Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo national park
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 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. 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.
What to see and do
Activities in Lake Mburo National Park include; Game drives in the rolling hills and open grasslands, Boat trip along Lake Mburo, Nature walk, sport fishing, Forest walk in Rubanga which offers an opportunity to view different bird species, as well as adventure activities like horseback riding and quad biking. Seek advice from your local Uganda safari operator on how best you can access the park and also how best to book a particular activity for some of these activities require prior booking.
How to get there
Lake Mburo National Park is accessed by Road from Entebbe/Kampala driving southwest words for approximately five to six our 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.