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Lake Mburo National Park

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

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GUIDE ON LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK IN UGANDA

Lake Mburo Park Introduction - Location, Wildlife & History

As you travel along the highway connecting Kampala with western Uganda’s national parks, you’ll discover a small but rich haven of wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park (safari activities). Located close to the main artery, this reserve is the smallest of all the parks in the country but it has significant socioeconomic importance. It’s a place that reveals the impact of a single species’ disappearance on the region’s ecosystem. Originally a landscape of savannah grasslands, the park now has a lush forest covering due to the absence of elephants, whose foraging once kept tree growth at bay. In addition to woodlands, the topography also features gorges and rocky ridges. Spend some safari vacation time in this part of Africa where you will also discover riparian forests growing around the lakes, and papyrus-dominated wetlands.

Key Takeaways

  • Located on the highway connecting Kampala with the reserves on the west of Uganda
  • Smallest park in the country, but of significant importance 
  • Showcases diverse landscapes like riparian forests, woodlands, gorges rocky ridges, swamps and  papyrus-lined lakes

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1. What Are The Wildlife Experiences In Lake Mburo National Park?
What Are The Areas Of Interest In Lake Mburo National Park
2. The Beautiful, Diverse & Aquatic Ecology Of Lake Mburo
3. Sustainable Conservation At Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo Park - An Overview

1. What Are The Wildlife Experiences In Lake Mburo National Park?

Key Takeaways

  • Only location in Uganda that has numbers of impala, also has various other grazers
  • Birdwatchers’ haven showcasing more than 350 species of avian life
  • Lakes abounding with hippos, crocodiles, rare cichlids, a fish species and aquatic birds

Animals Of Lake Mburo Park - Big Cats - Predators, Grazers - Herbivores & Primates

The Lake Mburo National Park that you see today is a result of the efforts of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government, which redefined its boundaries in 1986. Although it now covers less than half of its original area, it more than makes up for that with a stunning variety of animal and birdlife. On your game drive trips in Lake Mburo Park, you’ll have a chance to see various species of grazers, including reedbucks, topi, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, buffalos, elands, impalas, zebras, giraffes and many more. The park is, in fact, the only place in Uganda where you’ll see impalas. 

Birdwatching enthusiasts will enjoy spotting some of the over 350 species that thrive here, including 22 migrating birds. On your birding tour in Uganda with AfricanMecca, you will also have the opportunity to view the rare shoebill stork, red-faced barbet, and African finfoot. The lakes thrive with rare cichlids, along with aquatic birds, crocodiles, and hippos. Primates such as vervet monkeys and galagos can be seen too.
What Are The Wildlife Experiences In Lake Mburo National Park

What Are The Areas Of Interest In Lake Mburo National Park?

2. The Beautiful, Diverse & Aquatic Ecology Of Lake Mburo

Key Takeaways

  • Comprises of a network of 13 lakes, of which 5 are located within the park’s boundaries
  • Lakes and swamplands combining to create an ecosystem of water bodies that is 50 kilometers (31 miles) long
  • Bedrock made with 500-million-year-old Precambrian rock
Lake Mburo is a transition point, where the raging waters of the Victoria Nile, after thundering over 80 kilometers (50 miles) of rapids, transform into the calm, lazily flowing Albert Nile. The waters gush powerfully through a compressed, 7-meter (23 feet) wide gorge and throw up a mist that spreads across a 50-meter (164 feet) radius. It creates a fabulous rainbow that dances over the falls – and presents a lovely scenic photo safari opportunity. Next to Lake Mburo is the tamer Uhuru Falls, which first came into being in 1962 when the river overflowed its banks and cut a new channel.
The Beautiful, Diverse & Aquatic Ecology Of Lake Mburo

3. Sustainable Conservation At Lake Mburo

Key Takeaways

  • Balanced sustainability between the Banyankole Bahima tribe and park’s preservation goals
  • The park’s history strengthens its future existence
  • A good example for renewed conservation for the rest of Uganda and Africa
Go on a sustainable safari holiday in the reserve and you will learn about how the rich grasslands provide sustenance to the long-horned Ankole cattle, owned by the Banyankole Bahima people who reside on the edges of the park. The local people depend on the park’s natural resources in a number of ways, gleaning materials from it to make medicines, thatch roofs, and create handicrafts. Education support for the children is a priority too. Rainfall here is erratic since the area falls in a rain shadow between Lake Victoria and the Rwenzori Mountains range. During a good wet season, rainfall can vary from 500 mm to 1000 mm.

Fishing from the lakes also offers a major source of food. In 1933, the reserve was slated as a Controlled Hunting Area, and it was given national park status in 1983. However, strife between the former ruling Obote government and local people took its toll on the reserve and its residents, and much of the wildlife and vegetation was destroyed. This is now slowly reversing with the forward looking government in Uganda. The wildlife of Lake Mburo and its renewed ecology are getting back to its former glory every day.
Sustainable Conservation At Lake Mburo

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WHERE & BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LAKE MBURO
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WHERE & BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LAKE MBURO

Lake Mburo has limited quality camps and lodges. AfricanMecca only recommends Mihingo Lodge that affords a mid-range Deluxe Tier 2 Safari rating. It offers a tented lodge experience with diverse activities.

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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE MBURO

Lake Mburo Park offer many activities such as horse riding safaris, biking, bush walks, day and night game drives, boat trips, cultural interactions with the Banyankole Bahima tribe, visit to wildlife hides.

BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE MBURO
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE MBURO

Like most locations in Africa, Lake Mburo National Park has two wet rainy seasons and two dry seasons. December to February, June to August are the best times to visit Lake Mburo Park in Uganda.

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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE MBURO IN UGANDA

When visiting Lake Mburo for your wildlife safari, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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