Lake Mburo National Park


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Lake Mburo National Park signage
Lake Mburo National Park signage
About Lake Mburo National Park
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Parks total area:
260 kilometers² (100 mi²)
Year established:
1983
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • A small park that offers great wildlife viewing.
  • Home to three of the big five: buffalo, lions and leopards.
  • Supports a wide array of antelopes and is the only place in Uganda that has impalas.
  • Is small in size and should be combined with other parks

Lake Mburo National Park is located in the west of Uganda, in the Kiruhura district, 240 kilometers (150 miles) west of the capital, Kampala, and 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the region’s biggest city, Mbarara. At 260 kilometers² (100 miles²), this is a relatively small park, but it harbors some animal and plant species that cannot be found anywhere else in Uganda and is an important place of biodiversity. Lake Mburo is at the centre of the park, and is a part of a wetland ecosystem consisting of 14 lakes, five of which are within the park’s boundaries. Alongside lakes, there are other types of habitat: forests, hills, woodlands and grasslands, which provide for a wide variety of wildlife. The park used to have an extensive savannah, but due to the absence of elephants and their grazing, this is now shrinking and is being replaced by wetland.

Of the three of the big five that reside within the park, herds of buffalo can be regularly seen, while lions and leopards are more difficult to spot. Burchell’s zebra and impala are specific to this park. Eland, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, topi and warthog all live here and are among the more commonly viewed species. Over 300 hippos dwell in the lakes so you are sure to spot them on a boat safari. Bird watchers can enjoy around 350 bird species, including the rare red-faced barbet, African finfoot and the shoebill.

Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

The national park offers great forest walks and nature trails, and game can be viewed on foot here. To see aquatic animal and plant species, you are recommended to take a boat trip on Lake Mburo and enjoy the company of crocodiles, hippopotami, pelicans, cormorants and fish eagles. You can also opt for one of the horseback safaris, which enable you to get close to the wild animals, while enjoying being chauffeured by a tamed one! If you feel in need of some pampering, the Mihingo lodge offers a full-body massage, the proceeds of which go to the leopard conservation program.

When to visit Lake Mburo National Park​?

The park can be visited all year round. The best time for viewing game is during the two dry seasons: from June to August, and from December to February. Most precipitation is expected in April and November, while July and August are the hottest months.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 20, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Lake Mburo National Park is well-located between Entebbe and Bwindi and makes a good stop to avoid a really long drive. The park has no lions or elephants so it is perhaps not as exciting in a large animal aspect. It does have giraffes, Burchell's zebra and impala, which are not seen in many places in Uganda.

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Feb 04, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2013.
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah park. It is named after a Lake which lies in the park. It offers some of the best experiences of wild Uganda – recommended that you stay longer than two days. The vegetation ranges from Savannah, woodland, rock ridges, acacia, wetlands which provide different activities to the visitors. You have opportun... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 06, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
While in Lake Mburo National Park, try out horseback game viewing! it is extremely beautiful. It can be a ride or a walk on a horse depending on one’s riding experience, either way it is the most unique way to view game with greater chances of getting really up-close with the animals. For experienced riders, the ride takes about 4 - 5 hours in the Warukiri plain o... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 29, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Lake Mburo (370sq km) is one of Uganda's smallest but bio-packed with zebras, elands, shoe-bill storks, crocodiles and African Finfoot that cant be missed! read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 08, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
One of Uganda's smallest savannah parks but with lots of wonders and adventure, the amazing Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in Western Uganda,East-Africa

The park's well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope,topi, impala, buffaloes and va... read more
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Safari suitability: 6 / 10
Scenic, small park of important biodiversity. No elephants or rhinos.
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