Walk amongst the zebra's in Lake Maburo National Park
Lake Mburo is the closest national park to Kampala, so a great first stop on your safari in Uganda on your way south west to Lake Bunyonyi or Bwindi forest to track the gorilla's. Also, its a great weekend getaway from Kampala. Lake Mburo is also the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks – but don’t let its size fool you. This park is home to nearly 350 bird species as well as zebras, giraffe, impala, eland, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyenas, and more. Because this park is low in predators, some people often skip over it. However, this makes the park much safer for adventurous walks through the savannah.
What to see and do in Lake Mburo Park
Lake Mburo National Park is covered with extensive acacia woodlands and dotted with many lakes. It is the best places in Uganda to see the giant eland antelope as well as hundreds of zebras. You can enjoy guided walking safaris (organised by Rwakobo Rock, Mihingo Lodge or by the park rangers), game drives & night game drives (great to spot leopards, and one of the few parks where night game drives are allowed), boat trips (not so scenic) and horseriding organized through Mihingo Lodge.
How to get to Lake Mburo National Park
When you start your roadtrip in Uganda from Kampala, Lake Mburo is reached in 5-6 hours. Good stops on the way are at the Equator (you cross from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere) where you find some cafe's and Masaka town to fuel up your car, buy some refreshments or have a relaxing break at Villa Katwe, Plot 99.
Although Lake Mburo National Park is suitable to explore with a Toyota RAV4, some stretches along the main dirt road (where Rwakobo Rock is located) towards the park entrance can get very swampy and washed away after rains. But getting stuck in the mud from time to time, is part of the adventure, isn't it.
How much is the entrance fee for Lake Mbuo Natioanl Park
The entrance fees of all Ugandan Parks are kept up to date on Roadtrip Uganda's website, and can be find in the Before You Travel section, National Parks.
If you’re looking for walking safari in Uganda, Lake Mburo should not be skipped on your road trip. The park lies en-route in between Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kampala. If you’d like to get off your feet, there are also options to see the park by horseback or on mountain bikes.
Accomodation tips for Lake Mburo National Park
There a wide variety of accommodations to stay in Lake Mburo National Parks, ranging from a patch of grass for the budget camper (UWA public campsite 3) to the super deluxe Mihingo Lodge where you wish you had spent your honeymoon, although I experienced it is also a great place to be with your best friends! ( see picture below)..
Roadtrip Uganda's favourite places to stay in Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo UWA Campsite - $
Nothing fancy, but a good budget option to pitch your tent right at the shore of Lake Mburo. Guaranteed warthogs and hippos in the vicinity.
Eagle's Nest - $
Eagle's Nest is located on a hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park commanding great views of the park. Accommodation is in no frills, self contained, safari tents.
Rwakobo Rock - $$ + $$$
A long term favourite for many Roadtrippers on a self drive safari is a stay at the friendly Rwakobo Rock. It is a mid-range eco-lodge, nestled high on a scenic rock outcrop at the edge of Lake Mburo National Park.They have spacious and secluded cottages and more budget rooms.
Mihingo Lodge -$$$
Mihingo is an exclusive, family owned retreat in a magical setting within Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, you can enjoy spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape from your infinity pool.