Lake Mburo National park

Lake Mburo National park

Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park, but it is also the closest to the country’s capital, Kampala. The park is a small gem reserve situated along the highway that links Kampala to Uganda’s western region.
Because of its location on the highway, it can be used to break up long drives from Kampala to other national parks in the western part of the country, such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and others.

Lake Mburo National Park was established in 1933 as a controlled hunting area, and in 1963 it was converted to a game reserve. The Banyankore pastoralists (commonly known as Bahima) dominated the region, who continued to herd their cattle and other livestock in the reserve until the Obote regime granted it national park status in 1983.

The open savannahs littered with Acacia trees dominate Lake Mburo National Park, which is a savannah national park.  The park’s most prominent attraction is Lake Mburo, which covers the majority of the park’s surface area.
It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks, with ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks dating back to 500 million years underpinning it.  It is home to 350 distinct bird species as well as animals such as zebra, eland, and impala, Buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, leopards, topis, hyenas, hippos, giraffes, and many other animals can be seen in the park.

The park contains 13 lakes, the largest of which is Lake Mburo, which is located within the park.  The lake serves as a source of water for both animals and residents in the surrounding area.  Since there are no elephants to tame the vegetation, Lake Mburo National Park now has a lot of woodlands.  The savanna is interspersed with rugged ridges and forested gorges in the park’s western section, while patches of papyrus swamp and small bands of lush riparian vegetation border several lakes.

Lake Mburo Nations is about 240 kilometers from Kampala and just 30 kilometers from Mbarara, Western Uganda’s largest city. It’s about 290 kilometers from Entebbe airport to Lake Mburo National Park.
Mbarara city, Lyandtonde, Isingiro North, and Kiruhura are the four major districts that surround the national park.
Lake Mburo National Park is also the closest national park in Uganda to the President’s home town of Kiruhura in the Kiruhura province.One can travel for about 2 hours from Lake Mburo to the president’s home in Nyabushozi-kiruhura district, a distance of about 99 kilometers.

Lake Mburo National Park has a variety of activities.

The park is one of the country’s smaller national parks, but it’s jam-packed with animal activity and adventure.
Guests may participate in a variety of events when in Uganda safari.  Guests may participate in a variety of events when staying at the hotel.  Guests may participate in a variety of activities when visiting this protected area.

The tasks, however, can be completed in a single day since the distance from the capital city is short.

Activities done in Lake Mburo national Park

Game Drives
Game watching is the primary purpose of most Uganda safaris to some of the savannah grassland protected areas.
While Lake Mburo does not house the African big five, it is a unique park in its own right.
It is one of Uganda’s few national parks where visitors can see endangered antelope species such as eland, zebras, and others.  Because of the park’s limited scale, game drives are extremely satisfying.
The game drives at the park are much rewarding giving its small size its easy to explore all corners of the park. The game drives are done in the morning, evening and night game drives. The park has good clear game trails where game drives are done excellently. Its only through game drives that you can come close to wildlife. Some of the wildlife that can be seen in lake mburo include: leopards, buffaloes, hippos crocodiles, topis, hyenas, zebras, giraffes and others.
Lake Mburo national park has over 350 bird species with savannah grassland bird species dominating. The small size of the park makes it easy for the birders to get there long list of the bird species in shortest period of time. Some of the most notable bird species viewed at Lake Mburo national park include; coqui Francolin, emerald spotted wood, rufous bellied heron, crowned cranes, bare faced go away birds, ross turaco, white headed barbet, Nubian wood pecker, white parot, red-shouldered tit, African fin foot, black bellied bustard, yellow breasted apalis,long- tailed cisticola, king fisher, African fish eagles, king fisher, Herons, Cormorants and so many more.
A boat ride

Lake Mburo is one of Uganda’s few national parks where boat cruises are available.  Boat cruises in national parks such as Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park are two of the most common activities for visitors on a Uganda safari.  The lake cruise also gives you a chance to see the incredible flora and fauna of the national park, as well as animals like crocodiles and hippos, as well as bird species like African fish eagles, pelicans, king fishers, herons, cormorants, uncommon shoe bills, and hammer kobs.  The boat tour is not only for game watching and birding, but also for enjoyable moments on top of the fresh water.

Riding a horse

Horseback riding is a relatively uncommon sport. Horseback riding is one of the rare activity done only in Lake Mburo from Uganda. Exploring the wilderness using another animal is life time experience. This activity is pre-booked before the day its supposed to be done. Its privately arranged activity that is headed by the lodge at the park hence the booking is done directly from the lodge not Uganda wildlife Authority. You will be guided by the park ranger who is armed ahead of you as means of protection in case of any attack from the wildlife. The experience has so far recorded good recommendations with great success. The horseback ride in Lake Mburo can take 1-3 hours as you explore the beauty of the national park savannah coupled by the view of the wild game. This experience is quit breathtaking imagine you seated on a horse moving into the savanna to watch wild game.
Nature walks

The park is available to all tourists who wish to take a guided nature walk, which is normally led by a ranger guide.
The guided walks depart from Rwonyo, the park headquarters, and take you to the salt lick, which is supposedly a feeding ground for a variety of wildlife.  Wildlife/animals march through the salt licks to enjoy the flavor of the salty licks made of water and dirt.  Another nature walk, which begins at 7:00 a.m. and lasts for two hours, takes place in the western portion of Lake Mburo, ensuring encounters with hippos emerging from the water and hyenas returning to their dens.
Another exciting stroll is into the park, where you can see the forest’s birds.

Another fun walk is through the trees, and provides views of the birds that the forest supports; further walks through the woods include opportunities to see other mammals; and climbs to the hill provide views of the park’s 9 parts, which are capped off by 14 lakes.

Short safaris such as one day Uganda safaris, two day Uganda safaris, and others are common in Lake Mburo National Park. You should also enter the park as a side trip to Bwindi Forest National Park to shorten the journey.


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