Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect place to break the journey to or from the Albertine Rift Valley. Lake Mburo National Park lies along Mbarara Road and is within easy access of Kampala the capital of Uganda. It is ideal to transit to or from the gorilla sanctuaries located in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Parks or Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Though the park is only 260 sq km, the landscapes are varied, and even a short game drive shows the color and majesty of the Ugandan terrain.
What to see & do in Lake Mburo
This attractive park of rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands, is the only place in Uganda where impala still roam free. Though elephant and lion are absent, Mburo is the best place to see large herds of Eland, Africa’s largest antelope. Other antelope species that may be sighted in the park include topi, bush buck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa water buck and Bohor reed buck. Lake Mburo National Park is one of only two Ugandan national parks where Burchell’s zebra still occurs.
In addition to a game drive, you can enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo, the largest of the five lakes that lie within the park boundaries. This lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush pig and hippopotamus, as well as a plethora of birds.
Birdwatchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia-associated birds as well as the swamp birds or the six so-called papyrus endemics, including the striking papyrus Gonolek and the highly localized Papyrus Yellow Warbler (recorded nowhere else in Uganda).
Visitors will not want to miss the famous game walk offered by this park. If you get up early, you can even see the hyenas in their caves. While on one of the game drives in the southern part of the park, visit Kigambira Hill for panoramic views of Lake Mburo. From Kazuma Hill look-out, see Lake Mburo and seven other lakes in the area.
You can also enjoy horseback riding and quad bike safaris in and around Lake Mburo national park for a close interaction with nature. These activities can be arranged on request
Where to Stay in Lake Mburo National Park
You can choose from a variety of accommodations made available for you ranging from high end facilities, these offer first class premium serves to guest especially those that wish to spend a luxurious lifestyle while on holiday. The mid range facilities are as well available, these offer moderate service to their guest and they are very affordable. For visitors that wish to spend less on accommodation, staying at budget facilities is very ideal, these offer are very safe, clean and with good food
- Mihingo Lodge – up-market
- Mantana Tented Camp – mid-market
- Rwonyo Rest Camp – budget
- Lake Mburo Safari Lodge- mid-market
- Arcadia Cottages- mid-market
- Eagles Nest lake Mburo-budget market