Lake Mburo National Park is firmly nestled close to the highway that connects Kampala to Uganda’s western national parks. The Park is located in Lyantonde, in western Uganda. Of all the ten national parks that Uganda boasts, Lake Mburo National Park is the closest, just a 3 and half hours’ drive from Kampala – Uganda’s capital city.
Most itineraries include the Park as always the first or last one to be visited, but it’s always a pleasure!! Once heading to any of the western and south western national parks of Uganda, such as; Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla, Semuliki, or even Murchison Falls National Park in the Northwest, you should always break off at Lake Mburo National Park either after or before your visitation to the above Parks. It’s really essential and memorable visiting this special Park, either at the start or towards the end of your trip in Uganda!
What to see and do in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo has its own uniqueness that you will notice after visiting other Parks and then head to it lastly or vice versa. It is the smallest of all savannah Parks in Uganda but you will get a lot of fun once there.
A visit to this Park is never boring as you will spot a variety of wildlife species, though the major attractions here are the Zebras. The Zebras are all over the Park in that you will even spot many of them before entering the Park, and it’s always fun! In simple language, Lake Mburo is a Zebra Park though many other wildlife and bird species are spotted as well.
In Uganda, it’s only this Park and Kidepo Valley National Park (in northeast) that you can spot Zebras. It is actually the best Park for viewing antelopes, such as; Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks, Topis, Impalas, Waterbucks, Jackals, Common Elands (only found in this Park), Reedbucks, and Oribis among others.
The other common sightings in the Park include; Cape buffaloes, Hippos, Warthogs, and Rothschild’s Giraffes. A leopard is a rare sighting in the Park, though it can be spotted on a lucky day. Pythons, Hyenas and Mongooses can be spotted as well, though not a guarantee, and very many beautiful bird species (over 300 bird species). The Park has many astonishing activities you can wallow in and take pleasure of, among them include; boat cruises on Lake Mburo, Game drives and viewing, and bird watching, just to mention….
Accommodations in the Park
The Park consists of both the high-end and budget options; it’s up to you to decide on where you want to spend your night (s) from. Some of the Park’s accommodations include; Mihingo Lodge, Mburo Eagle’s Nest, Rwakobo Rock Safari Lodge, Leopard Rest Camp, Acardia Lodges, Mantana Tented Camp, Rwonyo Rest Camp, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge, and others.