A cruise at Lake Mburo will completely change your mind

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You might have never seen yourself as a cruiser, i.e., someone who loves boat cruises. In fact, you might have studiously avoided them. But an experience of the UWA boat will completely change your mind. It has a chic, boutique-like atmosphere and most importantly, both its upper and lower deck have plenty of room for social distancing. Its floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in and makes you feel close to nature. Even better, its itinerary is thoughtfully planned to ensure travellers encounter the best of what Lake Mburo has to offer. This includes more than 310 bird species with some rarities among them like the shoebill.

The lake is a magnet for animals especially in the dry season when most of the waterholes in the park have dried up. You will see plenty of giraffes and their calves splashing about in the water as you pursue your boat cruise.

More about Lake Mburo National Park

Each visit to this destination comes with its own share of pleasant surprises.  It Uganda’s smallest Savannah park, covering 370Km2. It’s made of rolling plains, rocky ridges. Its deep green winding rivers are full of hippos and crocs.

Due to lack of enough cats, it has a robust population of herbivore like zebras, eland, buffalo, impala, hyena, topi, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, and reedbuck. You are almost guaranteed of seeing all these herbivores as they seem so used to seeing vehicles.  As you drive in to observe their ways of life, they will just go on as if you weren’t there.

Mburo is a place of constant drama. It is hard to take a nature walk through vast grassy plains without something animated unfolding in front of you—as survival for the fittest takes toll. Of course most exciting wildlife viewings involve some males fighting each other so as to mate as many females as possible.

Wherever you choose to stay in Lake Mburo, you have to visit the lake that is the life line of the park. It is a 50 kilometer stretch of 13 lakes that are interlinked by wetlands. To some animals like hippos and crocodiles, it is a habitat. To others like giraffes though, it is a source of life giving water. To the birds that prey on fish, it is a nourishing food source. This explains why the park is named after it.


Mburo offers an amazing and refreshing bird watching experience. To see most of the park’s 310 recorded species, you need at least three days. Mburo is the only park in Uganda known to have Eremomela, Long tailed cisticola, Green capped and Rufous bellied heron. These can be easily seen in Rubanga, a forest dorminated by acacia trees, fig trees and markhamia. Other highly sought species are Shoebill, Blue breasted kingfisher, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Greater painted snipe, African scops owl, Papyrus gonolek, African Wattled Lapwing, White winged swamp warbler, Brown chested lapwing, Mosque swallow, Red faced barbet,…..

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