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Mbarara is the second largest city in Uganda that is urbanized and dominated by modern technology. The city is not known for the tourism bit is a gateway to explore the best attraction falling in Uganda. The city houses some of the fine eateries as cafes and restaurants that serve the continental and authentic dishes across to the travellers. While wandering around the wild regions of Uganda, Mbarara offers a comforting stay and a city feel to the travellers. More than a tourist attraction, Mbarara houses the market areas, universities and places for public service. Lying close to the borders of Tanzania and Rwanda, the city opens up the safari opportunities and nature tour for the visitors. The close distance from Lake Mburo National Park or the Igongo Cultural Centre is the major key to the tourism of Mbarara in Uganda. Tourists planning for bird watching tours or cultural visit often pass through the city for a leisure stay. The attractions lying close to the city are the hub for adventure and nature tour with an abundance of wildlife and serene backdrop. There are museums preserving the historical and cultural remains of Uganda that one can explore while extending the overnight stay.

Places To visit In Mbarara

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park boasts a wealthy wilderness supporting 325 species of birds and the highest concentration of wilds in Uganda. Wildlife here includes leopards, buffalo, zebra and waterbuck, Hyena, white-tailed mongoose and a lot of nocturnal. The species of birds like red-faced barbets, the African finfoots, papyrus yellow warblers and lot more making it the best place for bird watching.

Igongo cultural institute

Lying at a distance of few miles towards the north of Mbarara, Igongo cultural tour is one of the major attractions to explore. The cultural institute exhibits the handicraft and art of Banyakitara people with the tribes as Bakiga, Banyankole and the Batooro. The centre houses the history and the culture of tribes from Uganda.

Sanga Village

The sanga village in Mbarara is the major attraction for tourist in Uganda. The cultural village is a centre for the Hima tribe exhibiting their traditional ornaments. Learn about the culture and discover the regalia of the tribe that are preserved at the centre. A close distance from the city offers a great day tour to the village.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

At a distance of 7b hour drive, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is an attraction of Uganda that can be discovered with a tour to Mbarara. The sanctuary was built to offer the wild rhinos, a safe environment where they can be conserved in their natural habitat. One can also discover around 250 bird species and some rare, endangered Shoebill Stork there.

Lake Nakivale

At a distance of 40km from the city of Mbarara, Lake Nakivale is nestled towards the south-east end of the city. The lake flaunts a diverse beauty of nature with sandy beaches, open fields and the remains of refugee settlement around the lake. One can plan a day picnic and enjoy the calm serene settings of the lake region.

Best Time To Visit Mbarara

Mbarara in Uganda is a year-round destination that can be explored through the seasons. The month from January until march, juke until august and December is basically considered the best time to visit Mbarara as the climate is warm, pleasant with less rainfall.

The highest temperature is recorded in February and lowest in May with a year round tropical climate making it a destination for vacation.

Things To Do In Mbarara

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Bird watching tours

Plan a day tour to Lake Mburo National Park that houses an abundance of birds for bird watching. The Wood-Dove, Red-headed Lovebird, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Common Scimitarbill, Red-faced Barbet are some of the birds that can be seen here while exploring the serene wilderness.

Adventure at River Rwizi

River Rwizi flowing into Lake Kachera from Bushenyi district offers a number of thrilling activities to boost up the vacation mood. From canoeing paddling and splashing there are the number of thrilling action you can try. The Safari land Park lying near the river region offers game drive opportunity to the visitors.

Cultural tour

With the sanga village and Igongo cultural institute, a cultural tour is the best thing one can try during the Mbarara tour. The rich heritage centre is a hub for exploring and discovering the past of Uganda with its tribal culture and tradition. From interacting with the tribal people to observing their art, the tour is all about a better understanding of culture.

Safari tours

Mbarara is a gateway to some of the national park and game reserves in Uganda where you can spend a day or two amidst the wilderness. While your vacation in Mbarara, plan a trip to the adjacent attraction like Biwindi or Kibale national park that houses the wildlife with endemic flora and fauna for a safari tour.

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How to Reach Mbarara

Mbarara is a stopover to reach some of the famous national parks of Uganda. The road network connects Mbarara with Kampala and rest of the cities in                Uganda.

Via Air: Entebbe international airport is the main international airport connecting the largest city of Uganda to the rest of the world. From there reach Kampala from where you can board a domestic flight for Mbarara.

Via land: Mbarara road is connected to Kampala with buses and taxis that offer an easy transfer to the city. The land distance of Mbarara from Kampala is 266.79 km.

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