Lake Mburo National Park
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Bird Watching, Primates, Nature Walks and Community walks
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was created in 1991 and covers an area of 331 Sq. km. It is a home to a half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas of which its encounter and eye contact is the most exiting experience during the visit. With its mist covered hills, this Impenetrable Forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rain forest with over 400 species of plants, It lies on the edge of the rift valley in southwestern Uganda and protects at least 120 species of mammals, 346 species of Birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos among many endangered species. It is a UNESCO designated world heritage site popular for hosting Mountains Gorillas and Chimpanzees of which the two Great African apes are listed as endangered animal in the IUCN Red Data Book.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers Gorilla trekking as major tourist attraction with 4 gorilla trekking Zones/ trail heads. There are over 12 Mountain gorilla families that have been habituated and are open for 8 tourists per day per gorilla family. Forest trails in the park lead to various attractions including Waterfalls, rivers, swamps and high level of wildlife concentration.
Attractions in Lake Mburo
The eastern hinterland of Lake Mburo is served by a network of game tracks along which a variety of savannah animals and birds can be sighted, Impalas are the most commonly seen along the Impala track while Zebras frequently seen in the grassy valley floors traversed by the Zebra track. This connects to the Ruroko track which passes rock kopjes, home to the elusive Klipspringer.
In the south of the park the lake side track passes through dense woodland that is the home to bushbuck and bush duikers, to Kigarama hill which provides a panoramic view of Lake Mburo. This lake and seven more can also be seen from the Kazuma lookout, close to Kazuma track.
The eastern shores of Lake Mburo can be explored by boat, departing from the jetty at the lakeside campsite near Rwonyo. Watch out for crocodiles and hippopotamus during the two hour voyage .You can also sight a variety of birds including pelicans, Herons, cormorant, African fish eagle, and the rare African finfoot and possibly shoebill storks. Fishermen with their own equipment may fish in the Lake from the Campsite upon arrangement.
Guided walks explore the park around Rwonyo, culminating in a visit to a natural salt lick frequented by the wildlife. Viewing is facilitated by a timber observation platform.
Rwonyo Rest camp
Rwonyo is the center of tourism activities in the park. The rest camp is the starting point for nature walks and game drives for those visitors staying nearby.
Though small, this tract of forest on the western side of Lake Mburo provides a taste of the tropical high forest with closed canopy and is the home to a variety of forest bird species, Rubanga can be explored with ranger guide on board.
Conservation Education Centre
The park has a Conservation Education Centre, 1km west of Sanga gate. This provides accommodation and an Education hall for school groups, visitors, seminars and workshops.
Activities in the Lake Mburo Park
Several activities can be conducted while in Lake Mburo national park. These include;
Nature walks: These are conducted on foot with the help of an armed ranger guide who explains to the visitors about various flora and fauna.
Game drives: Game drive is driving around the park in search of game animals and this is done in the visitors own vehicle.
Boat ride: Boat ride is also another interesting activity in Lake Mburo, a visitor gets a chance to see a variety of wildlife such as crocodiles, Hippopotamus, and birds like African fish eagle, African finfoot, water cormorants and different herons.
Horse Ride: Horse riding is conducted by Mihingo lodge inside the park while quad bikes riding are conducted by African All-Terrain vehicles (ATV). It gives spectacular view of the parks terrain and wildlife. Visitors can ride closer without the animals getting scared.
Accessibility to the park
Lake Mburo National park lies between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara in western Uganda. It is 228km from Kampala, this is about 4hours drive.
There are two gateways to the park from Mbarara road. Approaching from Kampala then turning to Nshara, gate is 13kms past Lyantonde. The Junction for Sanga gate is at Sanga trading Centre, 27kms past lyantonde.
Best time to visit
Lake Mburo national park is open to visitors and tourists pretty much all year round. The perfect time to visit however is September to March which is the dry season and catching sight of wildlife is much easier.