Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

Midway between Bwindi and Entebbe are the grasslands, wetland and acacia habitats of Lake Mburo national park. You will see elands- largest antelope, impalas, giraffe, zebras, buffalo. There are chances of spotting leopard and hyenas on a night drive.

Look for wildlife in a vehicle, on foot, on a mountain bike, aboard a boat and on horse back. Find rare, papyrus endemic birds in the wetland margins of Lake Mburo.

It is possible to do an on-foot game walking safari with a ranger. This will give you an opportunity to get up close with grazing antelopes and zebra and also so many birds. You will return to the lodge for breakfast. it’s possible to explore the park on a horseback. You will be led by experienced rangers through the park trails.

Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

Game drives

Lake Mburo hosts 68 mammal and 350 bird species in high concentration.  With a growing giraffe family and a healthy hippo population, you just might be surprised at all the wildlife this little park packs in.

Night game drives

Lake Mburo national park is so far one of the best places for clients to search for nocturnal wildlife in the park such as the elusive leopard, porcupine, white-tailed mongoose, and not the forgetting the sounds of wild animals like hyenas, zebras, buffalos, and bush babies.

Walking safaris

The Park is open to all visitors who intend to do guided nature walking safaris and is usually conducted along with an armed park ranger guide. From Rwonyo the park center, the guided walks take you to the salt lick presumably the best places for numerous  At the salt licks, wildlife/ animals parade themselves to enjoy the taste of the salty licks made up of water and soil.

Boat ride

Another rewarding activity one ought to look for, when they are in Lake Mburo national park is a boat cruise. The cruise on the lake equally guarantees one a view of the amazing flora and fauna at the national park alongside wildlife such as crocodiles,  hippos, and bird species such as African fish eagles, pelican, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare African finfoot, and hammerkops. It’s also realized that during the dry seasons, some wildlife also in frequent habitats o the water areas some of which include buffaloes and antelopes.

Horse riding

Lake national park is the ability for one to carry out a game viewing exercise while riding a horse. The fascinating activity gives the park a distinction from the rest of the country’s national park as horse riding while viewing wildlife can only be done at Lake Mburo national park the activity is done at Mihingo lodge under the guidance of trained staff in conjunction with the park rangers.

Cycling  tours

Cycling tours are permitted in the park with ranger guides and is one of the best activities to do while visiting Lake Mburo national park and one can imagine being near giraffes, Zebras or impalas on a bike.

Community visits

The people living near the park are largely cattle keepers and you can arrange visits to visit to interact with some family members and see how they live their lives near the park.

Birding safaris

The large variety of habitats in Lake Mburo National Park supports over 350 bird species including rare, but regularly seen species like African finfoot and white-backed heron. If you are able to call the papyrus Gonolek using a recorded bird call, it will come to the edge of the papyrus, and otherwise, this papyrus endemic species is rarely seen. If you are lucky you might see a shoebill and in the rainy season, the grey-crowned cranes breed and raise their fluffy chicks in the swampy areas of the valleys.

Where To Stay?

The park has a range of mid-range, budget to luxury accommodation from which one can choose. There are also campsites available.

Luxury option

Mihingo lodge

Mihingo is a luxurious, family-owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape.  Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation, and the experience of being at one with nature.

An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bushbuck, and zebra can be seen at the waterhole.  On the rocks, you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers.

Comfort option.

Rwakobo Rock

Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 14 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranchlands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.

Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala, and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.

Budget Standard option

Eagles nest.

Located on a high hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park, this tented camp has not only one of the best views in Uganda; it is also the ultimate African canvas experience.

Every safari tent has its own veranda, overlooking the park. The bathrooms are real bush experiences: we fill the shower upon your request and the toilet is a new eco-friendly invention. For dinner, we prepare a wood fire and use the big African Potjies. The real African feeling!


Hyena Hill Lodge is situated close to Sanga gate with beautiful views of Lake Mburo National Park. This newly opened lodge has comfortable cottages with a king size bed and private bathroom all with a breathtaking view of Lake Mburo National Park.

Best Time to Visit

The park can be visited at any time of the year. Game viewing is spectacular all year round and the access roads are perfect. It is a smooth tarmac road all the way from Kampala and a well-maintained graded Muram road takes you within and across the park.

During the dry seasons of June to September and December to February, animals gather around the water points especially the lake and swamps so they are easily located and seen in numbers. Many of them also visit the water holes near the various lodges so you see them from everywhere. When it comes to the wet seasons of November to December and March to May, larger numbers can be seen in open valleys and grazing fields as the grass blossoms.