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Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and colour of acacia-dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia, an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impala.

The unrivaled sights and sounds take your experience to a whole new level as you enjoy the thrilling activities that keep the travellers desiring for more.

Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park

This park has a varied habitats and landscapes inclusive of forests rich in acacia tree valleys, grasslands, seasonal and permanent swamps. The rich vegetation in turn inhabits a variety of mammals and bird species.The woody vegetation of Lake Mburo is dominated by Acacia species, Olea species and Boscia species while the fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the red, black and yellow papyrus gonolek.

The park has more than 68 mammal species, including zebra, impala, topi, eland, bush buck, buffalo, warthog, leopard, hyena, Vervet Monkeys and jackal and many more. For enthusiastic birders, the park is home to more than 315 different species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler e.t.c.

How to Get to Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Mbarara district and is about 3.5 hours drive from Kampala road, making it the closest national park to Kampala. The park Can be accessed in two gates,  namely Sanga gate accessible when one is driving from Kampala side and Nshara gate accessible when one is coming from Mbarara side

Lake Mburo National Park is mostly used as a stopover to reduce the journey to South weatern Uganda.. Be prepared to see much wildlife on your way to the park. You will enjoy the sights of the Ankole Longhorn cattle graze along the wild animals in harmony.

Activities and Attractions in Lake Mburo National Park

Wildlife viewing

Home to over 68 mammal species among which are Antelopes, Common Duiker, Defassa Waterbuck, Bofor, Impalas, Buffalos, Bush pigs, Giraffes, Eland, and Zebras. You will enjoy a game drive in the park with wonderful views of the amazing wildlife.


Birding is a must do activity in Lake Mburo as it is inhabited by over 350 bird species.The savannah park  has a variety of birds that are easy to see with opportunities for forest birds, savannah birds and water birds on Lake Mburo.The best attraction is the elusive African Finfoot and the beautiful Malachite Kingfisher & Pied Kingfisher fishing.


A safari to this lake-filled national park with 5 lakes in it will take you on a fishing expedition or experience with Mazinga set aside for fishing. For one enthusiastic about sports fishing, it can be done here albeit with a license. The tilapia is a local favorite and one likely to be your catch among the 6 fish species in the lake.

Nocturnal game drive.

On a nocturnal drive, there is a chance to see porcupines, bush babies and even leopards on parole. It is advised that you are guided by an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) game ranger as you explore wildlife .

Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park