Car Rental Lake Mburo W/Driver-guide Or Self-drive Hire

Car Rental Lake Mburo National Park: Get the best rental deals on Lake Mburo Car rentals with a w/driver-guide or for a self-drive with rooftop tents for a camping tour.4×4 Self Drive Uganda hires out its cars to travellers who want to self-drive to Lake Mburo National Park at their convenience.

We also offer the best car rental services in Lake Mburo, such as a car with a driver’s guide, a long-term car rental for extended vacations or a one-way car rental(at an additional cost), so that you don’t have to drop the car back to your initial pick up point, as well as 24/7 road service.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest Savannah National Park in Uganda which is strategically located in Kiruhura District, close to the highway that connects Kampala to the Western National Parks of Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is about 240 km from Kampala and 30 km from Mbarara.

Lake Mburo National Park inhabits 350 species of birds, while wildlife games include zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.

The Park covers an area of 370 square kilometres, whose altitude lies ranges between 1,220m – 1,828m above sea level.

Lake Mburo among other 13 lakes forms part of the 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp, with 5 lakes lying within the borders of the park. Lake Mburo National Park is now covered with woodland as if there are no elephants to tame the vegetation, Although it was once covered by Open Savannah. The savanna is scattered with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes in the Western region of the park

How To Get to Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is just a 3-4 hour drive from Kampala’s capital city. The park lies between Masaka and Mbarara in Western Uganda.

There are two roads leading to Lake Mburo National park,  that is to say, the first one branches off Masaka – Mbarara road leading to Sanga gate,-37km east of Mbarara, and the other will help you to enter via the Nshara gate which is 20km from Lyantonde and 50km to Mbarara.

Whereas on the other hand, one can use public means where you will board a bus to sanga town and hire a private taxi to take you to Lake Mburo national park, thus a 4×4 rental fleet with 4WD would be required.

When to visit Lake Mburo National Park Uganda.

Lake Mburo National can be visited all year round, but the dry months of June, July, August, December, January and February are the best time for wildlife viewing, because most animals gather around the lake. and swamps

Top Activities and attractions

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Horse Back Riding

Don’t miss out on this amazing and exciting opportunity while on our 4×4 self-drive Uganda safari because this ride changes the whole feeling of lake Mburo national park. Pack your 4×4 vehicle aside and enjoy your awesome ride on a horse. You can also opt for horseback riding where you come into close contact with the elands as well as Buffalos. Lake Mburo national park is the only park where you enjoy your amazing horse ride. Without the noise of an engine, you can hear so much more and you feel part of nature.

Riding a horse means you often get the chance to see the more timid animals. The horseback safaris are run by Mihingo Safari Lodge which has about seven horses and four ponies. Each horseback safari trip can have a maximum of 6 participants or riders, so you do not have to be worried about the experience being crowded. and are always arranged according to your riding ability, and weight. Horse riding is so exhilarating that even a person with a maximum weight of 85 kg can be able to ride as the ride always lasts for 4-5 hours.

9 out of the 13 communities that have been identified under lake Mburo National Park, by the UCOTA in Partnership with Uganda wildlife Authority, were trained under the African Wildlife Foundation, and its partner programmes tourism for diversity. The group went through five modules; Community based tourism Concept development, community tourism operation planning, Community tourism Business planning, Community tourism marketing and sales, and product development, and community tourism tour and interpretive gaining, after which they obtained certificates.

Immerse yourself into these cultural experiences  so as enjoy true Ugandan safari encounters, such as;

  • The Ankole Community cultural tourism group will take you through the process of Milk chumming and ghee-making safari as well as village walks,
  • The Igongo cultural institute gives a safari of the cultural museum  giving the cultural history of Western Uganda
  • Join the Ekitaguriro dance-the ancient Banyakole cultural dance that is performed by the Rwabarata drama group.
  • You can also engage in making handcrafts with the Rwammuhuka handcraft, makers or buys some handcraft for your family which will always remind you about the Ugandan Culture.
  • Spend a night at the Ssana  community lodge which offers basic accommodation facilities as well as accommodation
  • Learn the African traditional way of fishing with the Rubale fishing Community who always give fishing adventures as well as traditional fishing processing.
  • Despite the modern way of beekeeping,  the Marsha community wildlife forum also showcases their traditional method of beekeeping through the beekeeping tour.

Boat Cruise

Get into close contact with the park’s flora and fauna as you will be able to see, that most of the animals at the banks include large herds of wild animals such as buffaloes that evoke awe and wonder in equal measure. Not far away, the crocodiles and hippos on the marshy edges of the lake seem unbothered by the intrusion, not forgetting the night game drives where you can spot nocturnal animals

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Take on another exciting way of adventuring and experiencing the nature around lake Mburo as well as its surrounding. These local bicycling safaris are operated by the Rwakobo Rock and have been taken by many visitors who travel to Lake Mburo national park. With the combination of game viewing, you will be able to ride for at least an hour, with incredible encounters with Buffaloes, antelopes, and Zebras among others.

Sport Fishing

Lake Mburo is one among the five fishing spots within the park, out of the 12 existing lakes in the park region. All visitors obliged to the catch will later arrange to have it at their respective hotels. Lake Mburo contains 6 fish species with tilapia being the commonest, and the activity is done at Mazinga. This can only be a success i you come along with your fishing equipment and purchase a permit at lake Mburo National park. Come and  make your catch

Bird Watching

Among the birds which can be found here include the Red-faced Barbet, only seen in Lake Mburo, the endemic African Finfoot and the rare Shoebill. Other key species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged Warbler, among others

Game Drives

Enjoy your fantastic game drive at the park with great sightings of animals like buffaloes, Giraffes, warthog, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and reedbuck. Leopards and hyenas are also present. The park’s varied habitats support 68 mammal species. Rarities include impala, which, in Uganda, only lives in Lake Mburo, and Burchell’s zebra and eland which are found only here and in Kidepo.

Nature Guided Walks

Don’t miss the most interesting walks to the Rubanga forest which is every traveller’s dream to Lake Mburo. Walks at the park are open to all travellers as long as there is a guide. From the western side, the walk often starts at 7:00 am and lusts for about 2 hours, during which you will have great opportunities of encountering hyenas as they return to their dens, as well as the hippos as they retreat into the lake, not forgetting the salt lake at Rwonyo side.

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