Lake Mburo National Park
You can’t beat the drama of Mburo – a massive herd of giraffes and their zebra friends marching across the grasslands, a buffalo wallowing in the mud to get rid of ticks, a pack of hyenas quibbling over a carcass, or a hungry croc dramatically rising from the lake after which the park is named.
Thanks to its strategic location in Western Uganda, this savannah park is four hours’ drive from Kampala and five hours drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This makes it a great point to take a break for travellers heading or returning from a gorilla adventure in Bwindi. Its evenly spread network of trails offers lovely game drives and nature walks. Other mammals found here include warthogs, bushbucks, waterbucks, toppi and hippos.
The open plains surely lend to the ease of game viewing, whilst the rolling hills and whistling acacias complete the classic image of safari. If you wish to go off the beaten path, a horseback ride will treat you to the delight of seeing animals you could have missed out on seeing during game drives which are restricted to trails. It offers good sighting of wildlife as there is no jostling and competing for the best spot, unlike the case in Masai Mara.
Lake Mburo remains a great destination for safari virgins and those on a stricter budget. There is variety of budget camps as well as a good balance of luxurious safari lodges with infinity pools.