Lake Mburo national park is situated in Mbarara district in the western part of Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks, It is known as the most easiest to reach Uganda national park just about 270 kilometers from Kampala Uganda’s capital and its largest city and about 30 kilometers (19 mi) by road East of Mbarara the biggest city in the sub-region. Lake Mburo national park is subjugated by the striking Lake Mburo, from which it receives its name. Lake Mburo National Park was recognized in 1983, and it’s the only place in Uganda to see the Impalas and it’s from which Uganda’s capital and largest city Kampala was named because of the very many impala that existed. It has very many attractive rolling hills and open grassy valleys, mixed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands and very many lakes. Lake Mburo National Park is so impressive to visit as it house over 68 species of mammals Common ones being zebras, impals, buffalos, topis, elands, leopards, hyenas, jackals bushbuck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bohor reed buck slender mongoose and secretive bush rat, Burchell’s zebra which only live here and in kidepo valley national park. This area has more than 315 different bird species including the Red-faced Barbet, only seen in Lake Mburo, the endemic African Finfoot and the rare Shoebill. Other key species are the Papyrus Yellow Warble among many others some of the species are endemic to this park.Safari activities done at the park:
Forest walks is so rewarding at the park as it gives visitors chance to explore the park on foot and during the forest walk vary many forest dwellers may be met on the way like very many species of birds , animals to see during the forest walk may include zebra, antelope species, warthogs among others. The forest walk is guided by a ranger guide who is experienced in the field; he will be in position to give you relative information on all forest fauna and flora you meet on the way.
Lake Mburo National Park is rewarded with over 68 species of mammals some of which only leave in this park. Game drives are done in a tourist vehicle 4WD and they commence early in the morning to catch up with the early species that come out from their hideouts, or in the evening. Games to see on a game drive may include zebra, waterbucks, topis, elands, leopards, hyenas, jackal, bushbuck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa among others. The guide is always available to guide you during the game drive.
This is a three hour’s drive on a boat as it’s so rewarding with more opportunity to see more species of wildlife that live within and along the shorelines. Games to see include schools of hippo, crocodiles, buffaloes along the shores, very many bird species like pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, Cormorant, and Fish Eagle. The duration of each boat cruise is negotiable with the park management.
Visiting the Ankole cultural center
Meeting the local community the (Banyakole community) around the park and learn more about their way of life and culture. This group has created the ‘Ankole Cultural Centre’ to highlight the customs and history of their kingdom. The centre is located outside the park near the Sanga gate. If interested purchase their locally made hand crafts to support them.
For those interested in fishing, Lake Mburo national park offers this activity; various species such as Tilapia, lung fish, mud fish are some of the species that are commonly caught at the lake Mburo. You are recommended to come with your fishing equipments or they can be hired at the park headquarters or at the lodge, a shade is provided at the campsite to ensure maximum relaxation for visitors while at the lake.
Birding activities can also be done at the park as the park is a home to over 315 different bird species including the Red-faced Barbet, only seen in Lake Mburo, the endemic African Finfoot and the rare Shoebill. Other key species are the Papyrus. Many can be spotted around the lake and others in the savannah grassland of the park. Kin birders will be in position to spot at least all these bird species.
All these activities make the park one of the most interesting place where you can not regret your money for your safari
Places to stay include; Lake View Hotel, Rwonyo tented camp- budget, Arcadia cottages- mid range, Mantana and Mihingo both luxurious.