Things to Do
The park has a network of game drive tracks. The wildlife densities will vary depending on the time of year, plus the lack of elephant is allowing thick scrub to grow where once there were grassy plains. However, each drive normally has a great chance of finding substantial concentrations of impala, zebra, waterbuck, topi and buffalo. The re-introduced giraffe are more commonly seen from the Kazuma and Ruroko tracks. You may also see the shy eland, who now number over 100.
It is now also possible to experience the park in darkness on two to three hour night game drives. These normally start about 6:30pm and are a wonderful way to see nocturnal animals like bushbabies and potto, plus leopard and hyena at their most active.
In Mburo, the whole park is available to explore on foot, as long as you take a guide with you. Favourite trails are to the salt lick at Rwonyo, the lake shorelines, Rubanga Forest and viewpoint hill tops.
Walks are the most exciting way to discover the park because visibility is often restricted by the undergrowth and it is difficult to see buffalo holding their ground or hyena loping back to their dens after a night on the prowl. Walks are also the best way for birders to track down the more elusive species.
Taking to the water is always a welcome, peaceful, part of any safari. You escape the dust and the tsetse flies and see life in the bush from another angle.
A 90 minute morning boat safari takes you along the shore of Lake Mburo, including sightings of crocodile, buffalo, hippo, kingfishers, fish eagles and hammerkops. The boat safaris start at 8am and depart every two hours until 4pm.
The acacia woodland and wetlands of Mburo make it a popular destination for birders. Searching by vehicle and on foot, sightings are also facilitated by viewing platforms constructed within the forest and by salt-licks. The swampy valleys of Waruki and Miriti, plus the roadsides approaching the jetty provide the best birding spots. Species seen here include the Rufous-bellied heron, bateleur, black-bellied bustard, and the red-faced barbet, the latter found only in Lake Mburo National Park.
Mburo is the only place in which you can ride horses in a national park in Uganda. Operating out of the Mihingo Lodge stable, all abilities and ages are catered for. Buffalo and zebra react very differently to a human on horseback and so this is a special way to move among the wildlife. The rides last for four hours and often include hill-top sundowners or bush breakfasts.
Rwakobo Rock maintains a good selection of well-maintained mountain bikes and offers guided rides through the savanna that borders the park. This is the perfect way to burn off some energy while also enjoying wildlife and meeting members of the local community.