LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. It contains an extensive area of wetland and also harbors several species of mammals and birds found nowhere else in Uganda. Its sculptured landscape, with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores has a varied mosaic of habitats; forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps, rich acacia-woodland and grassy valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife.
At 370 square km, Lake Mburo National Park is small in comparison with many other East African parks, but with its rich variety of habitats; dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, forest, lakes and swamps, it is home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals.
Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda with eland, impala and klipspringer. It is also home to the largest population of zebras in Uganda estimated to about 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopard found anywhere in Uganda. Buffalo, waterbuck, topi and warthog are also very common. Reedbuck and oribi can also be spotted in the open valleys. Hyena, genet, bush pigs and white tailed mongoose are often seen on night game drives.
At the centre of the Park is Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in the area, forms part of a wetland system. This system is linked by a swamp some 50 km long, fed by the Ruizi River on the western side. Five lakes, of which the largest is Lake Mburo, occur within the Park’s boundary. Almost a fifth of the Park’s area consists of wetlands. The various types of swamps are home to a wide variety of wetland birds, as well as the shy, rare Sitatunga antelope. Lake Mburo’s surface and its fringing vegetation are always changing, and it is delightful to take a boat out and experience the lake’s moods and watch the numerous hippos, some crocs and an incredible amount of African fish eagles. The lake is also one of the best places to spot the rarely seen African fin foot and white backed heron amongst many other water birds.
How to get there
The park is situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara in western Uganda, 228km (4hrs drive) away from Kampala city. There are two gateways from Mbarara road.
Approaching from Kampala, then turning to Nshara gate is 13kms past Lyantonde.
The junction for Sanga gate is at Sanga trading center, 27kms past Lyantonde.
A number of activities can be conduct in Lake Mburo national park, game drives topping the list, nature walks, boat cruise, quad biking and the most stunning horse riding which is conducted by Mihingo lodge inside the park.
There quite a number of all kinds of safari lodging in and around the park that include but not limited to Eagle’s nest safari lodge, Mihingo lodge, Rwakobo Rock lodge, Mpogo lodge and many others.