Distance from Kampala: 230km. Estimated transit time: 3-4 hrs
Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect place to break the journey to or from the Albertine Rift Valley. Lake Mburo National Park lies along Mbarara Road and is within easy access of Kampala the capital of Uganda, making it a great choice for a short week-end safari too.
Lake Mburo is an ideal transit stop en route to or from the gorilla sanctuaries located in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Parks or Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Although the park is only 260 sq km, the landscapes are varied, and even a short game drive shows the color and majesty of the Ugandan terrain.
This attractive park of rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands, is the only place in Uganda where the famous Impala still roam free. Though elephant and lion are absent, Mburo is the best place to see herds of Eland, Africa’s largest antelope. Other antelope species that may be sighted in the park include topi, bush buck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa water buck and Bohor reed buck. It is one of only two Ugandan national parks where Burchell’s zebra still occurs.
In addition to a game drive, you can enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo, the largest of the five lakes that lie within the park boundaries. This lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush pig and hippopotamus, as well as a plethora of birds.
Birdwatchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia-associated birds as well as the swamp birds or the six so-called papyrus endemics, including the striking papyrus Gonolek and the highly localized Papyrus Yellow Warbler (recorded nowhere else in Uganda).
Visitors will not want to miss the famous game walk offered by this park. If you get up early, you can even see the hyenas in their caves. While on one of the game drives in the southern part of the park, visit Kigambira Hill for panoramic views of Lake Mburo. From Kazuma Hill look-out, see Lake Mburo and seven other lakes in the area.
You can also enjoy quad bike safaris in and around the National Park, just drop us an email to find out more information about Lake Mburo options.
If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of local Ugandan culture, visits can be arranged to the local community for walks and entertainment. Locally produced craft items can be purchased from the park tourist office.
- Mihingo Lodge - up-market
- Lake Mburo Tented Camp - mid-market
- Arcadia Cottages - mid-market
- Lake Mburo Safari Lodge - mid-market
- Rwonyo Rest Camp - budget