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1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip, Wildlife, Equator Visit, Birds & Scenery

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari Game Viewing Tour, Lake Mburo National Park Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tour

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip – TRIP OVERVIEW.

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda is an amazing one-day Uganda wildlife safari to Lake Mburo National which is the smallest Uganda National Park and, closest to Kampala with 240km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive time. Lake Mburo Park has wonderful animal biodiversity such as Giraffes, Elland, Impala, Topi, Zebras, Wathogs, Leopards, Kobs, etc., lots of birds like, and breathtaking scenic landscapes.

The 1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda features a game drive in the savannah plains and a boat cruise on Lake Mburo National Park. This 1 day Lake Mburo trip has been designed to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala City into a serene place that is only 240km (3-4 hours) away from Kampala. Lake Mburo Park harbors several wildlife species not observed elsewhere in Uganda.

The Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the traditional rangelands of the Bahima pastoralist and has an extensive savannah that initially supported the count of the Ankole long-horned cattle before it was gazetted to support a range of wild animals.

This Park is 370 km2 and is the only place in Uganda that supports a population of Impala, one of Africa’s most elegant antelopes, after which Kampala city is named. Lake Mburo National Park harbors a population of more than 30,000 impalas. Lake Mburo Park is also where you will see thousands of Burchell’s Zebras.

Other mammals in this Park include Buffalos, Defassa waterbucks, Bushbucks, Common duikers, Bohor reedbucks, Oribis, Klipspringer, Hippos,  plus much more as the checklist of Mammals reaches 68 species. You will also see a variety of bird species since Lake Mburo NP is home to 350 bird species.

This amazing 1 day Lake Mburo safari game viewing tour also includes 15 15-minute break at the equator for photoshoots. The tour starts and ends in Kampala.

Top Mammals To See on The 1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip:

  • Rothschild Giraffes
  • Burchell’s Zebras/Plains Zebras
  • Cape Buffalos
  • Common Elands
  • Topis
  • Impalas
  • Oribis
  • Defassa Waterbucks
  • Bushbucks
  • Hippopotamus
  • Leopard
  • Common Warthogs

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1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

Game drive

Boat cruise on Lake Mburo

Uganda Equator crossing experience at Kayabwe

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Lake Mburo National Park

Uganda Equator Crossing at Kayabwe

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda TripSAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Have an early morning breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala or Entebbe
  • Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Make a 15-minute stop at the equator.
  • Undertake a game drive and boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Drive back to Kampala or Entebbe

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari in Uganda Trip DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop at the Uganda Equator En Route.

This 1 day Lake Mburo Safari game viewing tour in Uganda starts after an early breakfast preferably at 6.30 a.m. at your place of stay in Entebbe or Kampala after which you embark on a 240km (3-4 hours) drive to Lake Mburo National Park in the southwest of Uganda.

Drive through Uganda towns and villages enjoying the colorful scenery of the ‘Pearl of Africa’ accentuated with hues of green.

Stopover at the Uganda Equator crossing: You have a very short break after driving 77km from Kampala (about 15 minutes) at the Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe which is a renowned site for photography since most of the travelers prefer taking pictures with one leg in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Here take some photos and stretch your legs.

There are also geographical experiments that can be carried out for keen geographers to demonstrate the geographical separation of the two hemispheres, but you may not have much time for polar water experiments. You retreat from this break and continue on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Upon arrival, you head to the park office as you view the game and birds. At the park office, you are assigned an Uganda Wildlife Authority armed guide.

Game drive: Go for a three hours game drive that offers fantastic views of Burchell’s Zebras/Plains Zebras, Rothschild’s Giraffes, Common Elands (the world’s second-largest antelope, second to the Giant eland), Impala (only found here in Uganda), Cape Buffalos, Common warthog, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck, and Reedbuck.

Of course, there are birds here too! Over 350 species have been recorded in the park with some rare and endemic species. Some of the top birds you search for are the endemic Red-faced Barbet, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-winged Tit and Yellow-breasted Apalis among other birds.  Retreat from the activity for relaxation and lunch.

Boat cruise on Lake Mburo: After lunch, connect to Rwonyo jetty for an afternoon 2-hour boat cruise on Lake Mburo. In addition to the attractive scenery and simple pleasure attached to being on the water, this thrilling afternoon boat ride offers reliable and spectacular sightings of hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, waterbucks, and bushbucks.

You can also look out for the three species of otters that inhabit the lake. Several waterbirds including African fish eagles, Kingfishers, Egrets, and Herons can all be seen on the lake while Ross’s turaco and Narina trogon are frequently seen in lakeside thickets.

Lake Mburo is also a great place in Uganda to see the elusive African Finfoot, which is generally associated with still water below overhanging branches

Drive back to Kampala: Retire from the encounter, and say farewell to the great staff in the Lake Mburo National Park as you depart to Kampala. You will be in Kampala in the evening.

The highlight of the day: – The rewarding game drive and afternoon boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park.

Meal Plan: – Lunch

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 240km or 3 – 4 hours

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo
  • Photoshoots at the Equator
  • Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
  • Drive back to Kampala

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day:-

  • Horseback safaris
  • Game walking safari in Lake Mburo NP
  • Sportfishing on Lake Mburo
  • Birding in Lake Mburo
  • Cycling tour in Lake Mburo
  • Visit Igongo Cultural Centre and Museum
  • Banyankore community visit
  • Visit Mpambire drum village

Getting There

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English-speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari

1 Day Lake Mburo Safari − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of a personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
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