Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park


Located between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara, Lake Mburo National Park is a conservation jewel, found near the route that links Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda's savannah national parks and is built on old Precambrian rock which date back in excess of 500 million years. Together with 13 different lakes within its territory, Lake Mburo incorporates a 50 km-long wetland framework connected by a swamp. Five of these lakes are along the park's fringes. Once consisting of open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park currently contains much forest as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is mixed with rocky edges and forested canyons while patches of papyrus marsh and small clusters of rich riparian forest, line the numerous lakes.

The park's diverse environment supports 68 major species. Rarities include impala, which, in Uganda, only live in Lake Mburo along with Burchell's zebra and eland which were discovered here and in Kidepo. Other species include warthog, wild ox, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and reedbuck. Leopard and hyena are also present while crocodile and more than 300 hippos can be found in the lake. Around 350 bird species have also been recorded to date. These incorporate the Red-colored Barbet, just found in Lake Mburo, the endemic African Finfoot and the uncommon Shoebill. Other key species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Carruther's Cisticola, Tabora Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged swamp Warbler.

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Lake Mburo National Park

Getting There

Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the western side of Uganda between Masaka town and Mabarara. The Kampala-Mbarara roadway skirts the park in the north, and it is

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While all of the Big Five are not found in the park, there are indeed 95 mammal species (including 20 carnivores and 10 primates) to more than 600 species of birds. The

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Lions and leopards are now present mainly in animal preserves and national parks, but they are occasionally seen outside these places. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles inhabit most lakes

Lake Mburo National Park

When To Go

Lake Mburo National Park can be visited year round. However, the best time to visit is around October to March, when the wildlife gathers around the few remaining water source

Lake Mburo National Park

What To See (Wildlife)

Lake Mburo is a fascinating destination for fauna and vegetation. The banks abound with four legged or winged animals. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and bison come to

Lake Mburo National Park

Activities / What To Do

At Lake Mburo National Park you can do lot of activities, for example:

  • Game Drives
  • Nature walk
  • Bird Watching
  • Cultural Tour
Lake Mburo National Park

Weather & Climate

We're often asked 'when is the best time to go to Uganda?', and the answer is usually complex. It will depend on many things including your interests, where you want to visit and why you're

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Health & Safety

The biggest challenge for Uganda is inadequate resources. Uganda has five medical colleges and 29 nursing schools training people in Western medicine. Even so, there remains a shortage in healthcare

Lake Mburo National Park

Travel Tips

Roads are impassable during the wet season between November and April, however, bird watching is favourable during this time. The tree-climbing lions of QENP are concentrated in the southern

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The Ugandan Shilling is the currency of Uganda. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Uganda Shilling exchange rate is the USD to UGX rate. The currency code for Shillings is UGX,

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