Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the Mbarara district of western Uganda, approximately 240 kilometres west of the capital city Kampala. It is one of Uganda’s smallest savannah national parks, spanning 370 square kilometres. It is home to 350 bird species, along with more than 68 mammal species including zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Within the parks boundaries there is a total of five lakes, most notably Lake Mburo, from which the park takes its name.
Along with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Once covered by open savannah, the National Park now contains considerable woodland, rocky ridges and forested gorges.
Lake Mburo National Park supports globally threatened species of birds, including two of the endangered cichlid fish species and it is the only area in Uganda where the Impala can be found.
Tourists can visit the park at any time throughout the year, however conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season. Lake Mburo National Park offers a wide range of activities for visitor, these include; Game drives in the rolling hills and open grasslands, boat trips along the lake, nature walks, fishing, bird watching, along with other adventure activities such as horseback riding and quad biking. Details and advice can be obtained from local Uganda safari operator on how to access the park and also how to book a particular activity.
The Park is well situated on the Kampala – Mbarara highway and an abundance of accommodation can be found in the local area, including campsites, lodges, guesthouses and hotels.
Admission fees: Foreign non-residents: 40US$ Foreign residents: 30US$ Citizens of East African Member States: 15,000UGX