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Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and the closest park to both Kampala and Entebbe. If you are planning for wildlife safaris in Uganda, birding safaris or want to enjoy game viewing then Lake Mburo National Park should be a possible destination for you. Most of our Uganda safaris / tour packages / Uganda tours prepared by our professional tour operators have this national park as part of the itinerary especially for guests who would really love to carry out birding safaris in Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is located approximately 240 kilometers from Kampala and only 30 Kilometers from Mbarara – the biggest town in Western Uganda.
From entebbe airport to lake mburo national park, its approximately 290km.
The national park is neighboured by 4 big districts of Uganda which include Mbarara town, Lyantonde, Isingiro North and Kiruhura. Lake mburo national park also happens to be the nearest national park in Uganda that is close to the President's Home town in Kiruhura district. From lake mburo, one can drive for about 2 hours a distance of about 99km to reach the president's home in nyabushozi-kiruhura district.
The park is easily accessible by road in about a 3hours' or 3 hours' and half drive for those who want to do lake mburo safaris/ uganda safaris/ uganda tours from Kampala or Entebbe respectively. The coordinates are: 00 36S, 30 57E (Latitude: 0.6000; Longitude: 30.9500).It covers an area of 260 square kilometres but still the smallest of Uganda‘s Savannah national parks and underlined by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back.
What is currently Lake Mburo National Park was first gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and later upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The area was dominantly occupied by the Banyankore pastoralists (commonly known as Bahima) who continued to herd their cattle and other livestock in the reserve until it was granted a National park status in 1983 by the Obote regime. The decision to upgrade Lake Mburo reserve to a National park status was in one part targeted to punish the Banyankore who were believed to be supporting the anti-Obote rebels. The evicted pastoralists were not given any compensation for the lost grazing land and neither were they helped with the resettlement and many of them thus protested the park’s formation. This was during the time of Operation Bonanza massacre of 300,000 and as a result, the rangeland outside the park was divided into small pieces and subsistence plots.
The origin of this park started with a story of two brothers one known as mburo and the other as kigarama who lived in the low-lying Savannah plains hence making the area traditionally known as Kaaro karungi. One night kigarama dreamt that they were to receive substantial amount of rain which would cause flooding and there property destroyed. Kigarama told the dream to his brother but mburo took it for granted. Because in the African society dreams were respected kigarama decided to leave the area and went in the over looking hills leaving his brother behind. Finally the dream came true and the area was attacked by the rain and it caused flooding and the drowning of mburo with his property and thus the name mburo and the hills were named after his brother.All this story can be narrated to you during the lake mburo safaris/ visit to lake mburo national park or Uganda safaristo lake mburo park.
Lake mburo national park being a special place, it has got a vast ecosytem and nature prevails, in its western region. There are Rocky Ridges and forested gorges, Narrow bands of lush, riparian woodland and much more. Like many lakes this as been an addition to the formation of beautiful sceneries hence attracting many tourists to come and see the hidden treasures of the park. Since lake mburo national park is a special place, it habours 68 mammal species though it does not have elephants and lions. The fact that there are no lions, it gives a chance to the tourist to freely move close to the animals and have a close impact with them. The park has got a wide range of birds flopping in the sky and are so being visible to visitors. Some of the birds that are seen in this park include rare rare shoebill, stork, African fin foot, pelican, heron among others.
Lake mburo national park is blessed with forests which act as a habitant to animals in the park but also help in the influence and formation of rainfall that provides water. This helps to complete tasks that need water at the park like, it acts as drinking water for the animals hence improving their well being and out look. The park is rich with acacia trees, valleys, grass lands with different types of grass that fed on by the wild animals. It also has both seasonal and permanent swamps where papyrus grows which is used to make a variety of things that can be sold and improve on the government’s economy.
Lake mburo has got one of the best and affordable accommodations
among all national parks in Uganda. The lodges like any other are categorised in form of Luxury, Mid-Range and Budget lodges. Among the budget lodges in lake mburo is Rwonyo Rest Camp
and Eagles Nest Lodge
. The mid-range lodges include Rwakobo Rock Lodge
, Mantana Tented Camp
and Arcadia Cottages
. For those who would love to be unique, lake mburo national park offers luxury lodges which include Mihingo Lodge
and Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
. All the lodges offer the best services one can offer and visiting Lake Mburo National park will not be a problem as all these lodges are close to the park.
Activities in the Park
Activities done when a traveller engages in a safari to Lake Mburo national park, include; the boat cruise
which gives the travellers a chance to spot different bird species and wildlife like crocodiles, hippos among others. Game Drives
/ game viewing
is another important activity that you will not miss on your trip. These game drives are categorised into day and night game drives. Night game drives
are conducted for those that might have missed out on the day drives. Another activity that might interest you is the Sport Fishing
. Travelers who are fishers enjoy this activity and also they are joined by the locals to see how they do it locally. They get a chance to learn from the natives. The travelers can also engage in Cultural tours
where theyy get to learn and engage with the locals. Lake mburo's natives are the bahima and they display to the tourists how they rare their famous Ankole cattle
, how they process milk and yorghut, how they live and also tell stories about the national park. Travelers also visit Igongo Cultural Centre
where they get a chance to learn more about the western uganda culture. Other activities that will interest the tourists is the Hiking and Nature walks
, Bird Watching
, horse riding among others.
Lake Mburo National Park is well know for the impala though it has a vast population of wildlife ranging from zebra, eland, buffalo, oribi,deffasa water back, leopard ,hyena, hippo, reed back. The park Offers alot of animals for the traveler to enjoy his/her safari. The park also has different bird species including the famous shoebill, stork, African fin foot, pelican, heron, Crested Crane among others.
A traveler can not miss seeing any of these bird species and animals because the park is suitable located and well angulated.
Aside with the wildlife and the key attractions of lake mburo national park, the region in which the national park is located has alot to offer in terms of cultural tours
. Lake mburo national park is located in the Ankole Sub region which is known to be for the cattle keepers and cultivators. Travelers who need to learn about the culture will be introduces to igongo cultural centre.
Igongo Cultural Centre
: The famous igongo cultural center is located 4 km away from the Sanga Gates of Lake Mburo National Park. The centre is a historical site that is inhabited by the Banyakitara who include the bakiga, banyankole, batooro and the banyoro. The Centre is a cultural museum that is locally known as Erijukiro. At ingongo cultural center you will learn alot about the Ankole Culture, dressing, food, ankole cows and much more. Travelers can not miss this cultural tour.
Getting to Lake Mburo National Park
Getting to Lake Mburo National Park
is very easy since its one of the nearest national parks to the Capital city Kampala. The most common way of accessing the park is by use of road transport. One can drive from Entebbe to Lake Mburo in a period of about 4hours and 20minutes a distance of 290km. Another can drive from kampala to lake mburo in about 4hours a distance of 245km.
Another person can opt to fly from entebbe - Kajjansi to Mbarara airstrip which will take you less than an hour. This is the easiest means of transport and the quickest.
Lake Mburo National Park has alot of safari packages
to offer for every traveler looking to pay a visit to Uganda's Smallest but magnifiscent national park. Our safaris packages are prepared by professional tour operators who have experience. As a traveler you ought to make a booking with our professional tour operators / Safari Comapanies. Most of our tour packages are mixed with other national parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park
, Murchison Falls National Park
, Bwindi impenetrable national park
, Kibale forest National Park
, among others. These tours allow you to visit other national parks in the same package. Some of the tour packages lake mburo national park offers include: 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari
, 2 Days Lake Mburo Safari
, 12 Days Best Uganda Wildlife Special
and many others.
For one to tour any place in Uganda, they ought to book a trip with a tour operator/ Safari company
which will help to book permits if needed, secure accommodation that is suitable, organise the transportation, provide information of when the trip will start and end and provide a detailed storyline of how the whole trip will occur. Tour companies are mainly meant to ease a travelers journey and prepare the trip to happen in an organised way. So that means a traveler has to book in advance with the tour operator or safari company. Therefore a traveler ought to use a trusted and legit safari company
that will not cheat, or defraud you of your money. In Uganda the governing body for tour operators is the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (A.U.T.O). All trusted companies are registered under this body and therefore think twice when you decide to book a company that is not registered with A.U.T.O. Also for one to book a company that is trusted, you ought to look at the past experiences that the past travelers have had with that specific tour company. You can look at these past experiences also know as Reviews on sites like trip advisor, safari booking or even google reivew. For Lake Mburo National Park we recommend: Achieve Global Safaris, Focus East Africa tours or even Explore Rwanda Tours
as our trusted companies.