Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s most accessible destination, taking visitors only 4 hours to drive from Kampala city center. This is one of the magical savanna parks in Uganda, and it is largely dominated by the scenic Lake Mburo with forest-fringed shores. Lake Mburo National Park is one destination any nature lover should consider a must-visit on their next Uganda safari holiday.
Lake Mburo National Park was originally gazetted as a Controlled Hunting Area in 1933, in 1983, it became a Game Reserve and in 1983, it was upgraded as a National Park. It is a compact National Park, but it is naturally endowed with unique wildlife and other attractions of every nature traveler’s interest on Uganda safaris.
The park boasts of its spectacular landscape. This is characterized by lush grassland, forests, rolling hills, rocky outcrops, bush thickets, Lakes, and swamps. These offer protection to a variety of wildlife species.
Over 68 mammal species live in the various habitats of Lake Mburo National Park. The must-see wildlife species on Uganda safaris in Lake Mburo Park include zebras, Klipspringer, elands, impalas, giant bush rats, buffaloes, lion, the Rothschild giraffes, oribis, topis, and bushbucks. Other animal species that Lake Mburo NP protects include warthogs, jackals, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, and leopards to mention but a few.
Lake Mburo National Park diverse habitat support over 350 bird species, and these include resident and migratory birds. The park’s birds include the rufous-billed heron, saddle-billed stork, red papyrus gonolek, bare-faced-go-away bird, hairy-breasted barbet, African scops fowl, African finfoot, shoebill stork, white-winged swamp warblers, mosque swallow, blue-headed coucal, Carruthers’s cisticola, blue-breasted kingfishers, Southern ground hornbill, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, tabora cisticola, papyrus yellow warblers, etc.
Other birds in Lake Mburo National Park include flappet larks, trilling cisticola, African-wattled plovers, white-backed heron, red-necked spurfowl, red-necked spur, Nubian woodpecker, lilac-breasted roller, emerald spotted wood dove, coqui francolin, black-bellied bustard, yellow-throated long claw, Southern red bishop, and more.
Location of Lake Mburo National park
Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) is geographically located in Kiruhura, Western Uganda. Next to this splendid protected area is Mbarara, Lyantonde, and Isingiro district and it occupies a land area measuring up to 260sq.km. Lake Mburo National Park is most popular for its off-the-beaten-path experiences and unique wildlife. Other than Lake Mburo, there are over 11 other beautiful lakes surrounding Lake Mburo National Park.
Tourist Activities to do at Lake Mburo National Park of Uganda
Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
Game drives are top activities tourists can take part in while on Uganda safari in Lake Mburo National Park. Using your 4×4 rental car, a tour in Lake Mburo National Park will have you exposed to a diversity of savanna wildlife. The common animal sightings on Lake Mburo National Park tour include oribis, impalas, zebras, reedbucks, bush duikers, bushbucks, birds including black-billed barbet, bare-faced go-way bird, blue-napped mouse bird, etc.
At Lake Mburo National Park, tourists can participate in a day game drive (a morning game drive and afternoon game viewing), and night game drive. Day game drives offer ultimate views of big game and plenty of antelopes, plus bird species. The night game drive is best for tourists who are interested in exploring most of the park’s nocturnal animal species like leopards, mongoose, jackals, nightjar bird species, and many others.
Boat/launch cruise excursion experience in Lake Mburo National Park
A launch cruise tour in Lake Mburo National Park is done twice a day, during the morning and afternoon sessions. These two-boat cruise experiences all offer uninterrupted views of aquatic life, from hippos, and crocodiles to bird species like pelicans, African fish eagle, cormorants, blue-headed weavers, malachite kingfishers, pied kingfishers, rufous long-tailed starlings, green-necked doves and shoebill stork.
Rubanga forest walk in Lake Mburo National Park
Forest walks in Lake Mburo National Park allow you to explore Rubanga Forest. This is home to more than 42 bird species and amazing floral species like fig trees, acacia, etc. The birds of interest while on birding tour in Rubanga Forest include Narina trogon, grey-backed camaroptera, double-toothed barbet, harrier hawk, green pigeon and others.
Birding watching in Lake Mburo National Park
Birding expeditions in and around Lake Mburo National Park offer an incredible chance for birders to enjoy the sight of the park’s abundant birdlife. The abundant bird species to look for at Mburo Park include hairy-breasted barbet, blue-headed coucal, papyrus yellow warblers, tabora cisticola, Carruthers’s cisticola, Southern ground hornbill, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, shoebill stork, flappet larks, lilac-breasted rollers, coqui francolins, brown parrot, Temminck’s courser, red-necked spurfowl, white backed heron, black-bellied bustard, red-faced barbet, bare-faced go-away bird, and others.
Sport fishing in Lake Mburo National Park
Sport fishing is one of the most memorable experiences Lake Mburo National Park has to offer for enthusiastic anglers on Uganda safaris. Sport fishing adventures at this park are best done at Mazinga where anglers can catch a variety of fish species including haplochromines, tilapia, lungfish, mudfish, and more.
Horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park
Horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park is done starting from Mihingo Lodge. You will be enjoying a view of the park’s numerous animal species not in the vehicle, but while on horseback. These include the zebras, giraffes, impalas, birds, topis, and many others.
Other memorable experiences to take part in at Lake Mburo N/Park include cycling, cultural encounter, quad biking, and others.
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Frequent Asked Questions on Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is one of the spectacular protected areas that enjoy conducive weather conditions all year round. This means, it is possible to travel to this park at any time of the year, although the dry season is the most preferred time of the year. That is during the 2 phases – long and short dry season. The dry season or months to consider visiting Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive are June, July, August, September; December, January and February. During these months, the park is kept drier due to low or no rains, making its game tracks passable.
Three categories of accommodation are available for visitor overnight stay while on a tour in Lake Mburo Park, that is budget, midrange and luxury. They include Mantana Tented Camp, Mihingo, Kigambira Lodge -Luxury, Acadia Cottages, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwakobo Rock- Midrange and Rwonyo Rest Camp, Eagle’s Nest Lodge, Hyena Hill Lodge -Budget.
Driving from Kampala/Entebbe to Lake Mburo Park takes not more than 4 hours, and you can access the park through the Sanga gate or Nshara gate. By air, flights can also be organized and you set off from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield to Mbarara airstrip.