Game drives are one of the most popular activities in Ugandan national parks, and for good reason. It’s an incredible experience to see animals in their natural habitat. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including buffaloes, zebras, leopards, Burchell’s zebras, elands, and various species of antelopes. You can take game drives in the early morning, mid-morning, afternoon, evening, and even at night. The more game drives you take, the more likely you are to see a variety of animals. Your guide will help you spot animals and provide information about them.
Night game drives in Lake Mburo National Park start at around 6:30-7pm and last for 2 to 3 hours.
While exploring Lake Mburo National Park, it is imperative that you are accompanied by an armed park ranger and guide. This precaution is especially important as leopards, known to be primarily nocturnal hunters, can often be spotted in the park at night. This is attributed to the presence of thousands of impalas, their favored prey, which abound within the park.
For the best chances of observing leopards, as well as other fascinating creatures like bush pigs, hyenas, and the elusive jennets and white-tailed mongooses, it is recommended to embark on night game drives.
Although game drives and wildlife viewing are available year-round in Lake Mburo National Park, many travelers opt for the dry seasons (January-April and July-October) for an enhanced experience. Nonetheless, some adventurers find the wet seasons equally captivating. There is also a unique appeal to engaging in nocturnal wildlife viewing, offering a distinct perspective on the wilderness.
Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of south western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks and has key selling points. The national Park is the only park in Uganda with eland, impala and klipspringer. It is also home to the largest population of zebra in Uganda estimated at about 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopard found anywhere in Uganda( though they are rare).
The Park is inhabited by a diverse range of wildlife, including Buffalo, waterbuck, topi, and warthog. Additionally, one can often encounter Reedbuck, oribi, Hyena, genet, bush pigs, and white-tailed mongoose during night game drives. With an impressive count of 350 bird species, Lake Mburo National Park is a renowned birding haven in Uganda.
Traditionally, Lake Mburo National Park has served as a pivotal stopover for many visitors, providing an opportune pause in their journey to Western Uganda. This strategic location has made it an integral part of travel itineraries to the region.
To participate in a night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park, you must pay a fee of $30 per person in addition to the entrance fee. This fee is paid to the Uganda Wildlife Authority at the park headquarters or at the head office. Depending on luck, you will be able to spot lots of animals at night as they rest, move and feed in the Park. Contact us to book your safari to Lake Mburo national park.
Lake Mburo national Park has a variety of hotels/lodges where you can stay while on your safari. The accommodations ranges from camping to Budget to Luxury, you choice depends on your budget structure and interest. For budget lodges, we recommend Rwakobo rock lodge, Mpogo safari lodge, Lake Mburo safari lodge. For luxury and Midrange option, you can stay at Mihingo safari lodge. Accommodation reservation should be done in advance because most lodges sell out during the high season.
By Road: Lake Mburo National Park is located between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara close to the main south western road that links Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. It is 228 km drive from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park which takes you approximately 3-4 hours’ drive each way. The park can be accessed from various main gates which include Kyanyanshara Gate linking you to Mihingo Lodge, Akagate Gate and Sanga Gate which leads you to Rwakobo Rock Lodge. The park is close to the main road making it easy for accessibility you will need to follow sign posts of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
By Air; Flying Safari to Lake Mburo National Park is also available via charter and scheduled flights from Kajjansi and Entebbe International Airport, operators of these route include Aero Link Uganda and Fly Uganda among others. This however needs to be booked in advance given the fact the routing is mostly determined by the number of travelers aboard the flight, their destination and weather.
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