Lake Mburo National Park offers a unique opportunity for visitors to engage in a captivating game viewing experience unlike any other – horseback riding safaris. This fascinating activity sets Lake Mburo apart from other national parks in Uganda, allowing you to witness wildlife while riding a horse. The adventure takes place at Mihingo Lodge, where expertly trained staff and park rangers guide you through this exceptional journey.
As you embark on your horseback ride in Lake Mburo, you can choose from various durations, ranging from 1 to 3 hours. During this time, you will be immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the national park’s savannah landscapes, all while enjoying views of the remarkable wildlife that calls this place home. Picture yourself on horseback, gracefully gliding through the savannah, with the chance to encounter some of Africa’s most iconic animals.
For those seeking an even more immersive experience, overnight horseback rides are available. Riding into the savannah under the blanket of nightfall is an awe-inspiring adventure. You’ll be serenaded by the symphony of nocturnal sounds from the wild, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. Accommodation for overnight rides typically consists of comfortable tents, adding an element of authenticity to your wilderness experience. It’s important to note that this unique horseback adventure is exclusively offered by Mihingo Lodge and can only be enjoyed by guests staying at the lodge.
Your safety and enjoyment are paramount, which is why horseback rides are tailored to your riding ability. For beginners and those with limited riding experience, a leisurely walk is recommended. Advanced riders, on the other hand, can relish lovely stretches for trotting and cantering. Mihingo Lodge has been organizing horse safaris since December 2008, initially outside Lake Mburo National Park. In November 2009, they secured a concession to operate horse safaris within the park, unveiling some remarkable riding routes.
One of the most exhilarating rides in the park, ideal for experienced riders, is the 4 to 5-hour journey that ventures onto the grassy Warukiri range of hills nestled in the heart of the park. From the vantage point of the Warukiri ridge, you’ll be treated to breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys within the park. On the distant hill, you might even spot a herd of buffalo relishing the cool air. This ride offers a magnificent perspective on 9 of the 12 lakes that grace Lake Mburo National Park, transforming your perception of the park into something truly spectacular.
To ensure the well-being of their horses, Mihingo Lodge sets a maximum weight limit for riders, with 100 kg being the upper limit. However, most horses can comfortably carry no more than 85 kg. For the safety of the horses, riders may be weighed, and this practice is essential to protect the animals from potential harm, especially to their backs.
Safety is paramount, and to this end, Mihingo Lodge provides fully adjustable helmets in various sizes, along with riding chaps. English-style saddles are used for the rides. While participating, it is advisable to wear long trousers and sturdy shoes, preferably with a heel. However, trainers are also acceptable footwear. Each ride is limited to a maximum of 6 guests at a time, ensuring a personalized and safe experience. Accompanying each ride are at least one experienced horse guide, with many rides led by two guides for added security and knowledge.
Please note that advance booking confirmation may not be required for this activity due to various factors such as the health of the horses and the weight of the participants. However, it is recommended to plan ahead, with the understanding that unforeseen circumstances can affect the activity. For an unforgettable adventure that combines the thrill of horseback riding with the wonders of wildlife, contact Trek Africa Expeditions to book your mountain gorilla safari and horseback wildlife tour. Your extraordinary journey awaits.