Lake Mburo National park Entry fees
For one to access any park in Uganda he/she has to pay park entry fees except for those visiting Mgahinga and Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National park to specifically do gorilla tracking activity. Park Entry Fees are charged and collected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the body has a right to make changes in the fees with prior notice to the public.
Lake Mburo National Park is one of Uganda’s 10 national parks located in western Uganda managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. At 260 sq. km, Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savannah national park in Uganda and nearest to Kampala Capital City. Lake Mburo national park has got a tropical climate and is situated in the Ankole southern climatic zone. The lake also lies with in the rain shadow area that is between Lake Victoria and Rwenzori Mountains. The park has got two seasons including the dry and wet seasons that receive the bi- modal low rain fall that ranges between 500 and 1000mm. It is the most easily accessed on Masaka- Mbarara Highway from Kampala. It derives its name from Lake Mburo which found in the park. Five lakes lie within the park’s borders plus a variety of wildlife, with over 350 bird species and large animals like zebra, warthog, giraffe, hippopotamus, impala, buffalo and the elusive eland. It is a home for the unique and biggest antelope known as Eland.
The park entry fees are categorized in foreign residents, non-foreign residents and East African Community Residents. They are listed below:
Adults: Foreign non- resident pay $40, foreign residents $30, East African Community Residents 20,000 UGX
Children: Foreign non-resident $20, foreign resident $10, East African resident 5000UGX
Ugandan Pupils and / or students (groups) 3,000 UGX
Tertiary Institutions/ Universities 5,000 UGX
Uganda Wildlife Clubs 2,000 UGX
Annual Park Entry Passes: These are only applicable to foreign residents and East African community residents.
Individual: Foreign residents $350 and East African Community resident 150,000UGX
Couple: Foreign resident $200 and East African resident 200,000 UGX
Family (Maximum 4 children): Foreign residents $700 and east African resident 300,000 UGX
Annual Corporate pass: This only applicable to East African residents.
Safari guide: 100,000UGX
Taxi driver: 100,000UGX
Tour driver: Free
Foreign residents require a working permit valid for one year to qualify for annual pass.
The park entry fees collected fund critical projects that improve services and protect resources. It is also shared by the park neighboring communities to assist in build schools, roads, hospitals and also improve their ways of life through starting up small scale business such as handcraft making, pottery and farming
The main activities done in Lake Mburo are: Boat cruise, Game drive, Birding, Nature walk, Salt lick visit at Rwonyo, walking safari, horseback riding, Visit to Igongo cultural Centre, Rubanga forest walk, quad biking, sport fishing.
Just like any other park, Lake Mburo has accommodation facilities ranging from Luxury, midrange and budget. These include: Montana tented camp, Arcadia cottages, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Rwonyo Rest camp, Mihingo lodge, eagles nest lodge, Rwakobo rock lodge.
The park can be accessed from Mbarara and Kampala City using 2 entry gates, it takes about 4 hours of driving to reach the park headquarters. At about 211 km from Kampala on the Kampala-Mbarara highway entering through Sanga gate, for those coming from the side of Mbarara, it takes only 47km of driving to reach the park headquarters entering through Nshara Gate. A 4×4 wheel drive vehicle is advised to be used when entering through Sanga gate because the tarmac road can tend to be difficult to drive through. When visiting the park it is advisable to hire a special vehicle because public means cars do not enter the park, they drop you on the highway so you have to hire private vehicle to enter the park.