Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo national park is the best of all savannah parks in Uganda to undertake a walking safari. Visitors can walk on foot with the help of armed rangers to spot zebras, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, topi, eland and even hyena. Bush walks are possible because Lake Mburo has few number of big cats such as leopards, lion and hyena. Similar to a bush walk, you can do a bike tour and horseback ride inside the park. The game walk is done in the morning while the bike experience and horse back ride can be done anytime during day.
Wildlife and accessibility of Lake Mburo
Uganda has 5 savanna parks and Lake Mburo is the smallest with an area of about 260 sq km. The habitat of the park consists of savanna, acacia, bush thickets, forests, papyrus swamps and Lake Mburo, the largest lake in the area. Wildlife in the park include zebras and impalas, buffaloes, eland, warthogs, Nubian giraffe, bushbuck, hippos and crocodiles. Its the only park in western Uganda to see zebras and the only one with impalas in Uganda. Zebras else where are found in Kidepo Valley and Pian Upe wildlife reserve. Therefore, never miss to drive through Lake Mburo if you are on western Uganda tour itinerary.
Lake Mburo National Park is located along the route to southwestern Uganda about 253 km (3-hour drive) from Kampala. So, its possible to take day trips and return to Kampala. You can also stay overnight in Lake Mburo as a way to break the long journey from Entebbe or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national Park.
Bwindi Forest walking safari
The ultimate tropical forest walking safari, Nkuringo walking safaris offers an opportunity for visitors to walk through Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, a UNESCO world heritage site home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
The walk simply connects two gorilla centers of Bwindi which are Buhoma the park headquarters in the north and Nkuringo sector in the south. Buhoma lies at the lowest altitude of Bwindi about 1100 meters while Nkuringo is at 2000 meters and above sea level. This means that when you walk from Buhoma to Nkuringo you will be sloping down and climbing the other way round. It follows what used to be a road that closed down due to people exploiting the forest by cutting trees, littering the forest with waste which would eventually kill gorillas. The walk is now dedicated for tourists who are accompanied by a guide. It’s a chance to experience the rainforest and spot flora and fauna such as primates, birds, butterflies, insects, plants and flowers.