Lake Mburo - zebra's, leopards and hippo's guaranteed

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Go on a walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

by Marin Ritmeijer

One of Uganda’s smaller National Parks, Lake Mburo is the closest to Kampala, and offers a refreshing stopover when traveling to or from the western parks.

It is covered with extensive acacia woodlands, and, although it enjoys much less rainfall than Kampala and the southwestern parts of Uganda, the area is dotted with many lakes. It is the best places in the country to see the giant eland antelope as well as hundreds of zebras. Since the summer of 2015, Lake Mburo is also home again for several giraffe families. In the park you can enjoy guided walking safaris (recommended), game drives & night game drives that we also recommend, boat trips (not so scenic) and horseriding organized through Mihingo Lodge. There is an UWA campsite at the lake shore, or you can stay in the upmarket Mihingo lodge,  mid-range Rwakobo Rock or budget Eagle's Nest. 

Lake Mburo National Park Entrance Fees

Like the other UWA managed national parks in Uganda, Lake Mburo is charged at $40 entrance fee for an non-resident adult (2018, rates). FOr more rates and up to date information, you can check the UWA visitors Tarriffs.

Lake Mburo National Park accommodation.

There a wide variety of accommodations to stay in Lake Mburo National Parks, ranging from a patch of grass for the budget camper (public campsite 3) to the super deluxe Mihingo Lodge where you wish you had spent your honeymoon!

Check our favourites!

Drinking a beer at Rwakobo Rock in Lake Mburo NP

Stunning Mihingo Lodge

Horseback riding safari

Leopard spotted on a night game drive

Zebra kabina (A kabina is the Luganda word for bum)

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

When you hire a car with us from Kampala, Lake Mburo is reached after 5 hours. Good stops on the way are at the Equator (you cross from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere) and at Masaka (for example Plot 99, or Villa Katwe) You will find the destination signposted on your left hand side on the Masaka - Mbarara Highway. Although Lake Mburo National Park is well suitable to explore with a Toyota RAV4, some stretches and swampy areas can become muddy and slippery! But what's a better  adventure than to be stuck in the mud from time to time? Check our fleet!


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