Friday, February 18, 2011

Uganda Lodges: Lake Mburo and Mihingo Lodge

Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda is an under-rated gem of a park, dominated by the impressive namesake of Lake Mburo. The lake's forest fringed shores are surrounded by rolling green hills. Although the park is small (370-sq-km) compared to other parks in Uganda, it has 5 lakes within its boundaries. These lakes, along with another 9 form part of an important wetland system in the area.

There is great diversity of plant and animal species within the park. Impala, mongoose and bush rat are found only in this park in Uganda. Burchell's zebra is found throughout the park, as well. There have been 315 bird species recorded in Lake Mburo National Park and the park is the best place in the country to see the impressive eland, the topi and several acacia-associated bird species.

Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent the Lake Mburo National Park. There are 10 private, comfortable tents built on wooden platforms under a thatched roof. Each tent offers en suite facilities with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. The tented rooms are placed in a variety of settings - some are situated in the forest, some with views of the lake, others on rocky outcroppings.

The main dining area is a large, thatched structure built from local stone, fallen trees and native grasses. Below the dining area is the infinity pool that stretches out overlooking the park below. From the dining area and pool, guests can relax with a cold drink and
enjoy sunset views overlooking the park. Horseback safaris are also now available at Mihingo Lodge - a great way to be part of the wilderness!

Classic Africa Safaris recommends spending a night, two is even better, at Mihingo Lodge en route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking.

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