Quad biking Safari is different from other game safaris. The difference here is that, you explore the park or conduct a game drive not on a truck, but on a Quad bike (All Terrain Vehicle). More still, this is a self game viewing drive. It is really interesting and can be conducted only in Lake Mburo National Park and Jinja in Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is a beautiful area of varied landscapes, alive with interest and colour. Lake Mburo National Park is located conveniently near to the Western Uganda Highway approximately 220km from Kampala (3-4hrs drive); Uganda’s capital city.
There are many species of animals and birds in Lake Mburo among which include; herds of zebra, impala and eland, groups of waterbuck, buffalo and topi, families of warthogs and baboons, sometimes encountering a solitary oribi or klipspringer, flocks of egrets arrow across the lake, pairs of crested cranes around a mud hole, black-backed vultures in an acacia tree or circling high overhead. Over 300 species of bird have been recorded in this park. There are no elephant or lion in this park making it suitable for this type of safari.
The All Terrain Vehicles (Quad Bikes) used are very simple to ride. Semi-automatic 250cc machines with efficient silencers and very wide, low-pressure tyres for minimal impact on the trails. Learner / practice circuits have been setup beside the site. No previous experience is needed as the guides will train you in the basics and develop your skills along the way.
It is really an interesting activity to have a game drive on All Terrain Vehicles as you drive your self. You will view a number of wild animals at a close range on a quad bike while Meandering effortlessly along trails that wind through acacia forest, glimpses of animals through the trees, opening out into valleys with herds grazing in the open savannah plains.
You are free to stop at any time and at a few points along the trail we all stop, switch off the engines and take in the unblemished sounds of pure African bush. Bottled water is carried by the guides – fruit juice and biscuits are served while overlooking the waterhole.
Each trip starts with signing on and getting kitted out with overalls, helmet, goggles, a bandana and either gumboots or your own closed footwear. There is always a briefing conducted in how to conduct this Safari around the Park. Emphasis is placed on strictly adhering to Uganda Wildlife Authority regulations in particular no off-track riding or speeding. If you came here to plough through the mud and race your friends you’ve made a mistake these are game viewing safaris for small groups who want to get out into the bush and experience the sights, sounds, smells and feel of Africa without windows and a tin can around you!
The Eland Track Guided Quad Biking Safari: This takes about 2 hours meandering through acacia forest of Lake Mburo National Park, with herds of zebra, groups of waterbuck and topi, eland, warthogs and many other animals and birds. The prices to be quoted for each of the safaris differ and are inclusive of; training, helmet, goggles, overalls and refreshments.
There is the Ankole Trail Guided Quad Biking Safari, whichtakes about 3 hours – game viewing drive on the western shores and up to the Kagarami Look out then on to the Ankole Cultural Centre and out through plantations and farms. It offers an opportunity to visit beautiful, sacred sites of the Ankole Tribe.There is also the Ruroko Track Guided quad biking Safari, which takes about 4 hours for the more adventurous, through open valleys and over difficult sections of the park tracks, stopping off at Ruroko Kopje, finally returning via the Lakeside Track.