Lake Mburo National Park
In the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland lies one of Uganda’s most spectacular and breath taking game park. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s second smallest National Park occupying only 260 square kilometers of wide and varying ecosystems that include savannah wood and grassland, wetlands, lakes among others. It is strategically located in between Entebbe and other bigger National Parks in west and south western Uganda such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park and as such, it is used as a stopover to break the long driving journeys to these National Parks.
This medley of habitats ranges from dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannas to forests, lakes and swamps. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks 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
UGANDA SAFARI DESTINATION
A WILDLIFE COMPACT GEM
Lake Mburo at a Glance
ALTITUDE: 1,220m – 1,828m above sea level.
Wetland habitats comprise 20% of the park’s surface.
LAKE MBURO SAFARIS
LAKE MBURO ACTIVITIES
Depart for Lake Mburo National Park, home to elands, Burchell’s zebras, impalas and a wide variety of bird species. Free of carnivores, Lake Mburo provides a unique opportunity to see the park on foot and the chance to view vast numbers of diverse hoofed animals. Uganda Wildlife Authority works with local communities to create an environment in which domestic livestock peacefully coexist with the park’s native wildlife.
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on beautiful Lake Mburo. The lake, in the center of the park, provides an opportunity to see vast numbers of birds, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Cruise through the lake’s swamps, perfect hiding places for elusive species of birds, including the rare shoebill stork, one of the world’s most endangered bird species.
This is the only National Park where you can do safari on foot. Guided by an armed ranger and a guide you will start your walk in the safari Park with several chances of spotting elusive leopards, buffaloes, Zebras, impalas and other antelopes plus several species of birds. This activity can be done either in the morning or afternoon.
Accessing Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo National Park is accessed by Road from Entebbe/Kampala driving southwest words for approximately five to six hour drive. This drive takes you to the equator crossing where you can stop and have some coffee and take some photographs or participate in some experiments to prove that indeed this is the equator. If you are coming from Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will drive through .
Bushenyi and Mbarara to Lake Mburo National Park for approximately 4-5 hours. If you are coming from Rwanda, then you will drive through Kisoro or Kabale to Mbarara town which might take approximately 7-8 hours. For those opting to fly, the only airfield closer to Lake Mburo National Park is Nyakisharara in Mbarara town from where you can drive for approximately one hour to Lake Mburo National Park