Overview – Lake Mburo National Park
The park is a crescendo of Savannah, rocky ridges, forested gorges, papyrus patches, and narrow bands of woodland lined with many lakes makes it an absolute gem with many amazing wonders away from this world.
Although it is the smallest, it creates an everlasting memory like no other because it is just 4 hours a drive away from the capital city, Kampala between Masaka and Mbarara district.
Blessed with a multitude of attractions, Lake Mburo is the best refresher point as you travel to the South west of Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Park as it cuts the long journey for a blissful view to many other wildlife.
Lake Mburo National Park lies in the rain shadow between Lake Victoria and the Rwenzori Mountains and it contains much of woodland with no elephants to tame the vegetation.Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50 km-long wetland system linked by a swamp with 5 of these lakes lying within the park’s borders.
Wildlife and Bird Life in Lake Mburo National Park
Considering its small size, it surprises travelers with a vast number of birdlife and wildlife species and these include; hippopotamus, impala, warthogs, elands, buffaloes, jackals, leopards Zebras, Elephants,, Lions,Topi, Oribi, Reed bucks, Bush bucks, hearte beasts, spotted hyenas, civets, forest hogs, warthogs, bush pigs. Primates in the Park include Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Black and White Colobus monkeys, Vervet, Baboons, and Manga-bey and Reptiles including geckos, snakes, chameleon and more. Best for a picnic watching the hippos, a look at a population of young giraffe provides a racing moment. Leopards hide in the trees and although they’re elusive during the day, would be found at nighttime game drives on the prowl.
Due to the amazing Birdlife, Lake Mburo National Park is rated as one of the major birding hotspots in Uganda recorded with 350 different bird species including; the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard and Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot, rare Red-faced Barbet.
The park is a very ideal wildlife safari to visit by all travelers around the world due to the unforgettable experiences it offers to all and if you’re keen on birdwatching then Lake Mburo should be high on your bucketlist.
Activities in Lake Mburo National Park
This smallest park in Uganda, has candid and unforgettable events through an encounter with both wildlife and birdlife in one vicinity. Below are some of the activities you can engage while on your visit to this park:
Launch Trip on Lake Mburo
These are also very greatl for travelers who want to experience Uganda’s plight of Nature on a boat cruise with amazing adventure experiences with scenic views at the vegetation around the Lake, brilliant bird species, Hippos and crocodiles.
Birding experiences are concentrated in the swampy valleys and podiums close to the salt licks as well as the Rubanga forest.The bird species include; the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard and Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot, rare Red-faced Barbet.
With game Drives through the Park, one can see many animals and birds where a tour guide helps you identify the various species of birds and mammals like the Eland, Impala Antelopes, Giraffes. Burchell Zebras and once lucky, you may encounter lions and leopards along the way.
Nocturnal Game Drives
Night Game Drives in this Park are a lifetime adventure and memory. One can encounter the Bush Babies, Porcupines, leopards, even lions on the prowl in the park . A traveller gets to experience all this in a 3 hour maximum drive.
Nature Walks and Hiking
The park also offers hiking and nature walk encounters requiring in the company of a skilled ranger to locations like the salt lick at Rwonyo, Shores of the Lake, Hilltop and Rubanga Forest.
The walk to the top of the hill rewards travelers with scenic views at 9 of the 14 lakes in the region.
Sports’ Fishing at Lake Mburo National park takes place at Mazinga and is an incredible safari activity to experience by all interested travelers around the world.. The lake comprises of about 6 fish species with the Tilapia being the most prominent fish caught annually.
Horseback safaris can only be experienced at Lake Mburo National park as an ideal safari activity involving transferring you around the park with a skilled ranger guide riding on a horse as you watch the various wildlife animals interact and enjoy their natural vegetation habitat to the fullest.
Lake Mburo national park has got thrilling activities that keep its visitors always on the desire for more.
Accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park
This park is the closest to Kampala offering travelers a quick get away into the wilderness in just a short time of 3-4 hours. The Park is also used as a stopover for many safaris as they head southwest to Bwindi Park and Mgahinga Park to cut the long drive short. This Park offers different accommodation options in accordance to the needs of the client and they include:
- Mihingo Lodge
- Mantana Tented Camp
- Arcadia Cottages
- Rwakobo Rock
- Mburo Safari Lodge
- Mpogo Lodge
- Eagle’s Nest Lodge Rwonyo Camp Site
Climate and the best time to visit Lake Mburo National Park
The park can be visited anytime of the year,though the best time for viewing game is during the two dry seasons: from June to August, and from December to February with most precipitation expected in April and November with passable tracks while in the rainy season the tracks are slippery, muddy and impassable.
How to get Lake Mburo National Park
Located in the western part of Uganda and the nearest from the capital city (Kampala) with a drive distance of approximately 228 km lasting 3-4 hours’ drive time. The park is located in Kiruhura District between Masaka and Mbarara district.
The park can be accessed through the Sanga gate about 20 km for lyantonde and if you are driving from Mbarara through the Nshara gate approximately 50 Km from Mbarara.