Established in 1959, Mantana’s Lake Mburo Camp, part of the Kimbla-Mantana legacy, epitomizes the luxury tented safari traditions reminiscent of luminaries like Roosevelt and Hemingway. As one of the oldest safari camps in Lake Mburo National Park, it proudly upholds the time-honored tented camp style that has enchanted adventurers for generations.
Kimbla-Mantana is a seasoned operator in East Africa, with a presence in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. With bases and offices in Nairobi, Entebbe, and Arusha, we specialize in crafting unforgettable safari experiences that seamlessly blend luxury, mobile tented safaris, private lodges, and permanent camps.
The visionary partners behind this endeavor, Lis and Tony Farrell, share a deep-rooted connection to East Africa. Their formative years were spent in the remote corners of this extraordinary land, where safaris and camps were an integral part of their upbringing. Adventures in the bush became a daily occurrence, shaping their profound appreciation for the untamed beauty of the region.
Lake Mburo National Park beckons explorers with guided nature walking safaris, always accompanied by an armed park ranger guide. Departing from Rwonyo, the park’s center, these guided walks lead you to the salt lick, a renowned wildlife hotspot and one of the park’s prime locations for wildlife encounters.
Lake Mburo, despite its compact size, boasts an astonishing concentration of wildlife, with 68 mammal species and 350 bird species. Witness the thriving giraffe family, the robust hippo population, and numerous other remarkable species. Don’t miss the opportunity for an optional boat ride, ensuring you won’t overlook the crocodiles and the exceptional birdwatching from the water. Please note that while there isn’t a safari vehicle stationed onsite, we are more than happy to assist in arranging transportation if you don’t have your own; this is subject to availability.
Lake Mburo emerges as one of the finest destinations for those seeking to uncover the mysteries of nocturnal wildlife. Set out in search of elusive creatures such as leopards, porcupines, white-tailed mongooses, and immerse yourself in the evocative sounds of hyenas, zebras, buffalos, and bush babies.
Lake Mburo National Park offers a distinctive experience that sets it apart from other national parks in Uganda – the chance to embark on a game viewing adventure while riding a horse. This captivating activity takes place at Mihingo Lodge, guided by experienced staff in collaboration with park rangers. The horseback ride in Lake Mburo can last from 1 to 3 hours, allowing you to explore the enchanting savannah and witness the wonders of the wild.
For fishing enthusiasts, Lake Mburo presents an exciting tourism activity. The lake is home to six fish species, with tilapia being the most commonly caught. Other species include catfish, lungfish, tiger fish, Angara fish, and barbell. The primary fishing spot in Lake Mburo is Mazinga. To partake in a fishing safari, visitors must bring their own equipment and obtain access permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
One of the lodges near Lake Mburo National Park is deeply committed to preserving the local traditions and cultures of the Bahima people. In collaboration with a local family near the lodge, they offer guests a unique opportunity to gain insight into Bahima life. Learn the art of making local ghee while listening to women share their cherished traditions and cultures. Depending on the timing of your tour, you may even have the chance to try your hand at milking Ankole cows.
A boat cruise is an essential activity in Lake Mburo National Park, promising captivating views of its remarkable flora and fauna. Encounter crocodiles, hippos, and a diverse range of bird species, including African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare African finfoots, and hammerkops. During dry seasons, you might even witness buffaloes and antelopes congregating near the water.
Lake Mburo National Park offers a birdwatcher’s paradise, especially during boat cruises. Marvel at the park’s remarkable flora and fauna while observing wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, and a plethora of bird species, including African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare shoebills, and hammerkops. Additionally, during dry seasons, various wildlife species inhabit the water areas, adding to the spectacle, including buffaloes and antelopes.
For a unique adventure, embark on bicycle tours within the park. These rides provide an unconventional perspective on the park and its surroundings. Guided by Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers, these bike tours guarantee sightings of zebras, elands, buffaloes, antelopes, bushbucks, and more. While some terrain challenges exist, including hills and slopes, the bike trails promise an unforgettable experience.
Lake Mburo National Park lies in a rain shadow between Lake Victoria and the Rwenzori Mountains, receiving an average annual rainfall of 800 mm. Situated near the equator, the park experiences a bimodal rainfall pattern, with long rains occurring from March to June and short rains from September to December. Rainfall, however, can be erratic and unpredictable, with April and November typically receiving the most precipitation.
Travelers departing from Kampala will journey along the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara road, covering a distance of 260 kilometers from the capital city. Along the route, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at the Equator line, a fantastic spot for indulging in some of Uganda’s finest coffee and souvenir shopping. The drive then proceeds through Lwera swamp and Masaka swamp, where you might be fortunate enough to spot the critically endangered shoebill stork. Afterward, you’ll continue to Lyantonde, the last significant town for necessary shopping, before turning onto the national park gate road at Akagetti town. This scenic journey typically takes around 5 to 6 hours of travel on Ugandan roads.
Visitors arriving from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori National Park, or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can enjoy a delicious lunch stop in Mbarara, a city renowned for its culinary delights. From Mbarara, continue on the Mbarara-Masaka highway, driving approximately 37 kilometers before reaching Sanga town, which is approximately 10 kilometers from the park gate.
A convenient alternative is to take a 45-minute flight from local airline company Aerolink to Mbarara airstrip, which is located just 37 kilometers from the park. From there, a short drive will transport you to the heart of Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Whether you seek luxury, mid-range, or budget lodgings, there are choices available. Additionally, there is a student center and a well-maintained campsite for those who prefer a more rustic experience.
Some notable lodges in the area include:
For a truly immersive wildlife experience at Lake Mburo National Park, consider reaching out to Trek Africa Expeditions. They can assist you in arranging an exceptional wildlife game viewing adventure that leads you to Mantana’s Lake Mburo Camp.
Embrace the allure of Lake Mburo National Park and Mantana’s Lake Mburo Camp, where the spirit of safari adventures lives on, providing an unforgettable journey into the heart of East Africa’s wilderness. Contact us today to embark on this extraordinary adventure.