Lake Mburo National Park is among the top ten National Parks to visit in Uganda while on your lifetime wildlife Uganda safari because of wide scope of wildlife primates in its diversity. Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda.
It is about 30 kilometres, by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometres, by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. This park has a variety of wildlife primates such as zebras, hippopotamus, impala, warthogs, elands, buffaloes, jackals, leopards, and over three hundred (300) bird species are recorded.
At 260Km2 of Area, the park is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah National Parks, its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore has a varied mosaic of habitats forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and rich acacia wood valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife.
How to reach Lake Mburo National Park?
This Park is located in the South Western part of Uganda and you can better reach it by use of road transport means. You can use Kampala – Masaka- Mbarara highway with a stopover at the equator for some brief explanations about the Equator, snacks and photographs, after continue with the Journey up to the Park.
What to do while in Lake Mburo National Park? There are several activities to do while in this park which include Bird watching, Forest Walk, Boat trips, and Fishing.
Bird Watching. This park is among the top birding sites in Uganda with over 313 bird species recorded sightable and these include:- the rare Shoe bill stork and White-winged Warbler, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Red necked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mouse bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Horn bill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola a drive towards Rwonyo camp may reveal;. Coqui Francolin, Red necked spurfowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous chested Swallow, Yellow-throated Long claw and Southern Red Bishop.
Forest Walk. This Walk is mostly done in Rubanga Forest where you get close to Nature which includes Big tree species, Reptiles, insects plus sighting different bird species among the 313 species recorded.
Boat Ride. This is done along Lake Mburo where you sight different aquatic species like crocodiles, Hippopotamuses and bird species like Pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, Cormorant, and Fish Eagle. The duration of the boat cruise is negotiable with the park management depending on your request and need for it.
Fishing on Lake Mburo. This lake habits about six species of fish the common one being Tilapia but others include lung fish, mud fish, Haplochromes, Nile perch. A shade is provided at the fishing site during the fishing activity to protect visitors from heavy sunshine such that they can easily enjoy their activity, they normally use tools like hooks tied on hooking sticks, nets and more which are mainly provided by the park management or if possible, you can go with yours.