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A safari to Lake Mburo National Park is a great option if you are interested in wildlife, birding, or simply want to see some wildlife. FILE PHOTO

Consider Lake Mburo National Park if you’re planning a wildlife safari in Uganda, birding safaris, or simply want to enjoy some game viewing.

Despite being the smallest national park in Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park attracts tourists both locally and globally. It is closer to both Kampala and Entebbe compared to other national parks within the country. 

If you’re considering wildlife safaris in Uganda, birding safaris, or simply want to enjoy some game viewing, Lake Mburo National Park should be considered. 

The majority of Uganda safaris/tour packages made by professional tour operators include this national park on the itinerary, particularly for clients interested in birding safaris in Uganda

The national park is surrounded by four of Uganda’s largest districts, including Mbarara town, Lyantonde, Isingiro North, and Kiruhura. From Lake Mburo, it takes around two hours to drive approximately 99 kilometres to the president’s residence in the Nyabushozi-Kiruhura district.

The park is easily accessible by road and is around a 4-5 hour drive from Kampala or Entebbe. It encompasses 260 square kilometres but remains the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks, owing to the presence of ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

Ecosystem

As a unique location, Lake Mburo national park boasts a diverse environment in which nature reigns supreme in its western portion. There are rocky ridges and forested gorges, as well as narrow patches of lush, riparian forest. 

As with many lakes, this has contributed to the construction of stunning scenery, inviting a large number of tourists to come and explore the park’s hidden gems. 

Because Lake Mburo national park is unique, it is home to 68 mammal species despite the absence of elephants and lions. The absence of lions allows tourists to approach the animals freely and have a direct impact on them. 

The park is home to a diverse array of birds that flutter in the skies and are thus visible to visitors. Among the birds spotted in this park are uncommon shoebills, storks, African finfoots, pelicans, and herons.

Lake Mburo national park is blessed with forests that not only provide habitat for the park’s animals but also contribute to the influence and production of rainfall that supplies water. 

The park is densely forested with acacia trees, valleys, and grasslands with a variety of grasses that the park’s wildlife feeds on.

Additionally, it includes seasonal and permanent marshes where papyrus grows. Papyrus is used to manufacture a range of products that can be sold to help the government’s economy.

Accommodation Facilities

Lake Mburo boasts one of the best and most economical accommodation options among Uganda’s national parks. As with any other type of accommodation, lodges are classified as Luxury, Mid-Range, or Budget. 

Rwonyo Rest Camp and Eagles Nest Lodge are two of Lake Mburo’s cheap lodges. Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, and Arcadia Cottages are among the mid-range lodges. 

Lake Mburo national park offers luxury hotels such as Mihingo Lodge and Lake Mburo Safari Lodge for people seeking something distinctive. 

All of the lodges provide the greatest services possible, and visiting Lake Mburo National Park will be a breeze due to the lodges’ proximity to the park. 

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In addition to the impala, Lake Mburo National Park is home to zebra.

Park Activities

When a traveller goes on a safari to Lake Mburo national park, they participate in activities such as a boat cruise, which allows them to see a variety of bird species and wildlife like crocodiles and hippos. 

Game drives/game viewing are another must-do activity on your trip. These game drives are classified as either day or night drives. Night game drives are held for people who missed the day drives. Sportfishing is another sport that may be of interest to you. 

Travellers who are fishermen like this practise, and they are frequently accompanied by locals to observe how they do it. They have the opportunity to learn from the indigenous people. 

Additionally, travellers can participate in cultural tours where they can learn about and interact with the locals. 

The Bahima are the indigenous people of Lake Mburo, and they demonstrate to tourists how they breed their famous Ankole cow, process milk and yoghurt, live, and also narrate stories about the national park. 

Additionally, travellers can visit the Igongo Cultural Centre to learn more about western Ugandan culture. Other activities that travellers will enjoy include hiking and nature hikes, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding.

Wildlife

Although Lake Mburo National Park is best known for the impala, it is also home to a diverse range of species including zebra, eland, buffalo, oribi, deffasa water back, leopard, hyena, hippo, and reed back. 

The park is home to a variety of creatures that will ensure that the traveller enjoys his or her trip. Additionally, the park is home to approximately 300 bird species, including the famed shoebill, stork, African finfoot, pelican, heron, and Crested Crane. 

A traveller cannot miss witnessing any of these bird or animal species due to the park’s convenient location and well-angulated layout. 

Cultural Tours/Safaris

Apart from the animals and primary features of Lake Mburo national park, the region surrounding the park offers a wealth of cultural tours. 

The Ankole sub-region where the park is situated is notable for its cattle ranching and cultivation. 

The Igongo cultural centre will also be introduced to those who wish to learn about the culture. It is located 4 kilometres from Lake Mburo National Park’s Sanga Gates. The Centre is a cultural museum known as Erijukiro in the local dialect. 

At the Igongo cultural centre, you will learn a great deal about Ankole culture, clothes, food, and Ankole cows. This cultural excursion is not to be missed by travellers.

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It takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes to drive from Entebbe to Lake Mburo.

Getting to Lake Mburo National Park

The park is most frequently accessed through roads. It takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes to drive from Entebbe to Lake Mburo, a distance of 290 kilometres. Another option is to drive from Kampala to Lake Mburo in around four hours, a distance of 245 kilometres.

Alternatively, you can fly from Entebbe – Kajjansi to the Mbarara airport in less than an hour. This is the simplest and quickest mode of transport.

Safari Packages

Lake Mburo National Park offers a variety of safari packages for those interested in visiting Uganda’s smallest but most gorgeous national park. Safari packages are created by seasoned tour operators. 

As a traveller, you should make reservations with reputable tour operators/Safari Companies. 

The majority of trip packages include visits to other national parks, including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Sportfishingare National Park. These tours include visits to additional national parks.