Masaka - Mbarara

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 3 days
Maximum number of people: 60
Location: Lake Mburo NP
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Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
At 260 square kilometres (100 sq. mi), the park is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks.
The Lake Mburo National Park is named after the lake which falls in this territory.
Its sculptured landscape, with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores has a varied mosaic of habitats; forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps, and rich acacia-woodland, and grassy valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife.
Being near the equator, the rainfall pattern is bimodal, with the long rains occurring from February to June, and the short rains from September to December.
This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of Impalas (the antelope from which Kampala is named after), plains zebras, Uganda kobs, duikers, bushbucks, topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, Defassa waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species. The vegetation is mainly open savannah of acacia trees, olea and boscia. Lake Mburo NP is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffaloes come to drink during the dry season. The wide variety of resident birds includes finfoots, malachite kingfishers, pied kingfishers, African fish eagles, Rüppellas long-tailed starlings, blue-headed coucals, tambourine doves, hammerkops, pelicans, herons, cormorants, red-faced barbets, grey crowned cranes, papyrus yellow warblers and even rare shoebills.
Access to the park is by Masaka-Mbarara Road from Kampala.
Driving time to Lake Mburo National Park is around 4 hours.
There are 76 mammal species recorded, including buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys, leopards. 115 bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite and crowned crane. Mgahinga hosts a population of golden monkeys and a few families of mountains gorillas.
This park was once a home to the mountain gorillas but then they migrated to Rwanda in the Volcanoes.
As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s first people.
You only have time on weekends? Within about 4 hours from Kampala lies one of the smaller national parks of Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park.
Every Saturday we have a departure!
Ideal for a weekend of adventure.
Because poaching is almost done, this park has a lot of animals within her boundaries. It is the only park in Uganda where impalas live. During game drives you will see plains zebra, one of the largest antelopes in Africa the eland, lots of bushbuck, Defassa waterbuck, topi, common duiker, warthogs and smaller mammals like dwarf mongoose and marsh mongoose. After an absence of years lions can be found again, but you need a lot of luck to see them. Leopard and spotted hyena are also residents of the national park. Lots of birds can be found too during a game drive in the park. In the papyrus swamps the mysterious shoebill breeds and the shores of Lake Mburo belong to the best places in Uganda to see the African finfoot. So, don’t forget to make a boat trip on the lake.
Our Nature Lodges accommodation Mburo Eagles Nest is situated on a hill top, just outside the park. Have a drink and watch the animals on the slopes of the hill. Unforgettable.
• On top of a hill, with a stunning view of Lake Mburo, you will stay in Eagles Nest Lodge (part of Nature Lodges)
• You can choose “Lazy” camping (the tent is ready and fully equipped, showers and toilets are shared) or a room in the Lodges.
• All accommodation is on BB basis.
• All transport is in 4WD Landcruisers with a pop-up roof and for everybody a comfortable window seat.
• Gamedrives and walks in the park, see lions, leopards, giraffes, Ugandan kobs, elephants, shoebill storks, etc.
• Boatride on Lake Mburo, see the animals at the waterfront

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