Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Lake Mburo is situated in between two towns i.e. Mbarara and Masaka 228 km from Kampala about 3 and a half drive. The park has a variety of vegetative habitats that surround the open water of the lake and over three hundred (300) bird species. At 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi), the park is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national park. In 2009, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which manages the park announced plans to introduce balloon tourism in the park.
This is the major tourist activity in the Park. A game drive gives you a chance to see the famous biodiversity of the park. The park has got about 68 different species of mammals with the common ones being Zebras, Impalas which are commonly seen along the Impala track, Buffaloes, Topis, and Elands, Roan antelopes, leopard, Hyenas and jackals among others.
This will connect to the Ruroko track which passes rock kopjes that are home to the elusive Klopspringer.
Guided foot safaris
Rwonyo rest camp is the starting point for nature walks in the park, there are different nature trail which offers the visitor a chance to walk through different parts of the park while admiring the scenery and animals seen on the trail. Foot safaris are guided by an armed guide to enhance your safety while on the safari and an interpretation centre on the hiltop behind the rest camp describes the park’s history and biodiversity.
These are organized in Rubanga forest though small but with a variety of trees and birds. In Rubanga forest alone, over 40 bird species have been recorded and here Mburo provides a taste of tropical high forest.
These are taken on Lake Mburo National Park. While on the trip a wide range of animals and plant species can be seen. These include crocodiles, hippopotamuses and birds such as Cormorant, Black Crake, Heron, Pelicans, and Fish Eagle among others including the rare shoebill stork.
Fishermen with their own equipments may fish in the lake from the campsite on arrangement and booking. In the Lake Mburo about six species of fish can be easily caught. These include Tilapia, lung fish, mud fish, Haplochromes among others.
This is the most interesting and exicting economic activity on Lake Mburo National Park. With nature walks exploring the park around Rwonyo can result in to a visit to a natural salt lick oftenly visited by wild life.
Lake Mburo National park is blessed with a number of birds about 315 species which vary from wetland birds, savanna birds and forest birds. First time visitors are always delighted with colorful birds found in the park. In the Rubanga forest, forest species of birds are well represented, here birders are at their favourite destination with a variety to look at.
Up market accommodation is found at Matana tented camp and at Mihingo lodge.
UWA provides budget range accommodation on the eastern side of the lake with permanent tents at Rwonyo rest camp.