, Quad biking, and walking/hiking tours, especially on Kazuma hill.
Lake Mburo National Park is known for its accessible wildlife viewing opportunities and diverse landscapes, including rolling hills, grasslands, and lakes. Customize your itinerary based on your interests, as there are opportunities for game drives, nature walks, and horseback riding.
Please note that this is a general itinerary, and the actual duration, activities, and accommodations may vary depending on your preferences, available time, and the specific arrangements made with you. It is advisable to consult with us to customise your itinerary and make any necessary adjustments.
- 4×4 safari vehicle with fuel
- Professional Local english speaking Guide/Driver
- Full Board Meals Plan
- All park entry fees-Game drives, ranger
- Boat/Lunch Cruise Execution at Lake Mauro
- Activity fees
- All local taxes
- Entry Visa Fees
- All Air fares
- Meals where not provided
- Alcoholic drinks
- Porter fees while trekking
- Personal Insurance
- Personal shopping bills
- Items of personal nature