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Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is the most lovely park 4 hours away from Kampala but it’s beauty has not been exploited like the other Uganda National Parks but it definitely makes for an incredible getaway or long-weekend trip.
The Park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah National park at only 260 sq km. Its mosaic habitat, dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes thickets, open and wooded savanna forests, lakes and swamps are home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals and is located in Kiruhura District in Western Uganda.

Lake Mburo national Park, Uganda is found in an area covered in dense acacia and is habitat to amazingly different fauna. Once covered by open savanna,the park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

River Ruizi feeds 14 lakes and wetlands that support abundant herds of Ankole long horned cattle that are looked after by the Bahima pastoralists as the cattle graze gracefully and peacefully alongside the wildlife.
The main lake of the park is Lake Mburo where many hippos wallow in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the shores.

Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park has over 68 mammal species, including zebra, impala, topi, eland, bush buck, buffalo, warthog, leopard, hyena and jackal with no elephants and lions in the park, which makes it an ideal place for walking safaris. During the nocturnal game drive this is the best place in Uganda to see the leopard.

The park is also home to 315 different species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, paprus yellow warbler, African finfoot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork and white winged warbler with the woody vegetation of Lake Mburo being dominated by Acacia species, Olea species and Boscia species.

The fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek; you would not want to miss.

Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

  • Game drives: In this park you enjoy views of birds, the Eland, Impala Antelopes, Giraffes and the Burchell and sometimes view the big cats; leopards and lions as well as the scenery of rolling hills, lakes and swamps. .
  • Nocturnal Game drives: This is one of the best highlights of your safari. Viewing animals such as leopards, lions and nocturnal birds.
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo: On the boat trip you are touch with the flora and fauna of the lake, as it harbors lots of animals like hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras, with other 3 kinds of otters in the lake.
  • Birding: This is the perfect destination for birding as it is a habitant for over 350 species of birds like the Warukiri, Miriti,, rare shoebill Stork, the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin and the Grey Crowned crane
  • Nature Walks: This is one of the few parks in which you get to enjoy Nature walks anywhere within the park as you view animals, birds, butterflies and the sight of Lake Mburo and beyond
  • Rubanga Forest: Rubanga Forest is especially a great destination for birders with over 40 species of birds that have been recorded in the forest. 
  • Fishing: Lake Mburo is the largest of the lakes in the park and fishermen come to the lake to fish as well as visitors with six species of fish found and tilapia being the fish of best choice here.
  • Horseback riding
  • Bicycle Safaris.

Accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park

The accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park ranges from luxury/upmarket accommodations to midrange/standard accommodations to the budget accommodations according to the client’s budget.

  • Mihingo Safari Lodge: This is an upmarket property on the southern boundary adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park perched high on a rock Kopje.
  • Kimbla Mantana Camp: This is a luxury property within Lake Mburo National Park set on Rwamahungu hill on the borders of the park.
  • Rwakobo Rock: A standard accommodation set on a massive granite outcrop on a granite rock outside Lake Mburo National Park 1km from Nshara gate.
  • Mburo Safari Eco Lodge: This is a midmarket inclined and eco-friendly lodge and is set on the border of the park enjoying the panoramic views of the park.
  • Arcadia Cottages Mburo: This is standard establishment located within the Park and is serenely positioned in a tropical garden close to Lake Mburo shores
  • Eagle`s Nest Mburo: This is a budget establishment located outside the boundary of the Park on a raised hill overlooking the savannah landscapes of the Park                                                         .

How to get to Lake Mburo National Park

They are two roads that will help you access Lake Mburo National park, branching off from Masaka – Mbarara road. One of these will help you access the sanga gate 37km east of Mbarara, and the other will help you to enter via the Nshara gate which is 20km from Lyantonde and 50km to Mbarara.

Climate and best time to visit Lake Mburo National Park

The best time to visit lake Mburo National Parl is October to March when wildlife congregates around the few remaining water holes since the grass never grows very long in Mburo. The rainy season does not mean it rains all the time, there might be a downpour, but then the sun will come out again and the air will be fresh and clean with visibility of over 100 km possible.

Quick Facts

Located: Western Uganda
Best Time to Go:
June to August and December to February
High Season:
June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Size: 370km² / 143mi²
Altitude: 1,239-1,607m / 4,065-5,272ft

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