Lake Mburo reviews
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Scenic, small park of important biodiversity. No elephants or rhinos.
Lake Mburo is one of Uganda's nearest conservation areas surrounded by lakes, marshy areas rivers, beautiful wildlife and an angelic environment, a number of exciting activities including game drives, horse back riding, guided nature walks, boat rides do take place in the park.
Lake Mburo National Park is a better point to spot wildlife without fear in fact one can go close to game on horses organized by Mihingo Lodge in the park.
This national park is the smallest in Uganda, but there zebras and giraffes. At the lake you can do a boat trip. Mountain biking is possible as well. We saw a group with bikes. At Eagles Nest we had a great view over the park.
Lake Mburo National Park is well-located between Entebbe and Bwindi and makes a good stop to avoid a really long drive. The park has no lions or elephants so it is perhaps not as exciting in a large animal aspect. It does have giraffes, Burchell's zebra and impala, which are not seen in many places in Uganda. Other species that are resident here include warthogs, hippo, buffalo, bushbuck, defassa waterbuck, eland and topi. These are all plentiful. There are also baboons, monkeys and are many birds. A night game drive can yield hyena, leopard and other nocturnal species. As there are no lions, it is possible to do a walking safari anywhere in the park, which is a nice experience.
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Ugandas savannah park. It is named after a Lake which lies in the park. It offers some of the best experiences of wild Uganda recommended that you stay longer than two days. The vegetation ranges from Savannah, woodland, rock ridges, acacia, wetlands which provide different activities to the visitors. You have opportunities for nature walks, forest walks, game drives, boat safari, sport fishing, mountain biking and horse rides. The range of bird life is a whopping 300 species with some of the rare birds including; Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Red necked Spur, Common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Bee-eaters and the Cheeky bronze-tailed starling, crowned crane etc. Zebras are some of the most beautiful animals you will enjoy in this park they are always ready for photo sessions. Lake Mburo is also home to a lonely Lion consider yourself lucky to find see it. More large mammals that are easier to see include; Leopards, Hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Impala (only found here in Uganda), Eland, Crocodiles, Hippos and Buffaloes. This little park is a beautiful gem. Activities include one can do include; Bird Watching, Game drives, Boat Safari, Nature Hikes, Forest Walks, Squad biking, Horseback Safaris, Sport fishing, Community walks and Cultural experiences.
While in Lake Mburo National Park, try out horseback game viewing! it is extremely beautiful. It can be a ride or a walk on a horse depending on ones riding experience, either way it is the most unique way to view game with greater chances of getting really up-close with the animals. For experienced riders, the ride takes about 4 - 5 hours in the Warukiri plain offering spectacular views of the park. During the ride you sometimes see eland, zebra, warthog, topi, impala, bush buck, water buck and buffalo. You can even tell the most emotional or timid animal. Some animals don't just run away like it is when in the car, here you get some animals especially the zebra excited and willing to welcome the visitors little do they know that a visit is not a just a horse, but a horse and a human being.
Lake Mburo (370sq km) is one of Uganda's smallest but bio-packed with zebras, elands, shoe-bill storks, crocodiles and African Finfoot that cant be missed!
Lake Mburo National Park is Ugandas smallest park which can be easily accessed by road from Kampala; the drive can take 4 hours. Lake mburo is a savannah national park underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the parks borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes. The highlight here is the beautiful Zebras. The subspecies of zebra that can be found here is the Burchells zebra (also known as plains zebra) and in Uganda it can only be seen in Lake Mburo NP and Kidepo Valley NP. This type of zebra is the most common subspecies and it has its name after the explorer and biologist William John Burchell. For me the stripes of the zebras make them look like a creature straight out of a fairytale and a bit mysterious. Every zebra has a unique stripe pattern and this can be used by scientist to identify them. There are several theories on why zebras have stripes for example that it is a way to disguise in tall grass, that it is a motion camouflage to confuse a predator during a hunt or that it has a social purpose so that they can identify each other. The zebras are social animals that live in groups called harems with a leading stallion surrounded by his mares and offspring or bachelor groups consisting of younger males. During a game-drive in Lake Mburo National Park you should be able to spot several of these beautiful animals. 3 Days Safari run by Katona Tours and Travel (http://www.katonatours.com)
One of Uganda's smallest savannah parks but with lots of wonders and adventure, the amazing Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in Western Uganda,East-Africa The park's well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope,topi, impala, buffaloes and various acacia-associated birds. Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes found in the park and attracts large numbers ofhippos, crocodiles and several water birds. Enjoy bird watching, game viewing, boat riding on Lake Mburo and sport fishing. Visit Uganda also known as Pearl of Africa and Visit Lake Mburo for a Perfect trip/adventure...