With a size of 260 sq km,Lake Mburo National Park is situated near Mbarara district.
It Lies in the one part of Uganda that is covered in extensive acacia woodland and unlike any reserve in Uganda, L. Mburo National Park is home to remarkably different fauna. It is Uganda`s prime tour and safari destination for one to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras, topis, impala, and buffaloes. Its unique acacia-associated bird species population includes the rare Shoebill stork.it’s sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and beautiful lake shores has are harbors forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamps a combination of which supports a great attraction of different wildlife species.
One can have a great Uganda National Park safari or tour here because there five lakes within Mburo, it is home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, and its fringing swamps are a hide out for secretive papyrus animal species such as the sitatunga antelope plus red/black and yellow papyrus gonolek. Inspite of it being the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks. Its mosaic habitat: dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes, thickets, open and wooded Savannah’s, forests, Mburo gives a lasting impression/adventure to all tourists that visit it.
It is about 3.5 hours drive from Kampala. The park is accessed from the Masaka-Mbarara road; turn left to Nshara gate (13 kms past Lyantonde) which brings you through Sanga gate. Both junctions have clearly marked signposts, it is about 13kms from Sanga trading center to Sanga gate and 8kms from the main road to Nshara gate.Its an ideal Uganda safari destination for short tours and excursions.
It is about 20 minutes drive from either gates to Rwonyo park headquarters.
lake Mburo national Park is famous Uganda tour destination for it is richne in biodiversity and has about 68 different species of mammals. The common ones being the herbivores; Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Topi, and Eland never the less,the rare slightly of Roan antelonkspe and leopard, Hyenas and jackals as predictors.
L. Mburo National Park is a magnificent birding safari destination on top of her large animals, she has a variety of colorful birds. For many bird lovers, birds are the most interesting creatures to watch in Mburo. This park is home for more than 315 different species of birds including; the rare shoebill stork, African fin foot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover papyrus yellow warbler, Olea species and Boscia, abyssinian ground hornbill and white winged warbler, curruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe and other Acacia bird species.
As common species become familiar, one will begin to notice smaller, less spectacular birds. Real experts seem to get most excited by the ‘Little Brown jobs’ which are the hardest to identify. Although many birds are wild spread, some are more fussy in their choice of habitat. Most of the park’s 310 recorded species are ‘generalist’ and can be viewed almost everywhere in the park.But there are notably 5 species of bird found only in the forest, and 60 specialist water birds. Others have preference for short or tall grasslands hence found mainly in woodlands.
Lake Mburo National Park has the following bird categories;Open water birds, Lakeshore and papy-rus swamp birds, Seasonal swamp birds, Woodland birds, Grassland birds and Forest birds.Her birds of the Open Water in this Park include; Pink-backed pelican, Darter, White pelican, Yellow-billed duck, Long-tailed cormorant, White winged black tern and Greater cormorant
Lake mburo National Park is blessed with a diversity of animal and plant species that can only be clearly viewed if you take a boat cruze. To mention but a few, are crocodiles, hippopotamuses and birds like Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, cormorant, fish eagle, one may also sight the rare shoebill stork and all these are worth furnish one`s Uganda safari with pride. For any tourist, the presence of Lake Mburo within the park is a blessing with a lot to offer. The duration of each boat cruise is negotiable but it usually takes 2hrs and arrangements for extra time can be made with management at an extra fee.
Guide nature walks:
The nature trail offers the visitor a chance to admire unique nature insights. In company of an armed guide, visitors have the opportunity to walk in the circuit at their personal choice pace. Comprehensive information about this trail is fully given to you in form of a brochure in both English and Runyankole at the trek/walk start.
A walk to the near by salt is the pick of the Mburo Uganda tour. Standing at the Strategically located wooden hide (Observation point) offers visitors a chance to see at least 4 different species of animals at any one time as they lick the salty soil. Most interesting at this point is that the animals are viewed without their conscience hence they are not destructed from the salt lick . Visitors may also walk to a desired area but- under watch of an armed guide.
With over 40 species of birds recorded in Rubanga, One can also explore this forest by making arrangements with the park management to have a ranger accompany you. Rubanga Forest is very small but a true forest with a closed canopy in place. The forest has unique trees common among them, are the Markhamia platycalyx (grey-brown truck) with irregular flaky patches, divided leaves, yellow flowers stripped and spotted with red; brunches of extremely long (up to 1.3 m pod like fruits). Palms, figs, sapium (a tall tree whose leaves turn red before falling) as well as the flame tree Erythrina abyssinica located towards the edge of the swamp.
Conservation Education Center:
The park has a conservation education center, just about 1(one) Kilometer from Sanga gate and its open to interested tourists. With a descent accommodation and a 40 people occupancy hall, this center caters for individual visitors, school groups, for tourism , seminars and workshops.
With about 6 species of fish, the common one being Tilapia (oreochromis leucostictuss) Lake Mburo is a dream spot for tourist interested in fishing.
Visitors planning to have sport fishing safaris on this lake should have their own fishing equipments and fish at only the designated point at Mazinga. At the campsite a restaurant is available to ensure maximum relaxation for visitors while at the lake enjoying their fishing.
Literature about the Park history, biodiversity and other resources including the scenic beauty is always available at the interpretation Center (The interpretation center is located at Rwonyo hill), which also serves as a starting point for nature walks.
Lake Mburo National Park has accommodation facilities, which include six(6) tents at Rwonyo park headquarters plus 3 public campsites, all strategically located to facilitate and enhance scenic viewing and easy access to Lake water.
Mburo dining shelter provides meals only on order and neither the Rest Camp nor hostel stock food. Visitors are therefore advised to carry personal sufficient food and drinks for the duration of their stay in the park. However, Mantana Tented Camp ,located 3.5kms from Rwonyo Park head-quarters, caters for up market tourists. Please note that other supplementary diets such as chicken and goat meat can be arranged from the nearby community for visitors who intend to stay longer.
Lake Mburo National Park is found in Mbarara district along Mbarara Kampala highway, a 3.5 hours drive from Kampala. From Mbarara,Turn left at/after 13 km (Akageti) past Lyantonde, which then brings you to Sanga gate. Both junctions have clearly labeled signposts to mburo. It is 13 km from Sanga trading center to Sanga gate, 5 km from the main road to Nshara gate and almost 20 minutes drive from Rwonyo Park Head Quarters