Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park at a Glance!

Plan, Discover and Explore the Top Things to Do and See in Lake Mburo National Park

Situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara in a 4 hours drive from Kampala, Lake Mburo National Park is the only national park in Uganda where you can spot the impalas, antelopes as well as the Elands among the other wildlife gifted to it, notable of which is the herds of buffalos and Zebras that you can afford to miss to see on a trip to this park. Located in Kiruhura District, Lake Mburo National Park is the closest park that even a tourist with limited time budget can visit, explore and get back on the same day. Apart from the common wildlife experience in this park, Lake Mburo is home to over 350 bird species which bird lovers can explore on a typical day.

Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

Weather and Climate of Lake Mburo National Park

The park has got a tropical climate as it is situated in the Ankole southern climatic zone. Lake Mburo ‘from which the park name originates’ lies within the rain shadow area of Lake Victoria and the Rwenzori Mountains. The park has got two seasons including the dry and wet seasons that receive the bimodal low rainfall that ranges between 500 and 1000mm. the rainfall also tends to be so erratic as well as unreliable, that causes the low pastures which affects the wildlife behaviors that includes the birds and creates the demand on the park by the known local pastoralists. The temperatures here also range between 23-25 degrees and evapotranspiration of the areas in the northwest, north and in the northeast to the east that ranges from 450 to 1600mm. Also, the areas in the south and in the southwest of the national park always experience lower evapotranspiration that ranges between 1300 to 1450mm.

Oret Tours is a Ugandan tour based operators that prides itself to offer professional affordable tour packages to Lake Mburo National Park covering a wide range of activities in this park. Let’s explore the top things to do!

Top Tourist Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

Bird Watching in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is undoubtedly the best birding destination in Uganda which most of the visitors frequently visit to explore and see the many different creative birds living in the parks. The key birding spots include swampy valleys and viewing platforms near the salt licks and in the forest. Species found at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, and Brown-chested Lapwing.

Game Drive Safaris in Lake Mburo National Park

On a game drive in this park, one is assured of spotting Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Warthog, and Waterbuck. Also available sometimes in large herds of over 100 are elands however they are quite shy. Recently introduced Giraffes are also sometimes encountered. You can also opt for the nocturnal game drives within Lake Mburo National park where you get a chance to view some of the animal creatures at night including; the lions, bush babies, and the porcupines. You will be able to view all the things that move at night, this drive is normally 2 and a half hours in the length of having dinner at the lodge.

Boat Cruise Safaris on Lake Mburo

On a boat cruise safari (launch trips) you have a chance to explore the beautiful flora and fauna of Lake Mburo while you see a variety of its gifted wildlife animals along the bank as they come to drink water in here especially in the dry season. You will also see many hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, and over 3 types of otters that are found in the lake. Not to forget, for the bird lovers, you will get a clear view of the malachite kingfishers, African Fish eagles, blue-headed weavers, Rufus long-tailed starlings, the pied kingfishers, hammerkops, Herons, pelicans, the rare shoebill as well as the cormorants.

Horseback riding Safaris in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is the only park in the country where one can carry out a game drive from the back of the horse. Horseback riding safaris offer visitors an exciting to have a perfect game viewing experience of the park’s wildlife, including eland, antelopes, zebras, and buffalos. Also commonly sighted are warthog, topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, and waterbuck. The four-hour hacks take visitors up to hilltop viewpoints with the option of bush breakfasts or sundowners. Mihingo Lodge where this exciting activity is arranged from has also got a stable as well as the trained staff that will take you out for a horse riding tour of the whole lake lasting for about 1 to 3 hours.

Sport Fishing on Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo boasts of about six species of fish, with tilapia being the most common. The common and gazetted fishing spot is at Mazinga; It is recommended that visitors planning to fish here should carry their own equipment and obtain a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. For those who may not be in position, Oret Tours can arrange the fishing gear and the permit for you if only you include this in your request for the itinerary package to Lake Mburo National Park.

Hikes and Guided Nature Walks

Lake Mburo National park is open for walking safaris in Uganda as long it is arranged with help of a ranger guide. Setting off from Rwonyo camp, a guided nature walk will lead you to the salt lake where you will find many animals that are attracted to the salty rocks. The walks on the western side of this lake usually begin at 7 am and will take 2 hours, you will meet many animals including the hyenas that are returning to their dens as well as the hippos coming from the lake. The hikes that go through the woodland give you a chance to see the forest birds and mammals and the walk to the top of the hill will reward you with the spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.

Visit the Equator en-route

As you go to Lake Mburo, we shall have a stopover at the Equator; where we shall visit and take pictures here as we explore the equator which runs through Uganda. There are also some scientific experiments that are mainly operated illusions and not so reliable and fun to watch.

Accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park

There are a number of choices to cater to the upmarket as well as the budget tourist accommodation. You can choose to visit the different hotels and lodges websites or preview their accommodation details on The good news is that when you book a tour with Oret Tours, you have a guarantee to stay in one of the selected best lodges while encountering a trip to Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.


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Highlights Summary

Size: 370km2

Altitude: 1,220m – 1,828m above sea level

Wetland habitats comprise 20% of the park’s surface

The parks’ precarious past has seen wildlife virtually eliminated several times: firstly in various attempts to rid the region of tsetse flies, then to make way for ranches, and finally as a result of subsistence poaching.

20% of the park’s entrance fee is used to fund local community projects such as building clinics and schools.

The Park in Pictures

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