Lake Mburo National Park is another famous park that is not missed on the southern circuit itineraries. One of the underrated yet beautiful parks, Lake Mburo is one of the safest parks in Uganda as it lacks the large predators and aggressive animals like Elephants. However, Lake Mburo is the only park in southern Uganda where you can see both Zebras, giraffes, and Impala. It’s the only park in Uganda where you can safely have horse-riding and biking safaris. Walking safaris are also very popular and you can take perfect Instagram pictures with tall giraffes and zebras in your background.
Day 1: Travel to Lake Mburo
After an early breakfast, proceed to Mabamba for the Shoebill. Other special birds on this trail include Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, Tit Hylia, African Pygmy-Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Long-toed Lapwing, Blue-breasted and Madagascar Bee-eaters, Greater Swamp Warbler, Slender-billed Weaver, Lizard Buzzard, African Pygmy Kingfisher and Plain-backed Pipit. Spot-necked Otter can occasionally be seen in the water.
Mabamba swamp is a labyrinth of channels and lagoons. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land Attracting Red-headed Lovebird, Crowned-Hornbills, Green-headed, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds. The road ultimately ends at a papyrus reedbed Adjoining Lake Victoria, where we will explore by canoe a maze of channels and mudflats for a reliable resident, the majestic Shoebill.
In the afternoon, we shall continue west and have a stop at the Equator before proceeding to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge
Day 2: Whole day birding and game drive in the park and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo
After breakfast, we shall have a game drive through the park where we have chances of viewing animals such as: Zebra, Topi, Elephant, Eland, Impala, Buffalo, Water Buck, etc. Birds you have chances of viewing include Black-headed Oriole, Red-backed Scrub Robin, Bateleur, Ruppell’s Starling, Common Bulbul, Brown Parrot, Ruppell’s Griffon, African Grey Hornbill, White-browed Coucal, Lesser-masked Weaver, Water Thick-knee, African Wood-Hoopoe, Verreux’s Eagle Owl, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Little Bee-eater, Chinspot Batis, Tawny Eagle, Senegal Lapwing, Plain-backed Pipit, Greater Honeyguide, Sooty Chat, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Red-faced Crombec, Wattled and Bronze-tailed Starlings, Brubru, Grey Kestrel, Coqui Francolin, Broad-billed Roller, Grassland Pipit, and Golden-breasted Bunting. We shall head back for lunch and then have an afternoon boat cruise on the lake where we have chances of seeing the African Finfoot. Other bird species to look out for include: White backed Night Heron, Shinning blue Kingfisher, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruther’ cisticola, Giant Kingfisher etc.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Return to Kampala
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred back to Kampala and be dropped off at your hotel.