Covering 260 km, Lake Mburo National Park is located close to Mbarara district.
Lake Mburo national park, Uganda is found in an area covered in dense acacia woodland and not like other wildlife reserve in the country; L. Mburo National Park is habitat to amazingly different fauna. It’s the leading Uganda safari destination for people interested in viewing the huge eland antelopes, buffaloes, zebras, impala plus topis. Its exceptional bird species associated to acacia includes the uncommon Shoebill stork. It’s amazing landscape having grassy hills plus spectacular lake shores features forest galleries, valleys rich with acacia trees, seasonal plus permanent swamps all of which are habitat to a diversity of wildlife.
Within this National Park you can enjoy a wonderful safari or even a tour here since there are 5 lakes within the park; home to crocodiles, hippos, plus a diversity of water birds, and its border swamps are a great hideout for mysterious papyrus associated species of animal like the sitatunga antelopes and the black or red and yellow papyrus gonolek. Although it is the smallest Savannah national park in Uganda, Its combination of habitats includes dry hillsides, forests, rocky outcrops, open & wooded Savannah’s, bushes and thickets which will certainly offer a memorable impression to all its visitors.
It is approximately three and a half hours drive from the capital Kampala to L. Mburo NP. This park can be accessed using the Masaka-Mbarara highway road; then turn left to the Nshara gate (13 kilometers past Lyantonde town) which will lead you through the Sanga gate. The two junctions have well marked signposts, and it’s approximately 13 kilometers from the Sanga trading center to the Sanga gate and just 8 kilometers from the main road up to the Nshara gate. Lake Mburo NP is a perfect Uganda safari destination for those having short safaris or tours.
It is approximately 20 minutes drive to Rwonyo park headquarters from either of the gates.
Lake Mburo national Park is a renowned Uganda safari destination for its rich biodiversity and hosts approximately 68 different mammal species with the commonest being herbivores such as Zebras, Impalas, Buffaloes, Topi, plus Elands as well as occasional sights of Roan antelopes. Among the carnivores are jackals, leopards and Hyenas.ju
Birdwatching in the park:
Lake Mburo National Park is a spectacular birding safari destination with a diversity of colorful birds. For several bird lovers, these birds are actually the most fascinating creatures to look out for in Mburo. The park is habitat to more than 315 various bird species among which are the uncommon shoebill storks, brown chested wattled plover, African fin foot, tabora cisticola, saddle billed stork, great snipe, papyrus yellow warbler, curruther’s cisticola, Olea species and Boscia, hornbill & white winged warbler plus the abyssinian ground in addition to other Acacia associated species of birds.
As rare species become common, you will start to notice smaller yet stunning birds. experts actually get fascinated by the ‘Little Brown jobs’ that are the most challlenging to identify. even though most of the birds are prevalent, a number of them are more choosy in their selection of habitat. The majority of the 310 recorded bird species are actually ‘generalist’ and these can be seem almost anywhere inside the park. However there are particularly five bird species found specifically within the forest, as well as 60 specialist water-birds. Some others prefer short / tall grasslands and therefore seen majorly within the woodlands.
Lake Mburo National Park features the following categories of bird: Open water birds, Lakeshore & papy-rus swamp birds, Forest birds, Seasonal swamp birds, Grassland birds plus Woodland birds. The birds of the Open-Water within this Park are: the Pink-backed pelican, White winged black tern & Greater cormorant, Darter, Long-tailed cormorant, White pelican and the Yellow-billed duck.
Boat cruise on the Nile:
Lake Mburo National Park is has a diversity of plant plus animal species which may only be clearly seen if you embark on a boat cruise. You will see numerous crocodiles, hippos and birds such as Pelicans, the rare shoebill stork, Black crake, fish eagle, Heron and cormorant, all worth seeing on your Uganda safari holiday. For a number of tourists, the existence of Lake Mburo inside the park is actually a blessing that has so much to offer. The time for every boat cruise is open to discussion however it normally takes 2 hours and arrangements for additional time may be done with the management at an additional charge.
Guided nature walks:
The nature of the trail provides visitor an opportunity to marvel at the exceptional nature insights. Accompanied by an armed guide, the visitors have the chance to explore this circuit on foot at their own pace. Additional information about this trail is given inform of a brochure in English at the beginning of the trek.
Taking a walk to the adjacent salt is a good thing within Lake Mburo. You will stand at the well located wooden platform (Observation point) and there you will have an opportunity to see a minimum of four different animal species licking the salty soil. Really fascinating here is that these animals are actually observed without them knowing, therefore they aren’t destructed as they lick the salt. Visitors can as well walk around but with the company of an armed guide.
Having more than 40 bird species recorded within Rubanga, you can as well explore the forest by making preparations with the management of the park to get a ranger escort you. Rubanga Forest is really small however a really forest with a congested canopy. The forest has exceptional trees widespread among them, among which are the Markhamia platycalyx (grey-brown truck) with uneven flaky patches, alienated leaves, yellow-flowers stripped as well as spotted with red; brunches of very long (1.3 meter pod-like fruits). Blaze tree Erythrina abyssinica, Palms, figs and sapium (a high tree with leaves turning red ahead of falling) found near the rim of the swamp.
Conservation Education Center:
This park possesses a conservation education center, only one Kilometer from the Sanga gate and it is open to tourists. There is good accommodation plus a hall that can host up to 40 people, this center accommodates individual visitors, workshops, school groups and seminars.
With approximately 6 fish species and the Tilapia (oreochromis leucostictuss) being the commonest in Lake Mburo it is a dream destination for tourist fascinated in fishing.
Visitors thinking of taking part in sport fishing safaris on Lake Mburo must carry have their personal fishing equipments and the fish is actually found only in the designated area at Mazinga. At this campsite there is a restaurant to ensure that the visitors receive maximum relaxation while fishing.
Literature regarding this Park’s history, biodiversity as well as the other resources includes the picturesque beauty which is well interpreted Center (The interpretation center is found at Rwonyo hill), that as well serves as a beginning point for the nature walks.
Accommodation in the park;
Lake Mburo National Park offers accommodation facilities that comprise of six tents at the headquarters of Rwonyo Park and three public campsites, all well situated to facilitate and boost scenic viewing as well as easy accessibility to Lake Water.
The dining shelter at Mburo offers meals on order and the Rest Camp as well as the hostel do not stock food. For that reason, Visitors are recommended to carry their own food plus drinks for the time the will live within the park. On the other hand, Mantana Tented Camp, situated 3.5 kilometers from Rwonyo Park headquarters, accommodates luxury tourists. Note that any additional diets like chicken plus goat meat can be organized from the nearby communities for their visitors who plan on staying longer.
Getting to the park:
Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Mbarara district on the Mbarara-Kampala road, a three and a half hours drive coming from Kampala. In Mbarara, you will turn left after 13 kilometers (Akageti) past the town of Lyantonde, and this will lead you to the Sanga gate. The two junctions have well marked signposts, and it’s approximately 13 kilometers from the Sanga trading center to the Sanga gate 5 kilometers from the main road up to the Nshara gate and approximately 20 minutes drive to Rwonyo park headquarters.