Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes. The park has about 350 different bird species including the rare Shoebill stork and White-winged Warbler. other species to lookout for are; Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Rednecked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller,African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola a drive towards Rwonyo camp may reveal;.Coqui Francolin, Redneckedspurfowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufuos chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Long claw and Southern Red Bishop.
Lake Mburo National Park can be visited all year round. However, the best time to visit is October to March, when wildlife gathers around the few remaining water gaps.
Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the western piece of Uganda between Masaka town and Mabarara. The Kampala-Mbarara thruway fringes the park in the north, and it is roughly 230 kilometer s from Kampala to the central station of the park taking near a 4 hours drive.
Lake Mburo is a characteristic shelter for fauna and vegetation. The bank abounds with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are changeless occupants, and bison come to drink amid the dry season. The wide assortment of occupant bird species which incorporates Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-followed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even uncommon Shoebills.