Holidays to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Just four hours from Kampala you’ll find the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks. But Lake Mburo National Park is a living example of the old adage that bigger isn’t always better. Thanks to its rich wildlife and proximity to the capital, this compact gem is fast becoming popular with visitors in search of a convenient safari. 

The park has had a long and wobbly history, with wildlife being almost wiped out on multiple instances. Today it is a thriving national park and a huge attraction for people visiting the area. It also boasts a range accommodation, from a camping ground with permanent tents to safari style lodges.

If you’re looking for zebras in southern Uganda, this is the only place you’ll find them. You’ll also find the only impalas, slender mongeese and giant bush rats in the whole country. As well as those rarer species you’ll also find a range of more typical safari animals such as leopards, hippos, crocodile, buffaloes and hyenas. You might also spot some of the recently reintroduced Rothschild's giraffes. The park is also a haven for bird watchers and boasts over 300 species including martial eagles and papyrus yellow warblers.

One species the park is not renowned for is lions; in fact it’s widely believed only one remains. While that is bad news for those in search of the ultimate big cat, it’s great for those who want to explore the park on horseback or by mountain biking as the lack of predators mean there are many more opportunities to do that.

For other fun ways to explore, why not head off on a game drive or catch a boat along Lake Mburo in search of hippos and crocs? You could also head off on a guided nature walk where you’ll have the opportunity to see animals gathering at a salt lick or head on to the equator line where you can stand in both the northern and southern hemisphere at once.

Highlights

  • Spot a huge range of wildlife including leopards, giraffes and martial eagles

  • Explore by jeep, cruise, mountain bike or horseback

  • Stand on both sides of the equator at once

Jen
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Lake Mburo National Park trip ideas

Here are some trips that include Lake Mburo National Park. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Map of Lake Mburo national Park