Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

Smallest Uganda National Park

Lake Mburo National Park Uganda Wildlife safari destination is located in a southwestern park of Uganda and is the smallest of the savannah national parks in Uganda. It measures 260km2 in size and lies at an altitude of about 1220m-1828m above sea level. It is the closest park to Kampala city Uganda’s capital only 3 hour drive (228km) away from the city. It is a unique safari park in Uganda, the only park containing an entire lake known as lake Mburo and the only home of the Impala in Uganda. In spite of its small size, Lake Mburo national park is one of the most-visited Uganda safari destinations that are especially great for walking safaris and bird watching and photography tours in Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is small but with varied habitats for its size and nature. They range from acacia woodland, dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannahs, and seasonal and permanent swamps. Its small size should not make you think there is nothing to keep you occupied. You can have various nature walks with a ranger guide to seek out your interest i.e. birding, mammals, plants, shrubs, insects, and many more.

Safari Attractions in Lake Mburo National Park

Activities Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

Wildlife Adventures

Lake Mburo Park is home to over 68 mammal species that can easily be seen on the various trucks during game drives; Impala (only found here in Uganda), Topi, Eland (found in this park and Kidepo Valley national park in Uganda), and other antelopes; Zebras, Defassa waterbuck, buffaloes, hyenas and leopards, and an only Lion. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Hippos are commonly seen in Lake Mburo national park while on a boat cruise.

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Birding in Lake Mburo park

Bird watching is one of the major safari activities done in Lake Mburo national park because of its varied habitats that support several species of birds. The park is home to 315 bird species which include Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Red-necked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-naped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill,

Safaris and Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

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Game drives in Lake Mburo national park

The best times for game viewing are early morning or late afternoon when the animals are active before the heat forces them to look for shade. The game drives happen in our safari cars tailor-made for safaris with open roofs for good game viewing. There are various tracks that the Uganda wildlife authority has made for game drives which lead to areas where you are likely to find the different animals and best scenery viewing.

The features include; wetlands, grassy hillsides, rocky outcrops, and woodland. There are also night game drives, which are done after approval and in the company of a ranger. They can last up to 3 hours and you have the opportunity of seeing the nocturnal animals that are rarely seen during the day.

Boat Safaris/Trips

Lake Mburo is entirely found in the national park. This ensures the animals in the park have access to water all through the year. It is rich with birdlife and animals that live on or on the banks of the Lake. A two-hour launch trip is will allow you to explore all the beauty of distant hills and vegetation. Look for monitor lizards, crocodiles, hippos, buffalos, and the shy bushbuck as you ride. For the birders, you have amazing sightings of Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, magnificent fish eagles, Hamerkop, African fin-foot, and the sought-after Shoebill.

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Quad biking and horseback safaris

Horseback safaris are offered from Mihingo Lodge. You have a remarkable opportunity to see wildlife closer to nature with the noise of the engine that sometimes alerts the animals into hiding. You will feel part of nature and truly enjoy this experience. The number and variety of animals seen are determined by the time of year and weather but generally, you have chances of sighting the Impala, Topi, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, duiker, eland, warthog, and the Zebras – which are often fascinated by their relatives the horses.


The lake is found entirely in the national park. Uganda Wildlife Authority designated Lake Mburo as a sport-fishing venue but only one area is used for such, which is Mazinga. It contains about six species of fish with tilapia the most common. You will need to get a permit from UWA or contact us to arrange it for you. You need to carry your own equipment if interested in fishing on Lake Mburo.

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Bird watching in Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park is home to over 315 species of birds. The experience of birding in the park is fulfilling because it is easy to watch the birds due to the vegetation. The best spots for birding are near swampy places like Warukiri, Rwonyo jetty, viewing platform, which overlooks the salt lick. The species to look out for including Bare-faced Go-away bird, White-headed Barbet, Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, white-winged tit, Long-tailed Cisticola, Brown parrot, Grey-crowned crane, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, and black-bellied bastard, etc. One can visit Rubanga forest on foot in the company of a warden. There are higher chances of seeing the African fin-foot and Red-faced Barbet.

Nature and forest walks

Lake Mburo national park is open for walking safaris as long as the guests are in the company of a ranger. The rangers will lead you to the areas with a high allocation of animals like the salty rocks. The walk to the western side of the lake is done starting at 7 am and there is the likelihood of seeing the hyenas returning to the dens and hippos returning to the water. The woodlands and forest provide perfect opportunities for those interested in forest birds. The walk to the top of the hill will reward you with amazing views of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.

Wildlife Adventure in Lake Mburo
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Community walks and Cultural experiences

There is a community of cattle keepers along the park boundaries with various activities, you can engage in. You can visit a Hima homestead to engage in the process of milk from the cow to various by-products. You can also engage in dance, storytelling, and craft-making.