Resting 3,172.5km in western Uganda, take a Uganda safari to “the whispers of the wild”; Lake Mburo National Park Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is just one of the 10 National Parks in Uganda as well as one of the most treasured because of its uniqueness. It is strategically positioned in Western Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is the closet national park from Kampala and it is normally visited by people on short Uganda wildlife safari, short Uganda safaris or just a quick Uganda wildlife safari. Lake Mburo is home to many different animal species, including zebra, eland, and impala, who are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally, Lake Mburo has big numbers of waterbuck, topi, buffalo, hippo, duiker, bushbuck, klipspringer and if you are lucky you will see oribi, reedbuck, leopard and crocodiles.
The Main activities
Game drives and guided walks are the most done activities in the park since it gives visitors chance to enjoy the fantastic views of the park. Boat trips are also done on Lake Mburo and they are normally booked in advance. These trips usually take 2 hours offering visitors sightings of hippos, crocodiles, birds as well as leopards from the boat.
How to get there
From Kampala, Uganda capital, getting to the park takes just about 4 hours (227.5 km) via Masaka Rd and Mbarara-Masaka Rd. Lake Mburo National Park Uganda is also just about 30 kilometers (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara, which is the largest city in the sub-region.
Lake Mburo National Park Uganda is recommended for short/mini Uganda safaris more so for travelers interested in wildlife safaris in Uganda but have fixed schedules. Travelers interested in spending a night in Lake Mburo National Park have variety of options and in this article we write about Mihingo lodge, one of the best luxury places in the park.
Mihingo Lodge is a luxurious lodge, peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent situated in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park with spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. There are 10 private and comfortable tents on wooden platforms under thatch roofs, all with en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, showers and flushing toilets. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.
This lodge was built using local materials mixed with large rocky boulders on the site and decked with the local Ugandan artifacts to make it more African. This lodge was designed by the German owners and it consists of over 10 luxury tented rooms built on a wooden platform and covered by a thatched roof. The rooms are tailored to suite comfort of the guest therefore each of room has an en-suite bathroom with the hot and cold running water, a veranda and a flushing loo. The lodge has also got a thatched dining area as well as a swimming pool with beautiful views over the lake plus a tennis court. Even though there are no exact child facilities present, the children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Mihingo Lodge. The food and meal times can also be attuned to suit well with the younger guests and then babysitting can be arranged for those that need it.
Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.
Animals that gather in the valley provide guests with fantastic game viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at water hole below the pool including buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck and zebra can be seen at the waterhole. On the rocks you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers. It is not a guarantee that you will see every animal but chances are high that you will see many of them. Many of them are seen during the game drives in the park.
The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. The dining and pool area offers guests a view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.
In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. The buildings are constructed in such a way as to melt into the rocky outcrops and savannah landscape around them. Electricity, hot water, and water pumps are powered by solar energy and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.
This lodge gives horseback safaris in the valleys towards Lake Kacheera outside Lake Mburo National Park. Horseback safaris are an exciting way to see wildlife in and around Lake Mburo National Park. Without any engine sounds and fumes you feel part of nature and often get the chance to see the timider animals.
Another option outside your 4×4 safari van, 4×4 safari land cruiser or 4×4 minivan vehicle at Mihingo is to take one of their mountain bikes out to explore the bush. Tracks are suitable for a gentle family ride, or for the intrepid, more extreme terrain is available. Bikes should be booked in advance.
How to get there.
This drive is also 4 hours and 30 minutes from Kampala to the lodge.
A safari to Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park is a life safari adventure full of interesting wildlife and green nature memories.
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