Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is the closest game park to Kampala city, and it is centrally located in a series of swamp-fringed lakes. The beautiful rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands define its beauty. This is the only place in Uganda where impala naturally occurs and is the best place to see large herds of Common eland, which is Africa’s largest antelope.

Lake Mburo National Park
Common Eland

Other antelope species that may be sighted in the park include Topi, Bushbuck, Sitatunga, Common duiker, Waterbuck and among others. Only Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park still stand lucky to harbour the stunning Zebras.

Lake Mburo National Park Birding

Lake Mburo National Park has a well developed Acacia woodland, harbouring a staggering 320 species bird record. It has a significant number of savannah species and ranks among the best birding spots in Uganda to search for typical savannah birds. The notable ones of these are; the secretive African Finfoot, the elusive and yet Africa’s most sought after bird, the Shoebill and the White-winged Warblers. Other species to look out for are; Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Rednecked Spur, common Quail, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller,  and many more.

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Common Zebra

Local People

The people neighbouring Lake Mburo National park are traditional, pastoral Hima people, known for there famous Ankole-watutsi (Very huge and long-horned cattle). As a visit enters the park, will be most likely to see a lot of these domesticated animals graze near and inside the park.

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Lake Mburo National Park

  • Size: 260 sq km
  • District: Mbarara 4 hours drive from Kampala
  • Altitude: Approx 1,670 m above sea level
  • Geographical location: Southern section, about 243 km south of Kampala.
  • Status: National Park since 1986.

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A Mantled Guereza monkey perched thoughtfully among the green foliage in Uganda's forest.