Safari and Game Drives
There are some fantastic drives around Lake Mburo National Park. There are viewpoints and picnic spots along some of the tracks. Guides are available to enhance the experience. You can even combine a game drive and walking safari when you take a guide with you.
Night drives can be very exciting experiences. You will have the best chances to see some of the more elusive species of the park such as leopards, hyena, porcupines, pangolins and many more. Recently a giant ground pangolin was spotted on a night drive not far from Rwakobo Rock.
Our walking safaris can be tailored to your needs, whether you are looking for a gentle stroll around the rock or a long hike, we can adapt all walks to suit you. Most of our walks can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are a variety of walks both inside and outside the park, reaching nearby hilltops. Avid ramblers can take a few days to explore what Lake Mburo has to offer. Walks are typically around 2 to 3 hours long and accompanied by a guide.
As part of the Rwakobo Rock ethos we are passionate about conserving the local traditions and cultures of the Bahima people. We therefore have partnered up with a local family, close to the lodge, that has opened their doors to give the guests of Rwakobo Rock a small insight into the way of life of a Bahima. You will learn about how to make the local ghee while listening to some of the women talk about their traditions and the cultures. Depending on the time of the tour you may even have the opportunity to milk some of the Ankole cows.
If you want to learn a bit more about the history of Nyankole, then slightly further afield (near Mbarara) is the Igongo Cultural Centre.
The national park runs boat trips on the Lake Mburo every couple of hours throughout the day with the last tour starting at 17:30pm. You will be able to get up close to the hippos and crocodiles that call the lake home as well as experiencing the fantastic bird life that inhabits the surrounding areas of the lake. The UWA guides will make the cruise very entertaining with their stories of the wildlife and the local folk tales.
The birdlife on the hill is prolific. With numerous large fig trees to attract them. Some of our resident birds include green pigeons, parrots, red-faced barbet, and several nightjars amongst many others. Birds can be viewed from your room or walks around the hill can be very rewarding. The shoebill swamp walk in Lake Mburo National Park is renowned and high recommended.
With the combination of exercise and game viewing our guided cycle trips are hard to beat! We have 15 mountain bikes for hire, or you may wish bring your own bike. Along with our guides we have developed a wide variety of routes, from short flat trails to longer hilly rides depending on your preference.
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Birding in Lake Mburo National Park (Fri, 16 Mar 2012) Lake Mburo’s key birding spots include swampy valleys and viewing platforms near the salt licks and in the forest. The best birding spots in Lake Mburo National Park include the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and in Rubanga Forest. Species observed at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot among others. Rubanga Forest can be visited using a vehicle or on foot. This is a real draw for keen birders, and prior arrangement should be made with the warden. The rare Red-faced Barbet – only seen in Lake Mburo National Park – is one of the of the forest’s featured species. >> Read more
Game Drives in Lake Mburo (Fri, 16 Mar 2012) The network of game tracks in the east of the park passes a variety of landscape features including acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops… The network of game tracks in the east of the park passes a variety of landscape features; acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops and seasonally flooded valley floors. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to roam the park in search of wildlife. An alternative view of the park, hopefully including sightings of animals rarely seen during the day, is provided by guided night drives. These start between 6.30-7pm and last two to three hours. For more information on fees and booking, visit our Tariffs page. >> Read more