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1 Day Lake Mburo tour, Mini safari to Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo National Park habours several species not observed elsewhere in Uganda. It is the only place in Uganda to support a population of impala (from which Kampala city derives its name), and only one of the three protected areas countrywide where Burchell's zebra occurs, the other two being the far less accessible Kidepo and Pian-Upe. Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck, while the lake and lush fringing vegetaion support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush-pig and hippopotamus. Large herds of the majestic eland keep roaming the park. The sitatunga confines itself to the swampy areas of the park. Only two diurnal primates occur in Lake Mburo: the vervet monkey and olive baboon. Nocturnal calls of the spotted hyena can be heard through the night. Leopard, side-striped jackal and various smaller predators are also present, most visibly the white-tailed mongoose and three otter species resident in the lakes.
Itinerary for 1 day Lake Mburo Tour
Leave Kampala from your place of stay at 6 am. Drive to Lake Mburo, water provided by us along the way. Check into Park and go on a Drive of the Park viewing the animals and birds along the 3 hour drive with Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide. Fabulous views of Buffaloes, Zebras, Leopards, a variety of antelopes, warthogs, and one of the few places to view zebras in Uganda.
Lunch (not included on tour cost please) along the Lake (there are 5 lakes within the Park) and then a boat ride along the shore. View crocodiles and lots of hippos with a variety of birds to see. This is the highlight of your trip there today.
Afterwards, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey.
En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment', then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.
Other Lake Mburo National Park Safari Tour Packages
6days/ 5nights Uganda Gorilla trek and Game safari to Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi
Uganda Gorilla and wildlife safari package 5 days Uganda tour to do gorilla trek in Bwindi and wildlife viewing
8 days Safari Uganda Gorilla trek and Game safari to Lake Mburo, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
One of Uganda's smaller national parks extending over 260km˛ with 20% of the surface area as wetlands. The major of these is Lake Mburo which is part of the cluster of 14 lakes that feed River Rwizi. The reminder of the park mainly consists of open savannah and acacia woodland. In the western park, the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested godges, while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line the verges of the various lakes.
The park is bypassed by the majority of safaris and independent travellers despite its relative accessibility although it offers some excellent game viewing, and you are most likely to see a variety of different large mammals during day than you would see in any other Uganda national park.
Some 315 bird speceies have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia related species.
The Lake Mburo boat trip
This is the most popular activity in Lake Mburo National Park. You will have nice sightings of hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck, and bushbuck and any of the three otter species in the park. Water birds seen on the boat trip include the African fish eagle, marabou stork, Narina trogon. Lake Mburo is the easiest place in Uganda to see the elusive Afrrican finfoot, which is generally associated with still waters below overhanging branches.