Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s second smallest park, characterized by gallery forest, open savannah and acacia woodland, rock kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps, and open water. This diversity provides a suitable ecosystem for a wide range of fauna and flora. Lake Mburo National Park enjoys a tropical climate. Six swamp-interconnected lakes are home to a variety of water birds including the rare and endangered African finfoot and shoebill.
What makes this park even more special is the opportunity to experience walking, cycling or horseback safaris.
The impala, slender mongoose and bush rat, found nowhere else in Uganda, are conserved here. A small population of klipspringer remains around a few isolated rocky outcrops.
325 bird species and 68 mammal species have been recorded.
On boat trips you come close to hippos, Nile crocodiles and water birds. On a game drive you can see large mammals including impala, buffalo, bush-bucks, water-bucks, monkeys, oribi, duikers, klipspringer, bush babies, dwarf mongoose, and the shy and elusive sitatunga. Lake Mburo is home to the largest population of zebra in Uganda.
The park also supports many endangered species of birds, providing refugee to over 22 species of Palaearctic, as well as Afrotropical migrant birds in the wooded savannah, acacia thickets and grasslands. The lake itself is also home to the endangered cichlid fish species.
Size and accessibility:
The park lies in western Uganda and is 370 km² in size. It’s approximately 255 km from Kampala and 55 km from Mbarara.
Lake Mburo National Park can be reached in 4 to 5 hours from Kampala. It is advised to use a 4WD vehicle.