Nestled within Lake Mburo National Park, the UWA Bandas and Camp in Rwonyo offer budget-conscious travelers a rustic and immersive African experience. Managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), this budget lodge was meticulously constructed using locally sourced materials, including thatched grass and wood. The result is an authentic African adventure, where the wild animals of Lake Mburo frequently visit the camp, providing guests with remarkable game-viewing opportunities right from their lodging.
Accommodations at this camp comprise bandas and tented rooms, both thoughtfully furnished to ensure a comfortable stay. The bandas, designed as wooden huts, come with shared showers, while the tented rooms are situated on elevated wooden platforms and feature private showers. Although the Rwonyo tents are slightly more expensive compared to the bandas, they provide a unique and cozy lodging option. Additionally, for those who prefer to bring their own camping gear, designated spaces are available for pitching tents. Travelers seeking to rent tents and other camping facilities can do so through various companies. The Rwonyo Rest Camp is an ideal choice for budget-conscious travelers looking to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park opens its doors to all visitors interested in guided nature walking safaris. These engaging walks are conducted in the company of armed park ranger guides who ensure your safety while providing invaluable insights into the park’s rich and diverse ecosystem. Setting off from Rwonyo, the park center, these guided walks lead to the salt lick, one of the best locations for observing numerous wildlife species.
With a remarkable 68 mammal species and an impressive 350 bird species concentrated within the park, Lake Mburo is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts. Witness a growing giraffe family and a thriving hippo population as you explore this compact yet biodiverse park. To enhance your experience, consider taking an optional boat ride to catch glimpses of crocodiles and enjoy unparalleled bird watching from the water. Please note that while there isn’t currently an onsite safari vehicle, arrangements can be made to provide one if you don’t have your own, subject to availability.
Lake Mburo stands as one of the premier destinations for nocturnal wildlife encounters. Embark on nighttime expeditions to search for elusive creatures such as leopards, porcupines, and white-tailed mongooses. The night air is filled with the enchanting sounds of hyenas, zebras, buffalos, and bush babies, offering a truly memorable and unique experience.
Lake Mburo National Park offers a distinctive opportunity to view wildlife from horseback. This captivating activity sets the park apart from others in Uganda. Under the guidance of trained staff and park rangers, you can embark on a horseback ride at Mihingo Lodge. These rides typically last from 1 to 3 hours, allowing you to explore the park’s savannah and witness its magnificent wildlife from a unique perspective.
Fishing enthusiasts can indulge in another exciting activity offered at Lake Mburo. 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 preferred fishing spot at Mburo is Mazinga. Travelers interested in fishing safaris should bring their own equipment and obtain permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A lodge near Lake Mburo National Park is passionate about preserving the local traditions and cultures of the Bahima people. Through a partnership with a local family, visitors staying at the lodge or nearby have the opportunity to gain insight into Bahima life. Learn about the art of making local ghee while engaging with women who share stories of their traditions and culture. Depending on the timing of your tour, you may even have the chance to milk Ankole cows, further immersing yourself in this cultural experience.
Enhance your Lake Mburo adventure with a boat cruise, a rewarding activity offering captivating views of the park’s flora and fauna. During the cruise, you’ll have the chance to spot crocodiles, hippos, and a myriad of bird species, including African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare African finfoots, and hammerkops. Dry seasons often see various wildlife frequenting the water areas, including buffalos and antelopes.
Lake Mburo National Park boasts exceptional birdwatching opportunities. The park’s boat cruises provide a unique opportunity to observe a diverse array of bird species, including crocodiles and hippos. You may encounter African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, rare shoebills, and hammerkops. Additionally, during dry seasons, various wildlife species frequent the water areas, adding to the birding experience.
For more information about UWA Bandas and Camp in Rwonyo and the exciting activities awaiting you in Lake Mburo National Park, contact Trek Africa Expeditions. Your unforgettable wilderness experience is just a booking away.