Horseback riding in Lake Mburo national park is an adventurous way to feel part of nature as you get so close to wildlife while on Uganda Safari without noise. Horse riding allows you get a close range view of even the shy animals like elands and Zebra that come near the horses to see their fellows with no strips without getting scared.
Riding Horse allows you to go off the usual game tracks into the savanna plains to see animals at a close view without the engine noise but rather the beautiful whispers of the wild. Horse riding Safari allows you to see the beautiful park with its lakes, rolling hills, valleys and the animals that call it a home.
Lake Mburo national park is the smallest savanna national park and the closest park to the capital city of Uganda. It’s an adventurous park with 6 lakes, rolling hills, swamps and great wildlife. The animals that can be spotted are giraffes, zebras, oribis, impalas, bushbucks, elands and many more. Lake Mburo is also a home to over 350 bird species and with your binoculars you will be assured of seeing some of these.
Riding a horse in Lake Mburo national park can be done by both the learners and those that are good at horse riding since your assigned a well experienced horse riding guide to help you enjoy the ride safely so no previous experience with horses is needed.
Horseback riding in Lake Mburo is run by Mihingo Safari lodge a luxury lodge in Lake Mburo park and it started in 2008 with horse riding outside the park but were later allowed to operate horse riding within the park in 2009. Different routes have been located and visitors are always advised on the routes to take depending on the ability to horse ride. For experienced riders there is a 4-5hour ride that goes up Warukiri hills found in the middle of the park and from high up the hills you get amazing 360 degree views of the park and the surrounding valleys and hills. From the Warukiri range of hills you get to see at least 9 out of the 12 lakes around Lake Mburo national park and trust me the views are spectacular.
The horses in the park are of thorough bred, Ethiopian, Kenyan and home bred. The thorough bred is the strongest carrying up to 95kg and the rest are able to carry up to 85kg so all visitors interested in horse riding are always weighed first to ensure that horses are not damaged from carrying heavy weight.
There are safety precautions taken where every person going for horse riding is provided with adjustable helmets, English style saddles, riding chaps, stirrups and trail saddles.
Horse Riding in Lake Mburo National Park
The visitors are advised to wear long trousers, long sleeved shirts and strong shoes preferably with a heel. Only 6 people are allowed at a time to go horse riding and these are accompanied by at least one or two experienced horse guides.
There are two horse riding sessions per day and also overnight horse rides are possible. The horses are cared for by well trained staff and they live in clean open aired stables that have many padlocks around them where the horses feed and run around. The horses feed out on fresh grass with other wild animals and then locked in the stable boxes in the evening for protection against the hyenas. Therefore, this means horses are always in good condition for the activity.
Horse riding is also affected by the weather so the most appropriate time to go for horse riding would be in wet season where the vegetation grows and animals graze in the nearby savannah plains where they are easily seen grazing.
Horse riding lasts from 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on the visitor’s choice. Bookings can be done prior arrival but it’s always good to book while at Mihingo lodge already since there is need to weigh the visitors and also the health of the animals is not guaranteed.