Lake Mburo National Park
Mburo Eagle’s Nest
Rating: Budget stay
Price range: $90 pp single
Mburo Eagle’s nest is a basic safari camp on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park providing budget accommodation with stunning views of the park’s expansive plains. According to online reviewers, the views from anywhere in the nest are amazing. Each tent has a balcony area with seating arrangements, which create a great opportunity to spend quality time with family or friends.
Eagle’s Nest offers canvas tens with spacious ensuite bathrooms and basic tents with shared bathrooms. All the tents are permanently set up under a thatched room and have outside living spaces to enjoy the park’s stunning views.
The chef serves all meals in the main building located in the center of the camp. This where guests meet up on small talk and enjoy a drink at the bar. The chef prepares meals the old-fashioned African way, in potjiekos. The menu is continental with some European and Indian adaptations.
How To Get There
Guests can connect to Eagle’s Nest using the Nsanga gate access road from the main Mbarara-Masaka highway. The Sanga gate northern park access road is 37 km east of Mbarara, coming from western Uganda and branching off to the south. This is your entrance coming from seeing mountain gorillas in Bwindi or from Kampala in the east.
It’s about 8 km from the highway to the Nshara gate and about 1.5 km from the Nshara gate to Rwakobo Rock Lodge on a dirt road.
The drive from Kampala to Lake Mburo is about four to five hours. The access road from the highway is unpaved dirt and rough, which may require a 4×4 vehicle during the wet seasons. It may take about an hour’s drive between the highway and Eagle’s Nest Camp.
Accommodation at Eagle’s Nest consists of 10 African safari tents with outside areas overlooking the vats Lake Mburo National Park savannah plains. From outside any room, guests can surprisingly view most of the park game animals as they stroll across the plains. The tents have ensuite bathrooms with refillable showers.
Eagle’s Nest also offers non-self-contained tents with shared bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished for up to two occupants with a bedside table and charging power outlets. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the main lodge building. From set continental, Italian and Indian menus to a buffet-style dinner, there is always something for everyone. If you are leaving the lodge early in the morning, the chef will prepare an early breakfast and offer you a packed lunch for your journey.
Eagle’s Nest Rates
|Room Details||B&B||Half Board||Full Board|
|Safari Tent Single Occupancy||$70||$80||$90|
|Safari Tent Double/Twin Occupancy||$85||$110||$130|
|Basic Tent Single||$30||$65||$75|
|Basic Tent Double||$50||$65||$75|
Prices are all-inclusive of meals (Full Board)
Booking Eagle’s Nest
To enjoy the magical wilderness of Eagle’s Nest Safari Camp, you have to stay at least two to three nights. You can have this lodge on your Uganda Safari Itinerary and get great rates with Nkuringo Safaris, taking advantage of our excellent partnership with the camp.
This camp is COVID-19 compliant with facemask, and hand sanitizing compulsory in public areas. Please read our policy on COVID-19 for this lodge.
Restaurant & Bar
USB charging points
If you like to test your adventurous muscles, grab a bike and explore the sandy tracks outside the Park. You can hire one of Rwakobo’s guides to take you around. Trails are suitable for a gentle family to ride out, taking in the wildlife all around, but there is plenty inside the park for the extreme riders to explore. Dive off the larger roads to narrow animal paths and clamber over termite mounds.
Nature walks are a magical way to experience the African bush on foot and catch the wilderness details at your pace.
All walks in the park must go with an armed UWA guide. From the lodge, take a two-hour loop that will take you around the valleys and ridges and back. The swamp walk has a couple of raised platforms from where you can look over the swamps; if you are fortunate, you may even see a Sitatunga or Uganda’s famous Shoebill stork.
Safari Game Drives
Lake Mburo National Park offers moderate Uganda safari game drives without the celebrated big game like lion and elephant. Guests can drive or hire a safari guide from UWA to take them on a riveting game drive around the park’s famous tracks to meet Lake Mburo National Park’s protected inhabitants. For spectacular views, park at the bottom of Kazuma look-out and walk up to the top; from here, the view across the plains is breathtaking.
It is both a cultural and a wildlife experience going on a game drive outside the park. You will pass homesteads, farmers herding their cattle, kids walking to school, and motorbikes ferrying people to and fro. In amongst this, wildlife roams about freely; zebras, impalas, topi, warthogs, waterbuck, and even the shy eland are all possible to spot.
The birdlife is also prolific, with many water birds living at the livestock dams. Large groups of crested cranes take up residence in the rainy season and even spot the shoebill in the wetlands. A game drive outside the park is helpful if your park entry has expired and you would like to go for a bit of spin!
Night Game Drives
Lake Mburo National Park is one of the few parks that offer night game drives. Nocturnal mammals like bush pigs, genet cats, and white-tailed mongoose become active during the dark hours, which is the best time to catch sight of these elusive creatures.
Also, the best chance of sighting leopards and spotted hyenas are during the night game drive. It is an exhilarating experience out at night with a spotlight, an unusual twist on your regular Uganda safari game drives.
Ankole Cultural Experience
As part of the Rwakobo Rock ethos, guests are taught about the local traditions and cultures of the Bahima people that live in the surrounding areas to preserve their historical value. The lodge partners with a local family living close to the lodge to open their doors and give guests a small insight into the way of life of a Bahima.
You will learn about making the local ghee while listening to some of the women talk about their ancient traditions folklores. Guests can even milk some of the Ankole cows.
The national park runs boat trips on Lake Mburo every couple of hours throughout the day, with the last tour starting at 5:30 pm. You will be able to get up close to the hippos and crocodiles that call the lake home, as well as experiencing the fantastic birdlife that inhabits the surrounding areas of the lake. The UWA guides make the cruise very entertaining with their wildlife and the local folk tales.
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