a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Lake Mburo Cruise is one of the main activties in Lake Mburo National Park, and a great place to spot the elusive African Finfoot...
I visited this area in November 2019.
There are various set times during the day at which the cruise of the lake is meant to depart. However, just be aware that if you are traveling independently, it may be hard to get a cruise booked if the park is quiet. You might have to wait for a tour to turn up, as they only run the cruise with a minimum of four people.
There is a nice little restaurant to wait in, with cheap meals and good views of the lake and camp area.
The lake is crowded with hippopotamuses.
They sometimes react quite violently!
There are the occasional African Buffalo...
There are also crocodiles to be spotted...
Of course, being an African waterway, there are always lots of birds to see.
The king of the lake is no doubt the African Fish Eagle, and you can watch them nesting and hunting.
There are other birds, including...
One of the target species on the lake is the African Finfoot. This species, and the tropical Asian Finfoot, and the Sun Bittern of the tropical Americas, are all in the same family, and it is a bit of mystery what other birds the group is related to. This is a bird that is normally shy and hard to see, but this lake is one of the best places to see them. On my cruise, I saw three individuals.
For other information and images for Mburo National Park.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.