- Size: 260 sq km
- District: Mbarara 4 hours drive from Kampala
- Altitude: Approx 1,670 m above sea level
- Geographical location: Southern section, about 243 km south of Kampala.
- Status: National Park since 1986.
- Birdwatching in Uganda
- Game Viewing
- Forest walks
- Boat trips
Lake Mburo National Park is the closest game park to Kampala city centrally located in a series of swamp-fringed lakes. The Park is very attractive with rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands, is the only place in Uganda where impala still occur and is the best place to see large herds of eland which is Africa’s largest antelope. Other antelope species that may be sighted in the park include Topis, Bushbucks, Sitatungas, Common Duikers, Waterbucks and name it. Only Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park still stand lucky to harbour the stunning Burchell’s zebras.
Game Viewing Uganda (Lake Mburo National Park)
Lake Mburo is such rich with a diversity of animal and plant species which can only be viewed clearly if yon a boat trip and among these include; the Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamuses and birds like Pelicans, Black Crake, Herons, Cormorants, and Fish Eagle. The duration of each boat cruise is negotiable with the park management.
Lake Mburo National Park has a well developed Acacia woodland, harbouring a healthy Checklist of birds and boosting of a 313 species record. It has a great number of savannah species and ranks among the best Birding spots in Uganda to search for typical savannah birds. The notable ones of these are; the secretive African Finfoot, the elusive and yet Africa’s most sought after bird, the Shoebill and the White-winged Warblers. other species to lookout for are; Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Rednecked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Coqui Francolin, Rednecked spurfowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover, Flappet larks, and Rufus chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Long claw, African Wattled Lapwing, Southern Red Bishop and many more.
The people bordering and neighbouring Lake Mburo National park are traditional, pastoral Bahima people, known for there famous Ankole long-horned cattle. As a visit enters the park, will be most likely to see a lot of these domesticated animals graze near and inside the park.
Distance from Kampala: 243 km : estimated transit time: 4 hrs.
Good to visit all year round.