At 370 square km, Lake Mburo National Park is small in comparison with many other East African parks, but with its rich variety of habitats; dries hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, forest, lakes and swamps; it is home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals.
Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda with eland, impala and klipspringer. It is also home to the largest population of zebra in Uganda estimated at about 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopard found anywhere in Uganda. Buffalo, waterbuck, topi and warthog are also very common. Reedbuck and oribi can also be spotted in the open valleys. Hyena, genet, bush pigs and white tailed mongoose are often seen on night game drives.
At the centre of the Park is Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in the area, forms part of a wetland system. This system is linked by a swamp some 50 km long, fed by the Ruizi River on the western side. Five lakes, of which the largest is Lake Mburo, occur within the Park’s boundary.
Almost a fifth of the Park’s area consists of wetlands – both seasonally flooded and permanent swamps. The various types of swamps are home to a wide variety of wetland birds, as well as the shy, rare sitatunga antelope. Lake Mburo’s surface and its fringing vegetation are always changing, and it is delightful to take a boat out and experience the lake’s moods and watch the numerous hippos, some crocs and an incredible amount of African fish eagles. The lake is also one of the best places to spot the rarely seen African fin foot and white backed heron amongst many other water birds.
Beat time to visit Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo is open year-round, but the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February are the best time for general wildlife viewing as animals gather around the lake and other water sources. Wildlife viewing is still ok in the Wet seasons from March to May and from September to November and at this time the park lush and scenic.
Weather and climate in Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo experiences a mild climate. Daily temperatures are around 27°C/81°F, with nightly temperatures of 14°C/57°F on average. Rain occurs throughout the year – although June and July get the least amount of rain. December through February also tends to be a period of lesser rainfall. There are two recognizable Wet seasons, from March to May and from September to November.
How to get to Lake Mburo
Getting to Lake Mburo 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. Driving from Entebbe to Lake Mburo is about 4hours and 20minutes a distance of 290km. Another route is driving from kampala to Lake Mburo in about 4hours a distance of 245km. Flight from Entebbe – Kajjansi to Mbarara airstrip which will take you less than an hour. This is the easiest means of transport and the quickest and its scheduled flight which can be arranged during your booking.