2 Days Uganda Safari Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park

On this 2 day, for Uganda short safari you will explore Lake Mburo National Park, the closest National Park to Kampala as well as the smallest savannah national park in Uganda. With an area of 370 square kilometers, Lake Mburo National Park is the only Uganda National Park that contains an entire Lake.

The park is characterized by a varied landscape of open savanna and acacia woodland, rock kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps, forest, and open water. The Park is home to several wild games including zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi, and reedbuck, and over 350 bird species. The bird population is also impressive including the rare Shoebill stork.

Lake Mburo is the only place in Uganda where Impala can be found and the best place to see large herds of Elands (Africa’s largest Antelopes). This short safari begins from Kampala, Uganda’s vibrant capital city, and journeys southwest. Along the way, we visit local markets including a drum market. When we reach the Equator we stop to take photos and test which way water drains from a bath here.

In the afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large hippo population. A boat trip on Lake Mburo is great fun.  Hippos and crocodiles are aplenty and with any luck, you might see a leopard coming down to the lake to drink. Trips take approximately 2 hours and can make a nice change from game drives in safari vehicles. 

Overnight accommodation options in Lake Mburo park include Mihingo Lodge, Rwakobo Rock, or Eagles Nest.

Day two of our Uganda Safari begins with a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park. Your guides point out the array of animals and plants found in this diverse Ugandan game reserve as you explore. Lake Mburo is home to zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi, and reedbuck.

Over 300 species of birds have been recorded within Lake Mburo and it is probably the best place in Uganda for acacia-associated birds. The permanent and seasonal wetland areas that connect the lakes are home to several papyrus endemic bird species including the papyrus gonolek, the blue-headed coucal, and the white-winged and papyrus yellow warblers.

Then we leave the national park and head back to Kampala or Entebbe, stopping for lunch at the Equator monument on the way. Optional activities – horse ride and Squad bikes.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Entebbe/ Kampala – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park – Drive to Entebbe/ Kampala

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Entebbe/ Kampala – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

0730 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel our safari driver-guide will meet and pick you up and proceed southwest of Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park. The journey will take approximately 3.5 hours.  The driving distance from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park is 270 km. You will stop over at the Equator for an opportunity to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.

Later continue through the savannah grasslands dotted with settlements, plantations, and several herds of local long-horned Ankole cattle endemic to this part of the country.

1130 Hours: Upon arrival at the park you will proceed with a game drive en route to the lodge. En route in the park, we might see Zebras, Elands, and Uganda Kobs among others.

1230 Hours: Check-in our accommodations then lunch follows with some rest time.

1400 Hours: Our afternoon begins with a boat ride for about 2 hours on Lake Mburo searching for wild animals in the water and along the shores. Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora.

The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. The wide variety of resident birds includes kingfishers, fish eagles, starlings, weavers, doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants, and even rare Shoebills.

In the late afternoon, we enjoy a game drive across the Lake Mburo savanna, through some acacia trees seeing an abundance of animals such as zebras, buffaloes, and a variety of antelopes.

1830 Hours: Return to the lodging for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:
Luxury Accommodation:
Mihingo Lodge, Mburo Eagles Nest, Lake Mburo Luxury Tented Camp, or Mantana Camp

Mid-Range Accommodation: Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwako Rock Lodge, or Arcadia Cottages
Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Rest Camp, Eagles Nest Mburo or Conservation Education Centre (Sanga)

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park – Drive to Entebbe/ Kampala

0700 Hours: Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge/ camp followed by a morning game drive in the rolling hills and open grasslands. The park’s varied habitats support 68 mammal species. Rarities include impala, which, in Uganda, only lives in Lake Mburo, and Burchell’s zebra and eland which are found only here and in Kidepo.

Other species include warthog, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, and reedbuck. Leopards and hyenas are also present while crocodiles and over 300 hippos are found in the lake.

Previously extinct in the park, lions have recently been sighted again. The park also offers activities such as nature walks, sport fishing, walks in Rubanga Forest, horseback riding, and quad biking. These need to be booked in advance. After the game drive, we exit the park and begin our journey back to Kampala.

1300 Hours: We have lunch in Masaka town, stop at the Equator that runs through Uganda and visit the famous Baganda drum makers located a short distance away.

1800 Hours: We arrive late afternoon in Kampala and drop you off at your hotel/ residence.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Days Uganda Safari Lake Mburo National Park Prices

2 Days Uganda Safari Lake Mburo National Park Rates Includes:

Extensive Game drives + 3 meals included while on safari + All applicable game park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with an open-top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Choice of accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park + Guaranteed departures for 1 or more passengers booking this safari & Round trip transport from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park – Kampala & Multi-lingual Professional Safari Guide/ Driver

Dates From Dates To Adult Price

Children Aged
3 to 11 Years

1st Jan 2023

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* Includes an Equator stop visit + a Boat ride on Lake Mburo Lunch on the way back to Kampala and a stop at  the Buganda Drum makers village

2 Days Uganda Safari Lake Mburo National Park Rates Do Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Accommodations in Kampala
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such as traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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