Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.
Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National 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 lake
The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, African leopard, and over three hundred (300) bird species. At 260 square kilometers. The park has accommodation of different types, Budget, midrange and Luxury.
By working closely with UWA and tribal locals, the park is an example of how wildlife and locals can successfully co-exist. The park offers ranger-guided tours to watering holes for wildlife spotting in the park and birding trips near the lake.
Facilities include multiple restaurants close to the lake and tent/accommodation facilities to stay in the park. Expect to go on boat safaris, horseback rides, and guided ranger tours if you stay in the park. This park is a birding paradise so take your binoculars and camera for a unique Ugandan experience.
Activities at Lake Mburo National park include, game drive, night game drives, boat cruise at Lake Mburo, horseback riding, bird watching and squad biking. The activities are many to keep you busy and the enjoying in the park.
Where to sleep in the park include, Mihinga lodge, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Rwakobo rock, Acadia cottages, Lake Mburo Eagles Nest , leopard camp and many more. The park is on the highway and can be combined with other destinations like Bwindi National park, Mgahinga, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and even Rwanda for other sightseeing.
Some visitors opt to start from Rwanda, and other start with Murchison falls National park and end with Lake Mburo. The park is strategically located.