Lake Mburo national park is located in Kiruhura district in western Uganda. It is found about 30 kilometers by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub –region, It is 3.5 hour drive to Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The park is a close-packed gem, strategically situated close to the highway that links Kampala to other popular national parks of western Uganda like Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi impenetrable national park. It is the smallest of the savannah game parks in Uganda. Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system connected by a swamp, together with 30 other lakes in the area which five of these lakes lie within the park’s boarders.
The national park contains much woodland because there are no elephants to destroy the vegetation where the park was once covered by savanna. The savanna is now found in the western part of the park interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.
Wild game in Lake Mburo national park
The park is a very special place where every part of it is alive with a variety, spectacular, interesting and colorful woodland flora. The attractive 158 square miles of acacia dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia is a home to 68 different mammal species. The park has antelopes with the most seen being the topi, bushbuck, the common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck.
The park has very many species which are not observed elsewhere in Uganda. It’s the only place which supports a large population of the impala from which Kampala city derives its name; also it is among the three parks where Burchell’s zebra occurs.
Other major mammal species include; Buffalos, Burchell’s Zebra, Leopards, hippos and hyenas; and recently lions have been spotted in the park, following a decade of extinction.
Birding in Lake Mburo National park
The park has about 313 different bird species including the rare Shoebill stork and White-winged Warbler, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Red necked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mouse bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola; and a drive towards Rwonyo camp may reveal other numerous species of birds to the visitors, such as Coqui Francolin, Rednecked spurfowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks.
The species in the park can be clearly viewed by taking a boat trip to view the crocodiles, and other reptiles; also birds like heron, Cormorant, Fish Eagle, Pelicans, and Black Crake.
Lake Mburo national Park is a one day safari / excursion which a visitor can travel to the park and return to Kampala / Entebbe the same day which is a lifetime trip full of interesting wildlife and nature. This adventure shows real pearl of Africa and it is the best experience in the whole world. With a visit to the equator where tourists get a chance to stand at the world’s main latitude, at the centre of the universe, with one leg in the south and another leg in the northern hemisphere; nowhere else in the world will you get such an experience.
Dazzling flora in Lake Mburo national park
The park has fringing vegetation which supports a large population of buffaloes, warthog, bushpig and also hippopotamus. Large herds of the eland keep roaming in the park where also the sitatunga confines itself to the swampy areas of the park. Also there are spotted hyenas which are heard through the night, the leopards, side striped jackal and some smaller predators are also present but the most visible are the white –tailed mongoose and three other species resident in the lakes.
Sport fishing in Lake Mburo national park
Fishing is also done at the park by the tourists for either fun or sometimes commercial, numerous fish types are found within the lake which includes the common Tilapia and others like mud fish, lung fish, etc. A shade is provided to ensure maximum relaxation for visitors at the park.