Lake Mburo National Park is the nearest of Ugandan national parks stretching over 260 square kilometres into the Ankole kingdom. It is dominated by the Lake Mburo extending 13 square kilometres composed of a fringe woodland and significant papyrus areas. The lake is the largest of the five lakes found within the park boundaries. The national park was initially ignored on African safaris due to the low number of predators and large mammals particularly elephants and lions however with time it has improved with an incredible number of activities like horseback riding, perfect tails for biking safaris and the introduction of the Roth child’s giraffes were worth an uplift making it a common stopover en-route to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The park is a hilly under laid by granite rocks and sandy soils, it is placed at an altitude between 1,220m and 1,828m receiving a low rainfall all throughout the year most of the surface area contains water bodies and swamps remaining area supporting a cover of savannah and woodlands composed of acacia thorny trees these are habitats to several wildlife species with animals not easily seen in Ugandan national park for instance the last remaining population of impalas, it is one amongst two national parks where the burchell’s zebras can be found in a large number, other animals include topi, Defassa water bucks, buffaloes, the sitatunga around the swamp areas, elands, giraffes. The only two present primate residents are the vervet monkeys and olive baboons. Some 315 bird species have been recorded in the national park and the best place to see the acacia associated birds for example the mosque swallow.
Game drives There are several activities highlighted in the national park including game drives, the trails are strategically distributed to ease wildlife viewing for example the impala and warukiri tracks usually host a good number of zebra, water bucks, buffalo and topi, the dry season is the best to see animals as they gather around swampy areas for water, night game drives are conducted in search of predators like leopards which have been increasing in population over the past few years these are charged an extra fee compared to the day.
Boat trips in along the lake Mburo is over an exciting water experience, it creates an involved wildlife feeling with angelic scenery cruising through beautiful flora and fauna, they normally take 2 hours having sights of hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes and a variety water birds for example the African fish eagle, king fishers on a lucky day it is possible to see the rare shoe bill stock.
Horseback riding is an introduction of Mihingo Lodge east of the national park it’s a great opportunity to get close to wildlife like zebras and elands which are far more comfortable with horses than cars, rides are adjusted according to the riders ability from both beginners and expert ridders, rates are tailored to individual prices, rides are guided by an experienced guide for a fruitful search. Visitors are allowed to take guided nature walks in the national park with an armed game ranger.
How to get to Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda and can be easily accessed by road taking approximately 228 kilometres taking 3 and half hours’ drive, the park lies between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara.