Where luxury meets wilderness
ABOUT THE LODGE
Kigambira Safari Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge built in the Southern part of Lake Mburo National Park; Uganda’s smallest park. Nestled between Lake Kigambira and the Rubanga Forest, the location provides the ideal base for the adventurous traveller with a range of activities from game drives & boat trips on Lake Mburo, to exhilarating hikes through the low canopied forest or the looping trail around Lake Kigambira.
With 20% of the park featuring wetlands, this is an ornithologist’s paradise. Lake Mburo is home to over 350 species of birdlife, including the rare Shoebill, Red-Faced Barbet and African Finfoot among others. With its varied habitat, the park is home to approximately 68 mammal species – Oribi, Impala, Buffalo, Waterbuck, huge herds of Zebra, and even the elusive Leopard and Lion.
Kigambira Safari Lodge provides the perfect stopover for guests travelling onwards to Bwindi or Queen Elizabeth National Park, and guests can choose an activity-packed stay, or simply unwind by the pool and enjoy the unparalleled views of the lake.
With views over the lake, the swimming pool is the ideal spot to enjoy a lazy afternoon with a book and cocktail or to cool down on a hot day.
Our gift shop gives you the perfect opportunity to buy locally crafted souvenirs and mementoes for your loved ones. All products are fair trade, ethically sourced, and support various community-based initiatives.
As we are an Eco Lodge, the shop also stocks various eco-friendly items, including the toiletries available in all rooms. What better way to end your stay than by reducing the carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner, greener Uganda,
Kigambira Safari Lodge has only 12 tastefully decorated ensuite bandas, you are assured of the finest hospitality in an intimate setting.
2 family bandas provide the perfect set-up for those with children, a family reunion, or even a group of friends.
Our honeymoon suite is guaranteed to give newlyweds lifelong memories, with extra care and detail to ensure your every whim is catered for.
9 deluxe bandas offer double or twin accommodation options.
No matter which cottage of the lodge you choose to stay in, you are assured of an astonishing view of Kigambira, an expansive freshwater lake that teems with birds and wildlife. All cottages are cozy, kept remarkably clean and adjacent to lush whistling acacia trees that attract lots of bird species, most of which have very serenading calls and tweets, perfect music for the soul!
Thanks to the availability of mosquito nets, you are assured of a peaceful & comfortable night.
Boat cruise – The awe-inspiring morning and evening boat cruise in the park’s lake system is excellent for discovering how plenty of hippos and crocodiles co-exist despite being enemies. For better sightings of birds and buffaloes, pay good attention while in the marshes. If you are crazy about mesmerizing sunsets, prepare to be blown away.
All meals are prepared using fresh, organic produce sourced locally, and we cater for all types of dietary needs. From continental breakfasts to the finest international cuisine, the gastronomic experience is bound to be unforgettable. Guests can sample local Ugandan cuisine at the lodge, or while on a cultural excursion to one of the local villages bordering the park.
With a host of excursions & activities available to suit any traveller, you are assured of the most fabulous experience during your stay.
Birding – Lake Mburo National Park is one of the best places in East Africa to find acacia-dwelling birds and, Southern species at the northern limit of their range. Examples include the bare-faced go-away bird and Black-collared barbet. Sightings of such birds are almost guaranteed on a peaceful boat trip on Rwonyo on Lake Mburo.
This experience, as well as the more popular early morning nature walks in Rubanga Forest, are, in fact, great for checking off many forest species. The park’s impressive checklist contains more than 310 species in total.
A bonus for birders is the swamps, in which the prehistoric-looking shoebill stork goes fishing. Here you will also find six resident papyrus specials, including the spectacular blue-headed coucal and papyrus gonolek.
If you wish to tick migratory birds off your checklist, the best time to visit is from November to April.
Game Drives – With varied ecosystems, from rocky outcrops to wetlands and acacia woodland, every game drive at Lake Mburo National Park brings with it unique sights. In the interest of not interfering with the park’s eco-systems, its network of trails is made of murram. Thanks to the routine maintenance they undergo, one can explore the park with ease even if they are not driving a 4×4 car, except for the peak rainy season of April.
By the end of a three hours game drive in the Mburo’s open savannah, you will have encountered the largest zebra population in Uganda (over 8,000), as well as waterbuck, giraffes, warthog, oribi, greater galago, reedbuck and a host of other mammals. Another great treat to see are the warthog, a wild bush pig species that regularly visit Kigambira Safari Lodge at night. Despite their wide distribution throughout the continent, they are rarely spotted in other parks. That’s what makes them a real special for this conservation area.
Kigambira Safari Lodge is always happy to arrange night game drives, giving guests the opportunity to sight the nocturnal creatures – hyenas, hippos coming out to graze. With regard to predators, you may be lucky enough to spot the cheeky hyena, elusive leopard, or even the almost extinct lions that have recently been spotted again.
Hiking & Nature Walks – A walk through the low canopied Rubanga Forest brings to life the world of forest creatures and birds in a lush, cool setting.
Nature trails around the lake unearth a world of birdlife, as well as exotic fauna, and the park rangers accompanying guests on these walks will open your eyes to a different world.
Picnic lunches can be organized for those who prefer to explore the various areas without time limits.