Lake Mburo the smallest (only 260 sq) of Uganda’s savannah national parks was gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and later was upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The locals believe on Ankole myth where two brothers named Mburo and Kigarama lived in a big valley, One-day kigarama moved uphill and Mburo decided to remain behind which is the current lake.
Lake Mburo is the only national park in southern Uganda where you can see Zebras and Impalas though no Elephants and recently there are the reintroduced Rothschild’s Giraffes, reasons because of fewer predators especially lions. The diversity of wildlife is contributed by a wide range of vegetation from wooded savanna forests, bushes thickets, dry hillside, and lakes, swamps and rocky outcrops, are home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals.
The Bahima people live next to the park; they are famous for their traditional beliefs where men do not marry outside their Nilotic ethnic group and they own the famed long-horned Ankole cattle.
Lake Mburo National Park Weather
Due to the proximity to the Equator, Lake Mburo National park daily average temperatures range between 27°C/81°F, with nightly temperatures of 14°C/57°F. Its altitude ranges between 1,239-1,607m / 4,065-5,272ft.
Lake Mburo National Park Activities
- Boat trips at the lakes to view the diverse animals, birds, and plant species.
- Horseback riding because we have minimal predators
- Forest walks in Rubanga Forest with more than 40 bird’s species
- Visit to the Equator Line
- Nature trail with a local naturalist
- Bicycle adventure
- Igongo Cultural Centre
- Fishing especially for Tilapia, mud, and lungfish
Lake Mburo National Park Location
The park is located in the western part of Uganda. It’s approximately 240 kilometers (150 mi), driving from Kampala Uganda capital city.
Lake Mburo National Park Accommodations/Lodges
There are several accommodation facilities where you can stay which include Mantana Luxury camp, Mihingo safari lodge etc. Please contact us for booking and recommendations.
Best Time to Visit Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park tour package can be combined with Gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi National Park; Dry months are the best for game viewing from January to March and May to September.
Lake Mburo National Park Tours/safaris
Lake Mburo National Park safari packages can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi as an extension of an Africa safari or from Entebbe Town – Uganda as part of the gorilla Trekking expedition.
Some of Lake Mburo National Park Safari packages offered by DK Grand Safaris include; photographic safaris, private safaris, family safari, honeymoon safari, customized and combination with Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi National Park. These safari packages include; accommodation, safari with 4×4 Land cruisers, game drives, Lake Mburo National Park entrance fee and Lake Mburo National Park entry fee, professional guides etc.
Lake Mburo National Park Animals
Lake Mburo national park is home to more than 69 species of mammals which include; Impala, zebras, topi, hippo, reedbucks, hyenas, waterbucks, buffaloes, crocodiles, and now the reintroduced Rothschild giraffe etc.
Approximately 350 birds species have been recorded there, they include; lilac-breasted roller, rufous chested swallow, black-billed barbet, blue-napped mouse-bird, brown chested lapwing, black-bellied bustard, the endemic African fin-foot, southern red bishop, rare shoebill, etc.