Lake Mburo National Park is the closest national park in Uganda from Kampala for tours taking about 4 hours 30 minutes on a road drive. The park is located in western Uganda in the Kiruhura district.
The park is one unique one of all the ones in Uganda since it has no carnivores and therefore the slogan, whispers of the wild.
With the several wildlife in the park, it is such a memorable place for a walk in the wild, cycling, quad biking, or horse riding activities that get you so up close to wildlife.
The park was originally gazette in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. In 1983, it was upgraded to national park status.
However, the parking area was re-occupied by the people of the area which led to the destruction of infrastructure, wildlife, and the expelling of staff. Fortunately, in 1986, the park was re gazette but this time with only less than half of the park’s original land.
Lake Mburo National Park is such a compact gem for Uganda wildlife safaris located conveniently along the highway that connects Kampala and western Uganda.
The park covers 370 square kilometers and the smallest savannah national park in the country. It is also the only park with a lake within it “Lake Mburo” from which the park derives its name.
Lake Mburo is part of the 50 km long wetland system with 13 other lakes in the area. 5 of them lie within the park borders.
Being close to the capital it is a perfect place for a day tour since you can travel to the park and return to the city in one day which is not possible with other parks.
It is also a good place to have a wildlife tour before or after any form of Uganda safari in the western region of the country. Here are the activities of what to do and attractions or what to see in Lake Mburo National Park.
There are several wildlife species in the park and these include zebras, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, hippo, leopard, topi, reedbuck, warthog, jackal, and others. The park hosts 68 mammal species spread through the park.
To explore wildlife in the park activities like a game drive are great. A game drive can be in the morning or the evening. At Lake Mburo, night game drives can also be undertaken and some animals like the leopards and bush babies can be seen.
Since the park is not infested with carnivores, cycling is one wonderful way to go through the park. Choose to take a cycling tour through the park and see lots of wildlife close to nature. It is a much more remarkable experience than the game drive and can only be found here.
Apart from cycling on bikes, you can also have a quad biking experience at the park when earlier booked.
Lake Mburo is one spot where most of the wildlife comes to quench its thirst and therefore can be seen here. Taking a boat cruise can help you have a great experience and also a spot to see lots of wildlife at once. Schedule a boat cruise trip before planning to visit the park to ensure that it will be available.
The park has 315 bird species including the sought-after Shoebill Stork and the Red-faced barbet that is endemic to the park in Uganda.
With the different habitats of the park, there is a diversity of bird species and these include the African finfoot, papyrus yellow warbler, brown chested wattled plover, saddle-billed stork, white-winged warbler, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Tabora cisticola, and many more. Uganda birding safaris tailored to visit the park can be very rewarding even in a short period of time.
Above all, the amazing activity to undertake at Lake Mburo National Park is a nature walk. The nature walk can be a family activity undertaken by any person above the age of 6.
Whether you need a long tour or a short tour in Uganda, you can tailor a trip to Lake Mburo National Park. Acacia Safaris can help you plan any form of the trip as soon as you contact us.