What is the best time to visit Lake Mburo national park?
What is the best time to visit Lake Mburo national park?: Lake Mburo national park is one of the savannah destinations in Uganda that tourists can visit for wildlife viewing. Different wildlife and a few attractions in the park do bring excitement and surprise tourists visiting the park. The national park is one of the few areas to find impalas, and zebras in the country.
Lake Mburo national park is the smallest savannah park in the country. The national park was gazetted in 1983 and as of today covers a total area of 260 sq. km. The national park of Lake Mburo does protect over 68 mammals, 3 primates, and 350 bird species.
With a lot of attractions in Lake Mburo national park, tourists always ask what is the most favorable time of the year when one can best explore and see different attractions during their visits to the park. Well, there are two seasons in Lake Mburo national park the dry season and the wet season.
The best time to visit Lake Mburo national park is during the dry months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February. So many travelers have testified these months to be the best to visit Lake Mburo national park and yes it’s true.
The dry season months are the best to visit Lake Mburo national park because they come with so many benefits that include the following.
Good weather. The dry season months have got good weather which is one of the reasons one needs to visit the park during that period. A lot of tourists have safaris in Uganda because they are escaping the bad weather back in their homes. You will feel so great if you reach Lake Mburo national park and the weather is good. In the dry season, the national park receives little rainfall and there is plenty of sunshine.
The game tracks are in good condition. When the park receives little or no rainfall and plenty of sunshine, it simply means that the game tracks will stay dry. Once the game tracks are dry, vehicles go through these tracks very fast and easily and tourists do get an opportunity to access most of the park areas which increases animal sightings.
The vegetation is short. Vegetation in Lake Mburo national park is always short in the dry season. The plenty of sunshine dries up most of the vegetation since rainfall that supports too much growth is little or not there at all. When the vegetation is short, tourists will have clear views of wildlife including those that are at a far distance. The vegetation is not so green but those that love taking pictures will get clear images.
Roads leading to the park are in good condition. You don’t have to worry about the road from Kampala to Lyantonde because it’s in good condition being a connecting route to different parts of the country. Again, you don’t have to worry about the roads from Lyantonde to the park using Nshara or Sanga gate because they are dry and passable but you will have to bear with the dust.
Even though the dry season is said to be the best to visit Lake Mburo national park, tourists should know that the park is still open during the rainy season. The rainy season however attracts a few tourists, especially those that love discounted stuff. The rainy season happens from March to May and October to November.
During the rainy season, budget travelers get discounts on accommodation and tour packages. What makes the rainy season not the best time to visit Lake Mburo national park is the plenty of rainfall received there that makes the game tracks muddy and slippery. The vegetation is tall with unclear views of wildlife and the photography is not that good.
Activities that tourists engage in during their visit to Lake Mburo national park.
Game drives: So many tourists do visit Lake Mburo national park for game viewing activities and engage in game drives around the park as they spot animals while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Tourists do have game drives in Lake Mburo national park with the hope of seeing animals such as Rothschild’s giraffes, zebras, impalas, lion, reedbucks, leopards, defassa waterbucks, side stripped jackals, spotted hyenas, topis, warthogs, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, hippos, klipspringers, elands, bush pigs, and sitatungas among others. Game drives in lake Mburo offers stunning views of wildlife that spice up a safari
Boat rides: Boat rides do happen on Lake Mburo which is the largest water body in the park. The activity is best enjoyed in the dry season when water levels are low because that is when one gets to have clear views of hippos and crocodiles. Vegetation around the lake is short which gives clear views of wildlife and surrounding areas. Boat cruises are carried out in the morning and evening hours in Lake Mburo national park.
Guided nature walks: If you want to explore Lake Mburo national park on foot, you need to tell your tour operator or lodge management they organize for you a guided nature walk activity during your free time. The nature walks in Lake Mburo national park are done in areas that are considered to be safe and have attractions f your choice. Nature walks enable tourists to see different vegetation, wildlife, waterbodies, and rocks within the park.
Bird watching: Lake Mburo national park is a bird watchers parasite with over 350 bird species. The birds can be seen during game drives, nature walks, and boat cruise activities. Bords of Lake Mburo national park include grey crowned crane, saddle billed stork, grey crowned crane, tabora cisticola, red-headed lovebird, grey snipe, Nubian woodpecker, red-shouldered cuckoo shrike, yellow-billed duck, brown parrot, green hood hoopoe, bare-faced go-away bird, white-winged tern, brown chested lapwing, blue breasted kingfisher, emerald spotted wood dove, and African scops owl among others.