Lake Mburo National Park, located in western Uganda, is a gem of lush landscapes, rolling hills, and diverse wildlife. Spanning 370 square kilometers, the park is the smallest of Uganda’s savanna national parks but boasts a rich variety of ecosystems, including forests, swamps, and lakes. Known for its abundant wildlife and bird species, Lake Mburo offers a unique and serene safari experience.

Why Visit Lake Mburo National Park?
Wildlife Viewing: Lake Mburo National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, buffaloes, and Rothschild giraffes. It is one of the few places in Uganda where you can see zebras and impalas. The park also hosts leopards, hyenas, and hippos.

Boat Safaris: A boat trip on Lake Mburo offers a fantastic way to observe the park’s aquatic life, including hippos and crocodiles, as well as a variety of bird species. The shores of the lake attract animals like buffaloes and antelopes, providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities from the water.

Bird Watching: With over 350 bird species, Lake Mburo is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Notable species include the African fish eagle, the marabou stork, the pied kingfisher, and the rare shoebill stork. The park’s diverse habitats support a rich avian diversity, making it an excellent destination for birding enthusiasts.

Guided Walks and Hikes: The park offers guided nature walks that allow visitors to explore its beauty on foot. Walks can be arranged to the salt lick area, where animals gather to lick the salty soil, providing close-up wildlife viewing. The Rubanga Forest walk offers a chance to see forest bird species and a variety of flora.

Horseback Safaris: One of the unique experiences at Lake Mburo is a horseback safari, offered by Mihingo Lodge. This provides an intimate and peaceful way to view wildlife, allowing you to get closer to animals without the noise of a vehicle.

Cycling and Mountain Biking: For the adventurous, cycling and mountain biking through the park’s trails offer a thrilling way to explore the savanna and woodland landscapes. Biking safaris provide a different perspective and an active way to experience the park.

Cultural Encounters: The communities surrounding Lake Mburo National Park offer cultural experiences that include visits to local homesteads, traditional dance performances, and craft markets. These interactions provide insights into the local Ankole culture and traditions.




Best Time to Visit
Lake Mburo National Park can be visited year-round, but the best times are during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February. During these periods, the trails are more accessible, and wildlife is easier to spot around the water sources. However, the park’s beauty and activities can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Accommodation Options
Lake Mburo National Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets:

Luxury Lodges: Enjoy comfort and excellent service at lodges such as Mihingo Lodge, which offers stunning views, luxurious amenities, and unique experiences like horseback safaris.
Mid-Range Lodges: These lodges provide comfort and quality service at a more affordable price. Options include Rwakobo Rock and Lake Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget Options: For budget-conscious travelers, there are campsites and budget lodges like Eagle’s Nest and Leopard Rest Camp, offering affordable yet comfortable stays.
Getting There
Lake Mburo National Park is accessible by road:

By Road: The park is about a 4-hour drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, via the Masaka-Mbarara highway. The journey takes you through scenic countryside and small towns. The park’s main entrance is located just off the main road, making it easily accessible.
Travel Tips
Permits: While permits are not required for general park entry, it’s advisable to book accommodation and guided tours in advance, especially during peak seasons.
Packing Essentials: Pack light clothing for daytime, warm clothing for cooler evenings, sturdy hiking boots, insect repellent, and a good camera. Binoculars are recommended for birdwatching.
Health Precautions: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and carry anti-malarial medication. Travel insurance that covers adventure activities is advisable.
Lake Mburo National Park offers a unique blend of wildlife viewing, scenic beauty, and adventure activities. Whether you’re cruising on the lake, exploring the park on horseback, or enjoying a guided walk, Lake Mburo promises an experience that’s both tranquil and exciting. Discover the beauty of Uganda’s smallest savanna national park and create unforgettable memories at Lake Mburo National Park.

Tour details

  • Tour Type Impression
  • Categories African Safari Vacation Destination
  • Capital Kampala
  • Language English
  • Time Zone UTC-4
  • Calling code +256