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The Lake Mburo Boat Cruise

The Lake Mburo Boat Cruise

Boat cruise safari on Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo national park is the closest national park to Kampala and Entebbe- located about 240km and 290km road distance respectively. The 370 square km Savannah park boasts five lakes and Lake Mburo is the largest. It offers rewarding boat cruise tours that take tourists exploring most of the flora and fauna. Boat trips in Lake Mburo national park are done on an engine boat which takes visitors on board upclose to the wildlife.

The boat cruise experience in Lake Mburo national park           

The boat cruise on Lake Mburo is a huge chance to see amazing small and big wildlife of the park that flock the shores of this lake. It is a 2 hour launch trip that starts from Rwonyo taking you along the Eastern banks of the lake. This boat cruise provides impressive sightings of a number of animals including hippos, buffalo, crocodile, waterbuck and many others.

More to this, the water bird-life is amazing- the trip gives perfect sightings of pied kingfishers, herons, Ross’s Turaco, narina trogon, pelicans, hammerkops and cormorants among others. The elusive shoebill stork can be spotted on a lucky day.

Price of the boat cruise on Lake Mburo

The Lake Mburo tour boat cruise is conducted on two boats; the small one that takes 4-8 people and the big one that takes more people. It does not matter which boat you are taking, the prices are the same; $30 for foreigners and UGX30,000 for east African citizens.

Things to know before heading for the boat cruise tour on Lake Mburo

  • Booking in advance is important and helpful
  • The boat trip lasts about 2 hours
  • There are two boats- big and small, and which one to use depends on the number of passengers available
  • Boat cruise tours are conducted in the morning, afternoon and evening

What is the best time for boat cruise safaris on Lake Mburo

The best time to go for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo is during the mid-morning to evening when it’s quite hot, more animals are on the shores (to drink and cool their bodies) and views are clearer. However, the activity can be done at any time of the day.

And generally considering the seasons, the best time to go for this boat cruise is during the dry season which is from January to February and June to mid-September. During this period, there is little or no rain and the roads taking you into the park are passable. In addition, the water pools in other parts of the park are also dry and this forces most animals to move to the main water sources to drink and cool their bodies as the temperature is high.

Other things to add to your boat cruise safari in Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national Park is the only home to impala in Uganda. The park has much other impressive wildlife including the big population of zebras, waterbucks, Uganda kobs and buffaloes. A few years ago, giraffes were introduced in Lake Mburo and they are thriving and multiplying there as though they have been residents from the past. Although Lake Mburo national park is one of the most underrated wildlife safari destinations in Uganda, it is an awesome place with the most beautiful landscape. Both wildlife and the scenery of this park can be explored through the following activities;

  • Game drive
  • Horseback riding
  • Guided nature walk
  • Biking

Other destinations to add on your Lake Mburo safari package

Lake Mburo national park’s location calls tourists on long distance trips like gorilla safari to Bwindi and wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth national park to break their trip with a wildlife tour to explore this amazing destination. These are the closest national parks that you can combine with your lake Mburo safari. Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi national parks make such a trip much more exciting. Book for your Lake Mburo safari today through

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