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3 Days Lake Mburo Safari, Boat Cruise, Game Drive & Game Walk

3 Days Lake Mburo Safari, Boat Cruise, Game Drive & Game Walk

3 Days

This 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari gives you the chance to experience one of the country’s most beautiful savannas. Lake Mburo National Park is about a three to four hour drive from Kampala, making it Uganda’s closest park to the capital. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah parks, but it boasts an incredible variety of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and its small size means you can access various areas of the park easily and discover a lot of what it can offer in a short time.

The park is great for grazing animals. The common animals to be seen on the day safari in Lake Mburo Park include Buffalos, zebras, impala, giraffes, warthogs, bushbucks, eland, and Topi.

There is only one lion in the park which is never seen (sometimes heard), however other predators like leopards and hyenas are abundant. And you stand a better chance of sighting these if you do a night safari. The biggest lake in the park, Lake Mburo, is home to hippos and crocodiles. Several water birds including the rare African Finfoot can also be sighted from the boat cruise on Lake Mburo.

Featured Safari Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Game walk/walking safari
  • Lake Mburo boat cruise
  • Igongo Cultural Centre Museum Tour
  • Traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre
  • Uganda Equator Experience

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park, Game Drive.

Day 2: Morning game walk & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo

Day 3: Have a Relaxed Breakfast &Visit Igongo Cultural Centre. Transfer back to Kampala via the Uganda Equator at Kayabwe.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Lake Mburo

Your short 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari begins today.

You will set off from Kampala or Entebbe at 8.00 am. From there, you will travel southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. The park is only 3 to 4 hour drive (240km) from Kampala making it the nearest park to Uganda’s capital city.

It covers an area of about 260 km2 (100 mile2) of wetland and Acacia dotted savanna grasslands. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within Lake Mburo National Park’s borders.

Upon arrival you will enjoy lunch and have some time to relax. In the late afternoon, you will start your safari experience in the Lake Mburo Park, driving through the tracks to watch the animals.

The park is home to 350 bird species as well as 68 species of mammals including, Plains Zebra, Impala (the only park in Uganda with this elegant antelope), Common Eland, African Buffalo, Oribi, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Spotted Hyena, Topi, Southern Reedbuck, and Banded, Slender and Dwarf Mongoose.

Optional Activity: Night Game Drive

A night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park opens up a whole new world of animal species (nocturnal). It is the best chance of seeing the elusive and solitary leopards, which come out to hunt at night. Keep your eyes peeled for glowing eyes in the dark as you could come across one of these unusual and stunning cats.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Game walk And boat cruise

After an early morning breakfast on day two of your 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari & Igongo Cultural Centre Tour, you will enjoy a nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park.

This is one of the most interesting game walks in the country, in a beautiful area with a knowledgeable guide.

On the walk you might see various species of primates, birds, antelopes like Common Eland, Waterbuck, Impala, Topi, Bushbuck and Klipspringer among others, as well as Hyena, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra and Warthog. All this in a beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great Acacia trees.

Some of the special birds you can look for include Grey Crowned Crane, Red-faced Barbet, Rufous-bellied Heron, African Marsh Harrier, Red-headed Lovebird, White-backed, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard; Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit, and African Finfoot.

After the walk, you will return to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. In afternoon, you shall do the boat ride on Lake Mburo which is the largest lake in the park and give the park its name. You will see crocodiles, hippos, and lots of birds and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

Optional Activities:

  • Cycling tour in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Horseback Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Community Village walks

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Visit Igongo Cultural Centre and back to Kampala

Your day three of the 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari & Igongo Cultural Centre Tour will start with a relaxed breakfast.

After breakfast, you will visit Igongo Cultural Centre to explore the cultural museum which has a collection of Art crafts and Photos that represent Norms, Customs and Traditions and the history of the people of South Western Uganda. Igongo also features a top restaurant, craft centers and shops.

You will also enjoy a traditional lunch before proceeding on a drive back to Kampala. Along the way, you will make a stop at the Ugandan Equator crossing at Kayabwe, where you can stand with one leg in the Northern hemisphere while the other remains in the Southern! It makes for great photographs and memories.

Accommodation: Not Included

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

End Of The Safari:


  • Transport in a 4├ù4 Safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole safari
  • Boat cruise and game drives in Mburo
  • Lake Mburo walking safari
  • Igongo Cultural Centre Museum tour
  • All accommodation as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary
  • All park entry fees
  • Drinking water in the Vehicle

Not Included

  • International flight
  • Visa feesat USD50.00
  • Travel Insurance
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Optional Activities

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3 Days Lake Mburo Safari, Boat Cruise, Game Drive & Game Walk