Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is very special in every part of it with variety, interest, and color. It contains an extensive area of wetland and also harbors several species of mammals and birds found nowhere else in Uganda. This distinction alone should be enough to give a glimpse of what you are about to encounter while in the park once you decide to take your safari to this top-notch destination!
Its sculptured landscape, with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores which have a varied mosaic of habitats; forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps, rich acacia- woodland and grassy valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife!
Lake Mburo National Park covers a land area of 370 sq Km which is significantly small in comparison with many other East African Parks, but with its rich variety of habitats; dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, forest, lakes, and swamps, it is home to surprisingly large biodiversity 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 Zebras in Uganda estimated at about 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopards not found anywhere else in Uganda.
Buffalo, waterbucks, topi, and warthogs are also very common n this park. Reedbucks 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. With such a rich variety of wildlife, this park has played a fundamental role in fulfilling the fantasies of travelers!
At the center 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 Ruiz 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 cruise out and experience the lake’s moods and watch numerous hippos, some crocodiles, and an incredible number of African fish eagles. The lake is also one of the best places to spot the rarely seen African finfoot and white-backed heron amongst many other water birds.