Lake Mburo National Park

As many reserves across Africa, the park was originally gazetted in the 1930s as a controlled hunting area. It was then upgraded to a game reserve and elevated to the status of finally elevated to the status of a national park in 1983.

Lake Mburo National Park is a little compact gem, and is one of the smallest national parks of Uganda and yet the closest for 1 day safaris from Kampala. If you are in Uganda and would like to experience the wildlife safaris in Uganda, as well as birding safaris in your tight schedule with limited time to offer, then Lake Mburo National Park is the place for you. Lake Mburo National Park covers about 370 square kilometers, and yet has about 5 lakes within which make the park a great scenic beauty.


Many typical safari animals are resident, but not elephant or rhino, while lion are very sporadic visitors. Leopard are sometimes spotted on night drives. Highlights in the park include impala (not found in any other Ugandan park), eland, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and Burchell’s zebra (which is only found here and in Kidepo Valley). Other animals regularly seen are oribi and warthog. Hundreds of hippo are found in the lake.


Lake Mburo national park has got over 313 bird species that include; the rare white winged warbler, emerald spotted wood Dove, the crested francolin, the brown parrot, barefaced go way bird, the common Francolin, the green wood hoopoe, the blue napped mouse bird, the black billed barbet, the trilling cisticola, Nubian woodpecker as well as the African grey hornbill. Around the Rwonyo camp, you might see some others species include; the red necked spur fowl, the Coqui francolin, the temminck’s coueser, the African watted lover Rufous naped as well as the yellow throated long claw as well as the southern Red Bishop


The main features of the park are Lake Mburo and four other lakes, which form part of a 50km/31mi-long wetland area. They are best viewed from the impressive Kazuma Lookout. The main vegetation is open savannah, but the park is becoming increasingly covered by woodland due to the absence of elephant. The savannah is interspersed with patches of forest and rocky outcrops. Papyrus swamp and woodland surround the lakes.

Weather & Climate

Two Wet seasons give Lake Mburo a good soaking from March to May and September to November. The rainfall tends to peak in April and lessen in the second half of the year. The drier periods of the year (June to August and December to February) barely qualify as Dry seasons – they’re just less wet.


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