Top 5 Safari Activities to Do in Lake Mburo national park at Mbogo Safari Lodge

Five lakes, Acacia woodland, an assortment of wildlife, woody gorges, and rocky ranges are a sneak peek at what Lake Mburo National Park is. Sights and sounds are not all this park has to offer but an experience that will stay with you for ages; an experience that can fit in a two-day safari or three-day safari if that is all you have to spare. It is the smallest park in Uganda with 260 square kilometer of acreage yet conveniently accessible and located close to many other sites worth visiting like the Igongo Cultural Center and the Equator. Have you packed your bags and set out to this picturesque site as your chosen destination? Well then, here are the top five activities for you to do at Lake Mburo National Park.

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Game drives and wildlife viewing Activities

The park is home to 69 mammal species among which are Antelopes, Common Duiker, Defassa Waterbuck, Bofor, Impalas, Buffalos, Bush pigs, Giraffes, Eland, and Zebras. You may explore the wild by hiking, on horseback a safari option only offered at Lake Mburo, bike riding through the rocky rough terrain or a day or nocturnal game drive. The beauty about the variety of means available to explore wildlife at this park, is that the adventure is not only in what you see but also how you see it. The biking safari is a challenging thrill for the cyclists because of the uneven terrain and the horse back safari is a welcome break from the sound of running engines.

Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

With 350 bird species found in Lake Mburo National Park, birding is a must do activity. The park is the smallest savannah park in Uganda but has a variety of birds that are easy to see. You have opportunities for forest birds, savannah birds and water birds on Lake Mburo. The birds in this park include; Red-winged Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Blue Quails, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbilll…

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Guided Nature walks Activities

The park has a bounty of tracks to tread on a nature walk provided you walk in the company of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority guide. With the hilly terrain of Lake Mburo National Park, a walk to the hilltops to get a panoramic view of the park is one of the nature walk trails available. If taken in the morning, you will chance upon hyenas heading back to their dens, colorful birds and butterflies flying fleetingly all over the park. For a morning nature walk, viewing animals at the salt lick is an ideal one hour experience. There is a safe platform from which to view and take photos without disrupting the animals into running away from sight.

A boat ride

Crocodiles crawling into the water, hippos dunking themselves in the lake to escape the heat at high noon, zebras, antelopes, and buffaloes coming for refreshment during the dry season are sights that await you while on a boat ride. Being up close with these animals in their habitat is one of the best experiences a boat ride can give. Remember to carry your binoculars and bird book because of the water birds in this vicinity. The no 1 attraction is the elusive African Finfoot and the beautiful Malachite Kingfisher & Pied Kingfisher fishing.

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While the Park is called Lake Mburo National Park, Mburo is not the only lake here. There are 5 lakes in total but Lake Mburo is the largest of them all. A safari to this lake-filled national park would be incomplete without a fishing expedition or experience. Mazinga has been set aside as the designated fishing spot because it is crocodile and hippo free. For one enthusiastic about sports fishing, it can be done here albeit with a license. The tilapia is a local favorite and one likely to be your catch among the 6 fish species in the lake. You could have your tilapia prepared for you at your place of residence while at the park.

Horseback Riding Activities

Horseback riding in Lake Mburo national Park is one of the unique and fascinating activities offered in the national park. Horseback riding is a very ancient form of people travelling on the back of a horse. Horseback riding in Lake Mburo national park involves tourists exploring the park on horseback. You will get a chance to ride on trials, discover beautiful landscapes in the park and view a wide variety of wildlife roaming the park’s savannah grasslands.

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Cycling Safari In Lake Mburo National Park

Cycling is among the many safari activities that take place in Lake Mburo National Park and visitors enjoy it as they make en route stop overs. The parks provides a number of activities that include biking,  nature walk, horseback riding, bird watching, sport fishing, game drive, boat cruise and among others. Looking at cycling specifically, visitors use bicycles to explore the park. In order to enhance your wildlife Safari you can do cycling activity. The Park covers an area of 370sq km and thus being small in size but famous for unique wildlife experience. It attracts many travelers to come to Uganda and witness wildlife and do cycling.

The Cultural Experience Activities

UCOTA is in partnership with UWA which is Lake Mburo National Park in the last year and over 13 community groups have been identified around Lake Mburo National park these would be trained under the African wildlife Foundation and its partner’s program, tourism for the biodiversity. These groups were also taken through the five module training; community-based tourism concept development, community tourism Operations planning, community tourism business planning, community tourism marketing, and sales and product development as well as community tourism tour planning and interpretive guiding.

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