Nestled atop a serene hill, on the outskirts of Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda, lies Mpogo Safari Lodge—a tranquil and exclusive haven inviting you to savor the finest of cultural tourism and the natural wonders of the national park. This 16-room retreat offers mid-range accommodation at affordable rates, ensuring that your stay is comfortable and memorable. What was once a humble farmstead has transformed into a cozy lodge, inspired by the regular visits of Lake Mburo’s wildlife—zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, and even the occasional hyena, drawn to the nearby salt well.
Mpogo Lodge welcomes you with fully equipped kitchens, traditional huts, and camping grounds for those who seek a closer connection with nature. Here, you can relish the best of both the cultural and modern worlds, creating an experience that caters to diverse tastes.
Lake Mburo National Park opens its gates to all visitors who wish to embark on guided nature walking safaris. These excursions are typically led by armed park ranger guides, providing an opportunity to explore the park’s pristine landscapes and encounter a wealth of wildlife. From the park’s center at Rwonyo, these guided walks take you to salt licks, known as some of the best locations to spot numerous wildlife species.
Lake Mburo is home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife, including 68 mammal species and 350 bird species concentrated in this relatively small park. You may be surprised by the abundance of wildlife, from a growing giraffe family to a healthy hippo population. We recommend complementing your game drive with an optional boat ride, ensuring you don’t miss sightings of crocodiles and prime bird watching opportunities from the water. If you don’t have your own safari vehicle, we can assist in arranging one for you, subject to availability.
Lake Mburo National Park is renowned for offering some of the best nocturnal wildlife experiences. Venture into the park after dark to search for elusive creatures such as leopards, porcupines, white-tailed mongooses, and more. Immerse yourself in the symphony of sounds from the wild, including the haunting calls of hyenas, the presence of zebras, buffaloes, and bush babies adding to the ambiance.
Lake Mburo National Park stands out as one of the few places in Uganda where you can observe wildlife while on a horseback safari. This unique and fascinating activity can only be enjoyed in this park. Conducted at Mihingo Lodge, it is led by trained staff in collaboration with park rangers. Explore the park’s savannah landscapes while encountering the beauty of wild game, with these horseback rides lasting between one to three hours.
If you’re an angler or simply curious about fishing, Lake Mburo offers fantastic opportunities for fishing safaris. The lake is rich in fish species, with tilapia being the most commonly caught. Other species include catfish, lungfish, tiger fish, Angara fish, and barbell. For those interested in this activity, you’ll need to bring your own equipment and obtain access permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A lodge near Lake Mburo National Park is deeply committed to preserving the local traditions and cultures of the Bahima people. They have established a partnership with a local family near the lodge, offering guests a unique insight into the Bahima way of life. This experience allows you to learn about traditional practices such as making local ghee while engaging with the women who share their customs and culture. Depending on the timing of your tour, you may even have the opportunity to milk Ankole cows.
A highly rewarding activity during your visit to Lake Mburo National Park is a boat cruise on the lake. This cruise ensures you have a breathtaking view of the park’s remarkable flora and fauna, including wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, and various bird species. The birdlife is especially impressive, featuring African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare African finfoot, hammerkops, and more. During the dry seasons, some wildlife also frequents the water areas, which may include buffaloes and antelopes.
Lake Mburo National Park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. A boat cruise on the lake offers you the opportunity to observe the park’s diverse birdlife, including African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare shoebills, hammerkops, and many more species. It’s worth noting that even during the dry seasons, certain wildlife species are often found near the water areas, including buffaloes and antelopes.
Your visit to Lake Mburo National Park and Mpogo Safari Lodge promises an array of captivating activities, ensuring you experience the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and diverse wildlife that this stunning region of Uganda has to offer. To book your stay at Mpogo Safari Lodge and partake in these exciting activities, contact Trek Africa Expeditions today. We look forward to making your adventure in Lake Mburo National Park unforgettable.