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Welcome to the Uganda’s smallest national park and nearest to Kampala capital city and Entebbe international airport. Lake Mburo national park is one of the extremely exciting destinations to explore on a Uganda safari. The park allows you enjoy remarkable safaris experience such as; birding safaris, wildlife safaris among others that reminds you about an authentic visit to the Pearl of Africa. Enjoy our discounted Uganda tour offers that include Lake Mburo National park on the safari itinerary as one of the perfect ideal spot destinationsfor birding and outstanding wildlife populations. The small park covers an area of about 370 square Kilometers and consists of season and permanent swamps, rich acacia tree Valleys, Grassland

History Background

Initially the park was gazetted as a controlled hunting area in 1933 and in in the 1963, it was declared a game reserve. The area remained a grazing place for the Banyankole-Bahima Residents not until it was declared a national park in 1983. The intention of up-grading the game reserve to a national park is to evict Banyankole pastoralist from grazing their cattle in the reserve. Although the Bahima continued to graze their cattle in the reserve, killed many wildlife and part of the area was cultivated into farmlands in revenge against the Obote government. In the 1986, during the NRM government, the park was re-gazetted and declared the smallest national park in Uganda.

Location of Lake Mburo National Park

The park is situated along the Masaka-Mbarara highway on the Road connecting Kampala to other national parks in West. The park covers the districts of Lyantonde and Kiruhura district in the western part of Uganda. From Kampala capital city of Uganda to Lake Mburo national park, it is about 240 kilometers and from Mbarara town to the park, it is located approximately 30- kilometers by road. Lake Mburo national park can be accessed by either Air or Road transport. From Entebbe international airport or Kampala, it is about 4 hours or 3 hours drive respectively.


The park is strategically located in the shadow of Lake Victoria as well as Mount Rwenzori. This has allowed an average annual rainfall of about 789mm per year.

Attractions and activities in lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo National park allows you to delight in a wide range of unique fascinating activities. The park is home to unique wildlife species rare to find elsewhere in other national parks such as; the populations of Burchell’s Zebras, Elands, Impala antelopes, Hippos, herds of Buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks, leopards, Jackals, Oribis, Rothchild giraffes, Topis, Reedbucks among others.

Here the main activities include; Game drive safaris, Horse Riding experience, Guided Walking Safaris, Sport Fishing, Birding, Boat launch cruise, sport fishing, among others. when you contact us here at Mumwe Safaris, we can assist you advise on how best you can spend your time in the park. Free feel to send an Inquiry to our reservation team that is always ready to assist you customize your Uganda Safari to Lake Mburo national park for the great rewarding memories in the Pearl of Africa. Our safaris packages allow you to enjoy the following activities;

Day and Night Game drive

Both day and Night game drives in the park allows you to spot almost all the animals in the various national parks of the country. With a guided game drive of the UWA ranger, grab a chance to view a diversity of impressive wildlife such as; the leopards, elephants, African caped buffaloes, Impala Antelopes, Elands, Burchell’s Zebras, nocturnal jackals, Rothchild Giraffes among others. 0n a night game drive, the leopard rock is an ideal place to spot the leopards. You as well meet with some hyenas and lions though rare in the park. enjoy the guided night game drive experience allowing you to spot animals that are rare and difficult to spot during day time such as the leopards, white tailed Mongooses, Bush Pigs, Leopards, genets among others.

Bird watching experience

Lake Mburo national park has been listed among the best birding watching destinations. Here birding is done along the swamps of Miriti and Warukiri. On a game drive safari or guided national walks, grab a chance to encounter with exciting bird species such as; African Grey Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Nubian Woodpecker, common Quails, greenwood Hoopoe, white winged warbler, the Rare Shoe Bill Stork among other. Rwonyo camp is another wonderful spot for enjoy birding in the park, here you encounter with birds like Black Bellied Bustard, Flappet Larks, southern Red Bishop, Rufous chested swallow, yellow-throated Long Claw, among others. Are you a bird lover? Lake Mburo national park is one of the perfect places to enjoy the birding experience in the park. contact us for the unforgettable experience in the fascinating Pearl of Africa.

Guided walking Safaris

Guided nature walks in the park allows you to spot various wildlife and birdlife such as; impala antelopes, Rothchild Giraffes, Burchell’s Zebras, herds of Buffaloes among others. morning nature walks gives you a chance to enjoy to encounter with hippos heading back to the water as Hyenas going back to their den after a night hunt. Enjoy the Rubanga Forest Walk that is organized the UWA and this starts from the western shores of Lake Mburo. The Rubanga forest is an ideal place to spot a diversity of numerous Forest birds over 42 species as well as unique tree species such as; Acacia, palm, Fig trees, Platycaluz, Markhamia among others. birds spotted here include Narina trogn, Green Pigeon, Double-toothed barbet, Harrier Hawk among others.

Horseback Riding experience

It is important to note that in Uganda there are only two national parks where you can enjoy Horse Riding adventure such as; lake Mburo national park and along Kabwoya Wildlife reserve adjacent Lake Albert. However, Lake Mburo National is ranked the best spot for horse riding and this exposes you to various unique wildlife in the park such as; shy Elands, Zebras which look familiar to the horse. With Horse riding grab an insight to get closerto various wildlife in the park.

Boat Cruise

The Boat cruise experience on Lake Mburo allows you to unlock the mesmerizing beauty of the park. the activity is extremely rewarding during the dry season in the months of June to October, December to February when numerous animals congregate around the lake to quench off their thirty. Here you encounter with wildlife such as; Populations of Hippos, Crocodiles, antelopes, African Buffaloes among others. you as well as spot various bird species like; Herons, hammerkops, Malachite Kingfisher, Rufous Long-tailed starling, shoebill storks, Fish Eagles, Green-necked Doves among others.

The Salt Lick

A Walk with a UWA ranger guide allows you to enjoy guided walks to the salt licks allowing you to see all the wildlife in the park, there is a viewing point that has been established by the UWA management where you stand to view different species of wildlife that love to lick the Salt such as; antelopes among others.

Quad Biking to spot game

Lake Mburo national park is home to few rare big cats, thus giving an opportunity to travelers to enjoy biking in the park which get them close to various animals in the park and grants clear game viewing experience. Biking takes to the grazing spots for herds of Zebras as well as the neighboring areas where you spot the Local-Banyankole -Bahima grazing the pride of their long-horned cattle. Enjoy the biking safaris with Mumwe safari giving a chance to torch and feel the intriguing beauty of the park.

Exploring Igongo Cultural Centre

A safari to Lake Mburo national park can be customized together with a wonderful visit to the amazing Igongo cultural Centre situated about 4 kilometers away from Sanga gate. Here,you grab an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition of the Banyakitara cultural traditions and heritage. The cultural Centre showcases the ancient cultural traditions of the tribes of Bakiga, Batoro, Banyoro as well as the Banyankole. The small museum consists of a gift shop that contents local crafts demonstrating their ancient cultural traditions.

Note: Lake Mburo national park harbors a diversity of outstanding exciting attractions and activities that can not be explored in just one day. It is also one of the national parks in Uganda to organize thrilling wildlife excursion safaris allowing you to enjoy long lasting memories in the Pearl of Africa.

The Accommodation facilities in Lake Mburo National Park

The park is blessed with numerous numbers of wonderful accommodation lodges where you can stay when you visit the park.  The lodges range from budget options, midrange and luxury facilities offering excellent services to all visitors. Some of the accommodation lodges include; Manatana Luxury tented camp, Mihingo lodge, Rwonyo Rest camp, Arcadia Cottages, Eagles nest lodge, lake Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwakobo Rock among others. To book your safari accommodation, you can book direct from the lodge or use your Tour Operator like us to assist you book the right accommodation suitable for safari experience in the park depending on your pocket and budget.

 Best to visit Lake Mburo National Park

It is important to note the park is open to all visitors through out the year but the best time to visit is during the dry season the roads leading to park are dry and easy to navigate through especially in the months of June to October and December to February the annual dry seasons.

The wet season is quite challenging to access the park, it is characterized with heavy rains that make the roads muddy, wet and slippery thus game drive is difficulty and, in this case, you need a 4×4 safari Vehicle to explore the park.

To book with Mumwe Safari a uganda tour or excursion to lake Mburo national park, Contact our reservation team and get a opportunity to enjoy safari packages to the park. send us an inquiry on or call us on +256700135510, +256414699459.

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