Lake Mburo national park is located in lyantonde, a known travel stop point along the highway route heading to Uganda’s national parks in western Ugandan. The park is the smallest of all savannah national parks of Uganda with a size of about is 370 sq km. this beautiful park is situated on the ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years
The park is consists of a lake, with over 13 more lakes in the area and channeled to a wetland which aids in providing pasture and water to the wild life, ranch farms and sustistence farming activities that go on outside the park. The lake is a home of home to over 350 bird species including; the zebras, eland, impalas, oribi, buffalos, water buck, hippos, leopard, reedbuck as well as the hyenas.
The park also harbors various endangered species of the birds for example the endangered cichlid fish species which have reduced with in the main lake and it is the only park you can find the impalas.
Lake Mburo national park is not known for being the final destination for most travellers but never the less is a thrilling warm up and ideally a good startup for an exciting safari to western Uganda. The park is located 228km/142 meters from Kampala, the drive on road Is approximately 3 to 4 hours. There are two routes that access the park from Kampala that is; branching off from Masaka – Mbarara road. The first route accesses the park through the sanga gate, 37km east of Mbarara and the other dives in straight through the Nshara gate, 20km from Lyantonde, the well-known equator point and 50km to Mbarara.
Accommodations at the park is well established with lodges to suit your stay while taking part in the activities the park offers, these range from budget, midrange and luxury. The lodges are located both within and outside the park.
Birding watching in Lake Mburo National Park
The park offers a wide range of bird species that include; Coqui Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur , Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Finfoot, Common Scimitar bill, White-winged Tit and the Brown Parrot , Lapwing, Grey Crowned Crane, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, Green Wood-hoopoe, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Black-bellied Bustard, Nubian Woodpecker, Long-tailed Cisticola, and many more.
There are various perfect viewing spots for this activity and these include the Warukiri , the roadsides between Rwonyo camp, the swampy valleys of Miriti and the jetty. These are known perfect viewing platforms at6, the salt lick and in the Rubanga forest.
Nature walks in Lake Mburo National Park
This open national park is also good for hiking which activity is fully guided by an armed ranger guide. At Rwonyo, the guided walk will take you as far as the salt lick where you keep your fingers crossed to find many animals that are always attracted to the salty rocks. The other walk on the western side of the lake usually goes for 2 hours, it leads to destinations where you meet many animals including the hyenas as they return to their dens not leaving out the hippos coming from the lake. The third nature hike takes you through the woodland where you get opportunity to see the forest birds and mammals. The walk to the top of the hill, highly preferable in the evening will reward you with the spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes in the background of the beautiful sunset
Lake Mburo national park offers daylight and nocturnal gamedrives that will allow you see various wildlife, together with an allocated ranger in the vehicle,you will have all bird species as well as mammals well pointed out in detail.. The open park is the only one in Uganda with the Impalas,. Eland, giraffes. The game drive is also rewarding with the leopards and lions. Lake Mburo national park is the only park in western Uganda where you will find the beautifully striped Burchell Zebras.
The boat cruise on Lake Mburo gets you to come face to face with the flora and fauna of the lake. There are many animals at the banks that come to the water,under these expect hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, and over 3 types of otters that are found in the lake. At these same banks are the various species of birds that include; the malachite kingfishers, cormorants, the pied kingfishers, hammerkobs, Herons, pelicans, African Fish eagles, blue headed weavers, Rufuos long tailed starlings as well as the the rare shoebill
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