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Lake Mburo National Park

This park provides you a summary of all the wildlife found else where in Uganda’s parks

Lake Mburo National Park is the most popular small savannah park in Uganda which is home to several wildlife. This park provides you
a summary of all the wildlife found else where in Uganda’s parks apart from the Rhinos. This is the park is where you find Burchell’s Zebras and in Kidepo too.

How to get to Lake Mburo National Park

The park is approximately 410 kms from Kampala city and can be accessed through 6 districts in Uganda below are the different transportation ways.

By Road

This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 4 (four) hours from Kampala city via Masaka – Mbarara road. The roads are in good condition but as you get closer to the park, the roads are Marram and you may experience the African Massage. We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.

What to do or Attractions in Lake Mburo National Park

The equatorial climate in Lake Mburo National Park N.P has blessed it with quiet a number of attractions from wildlife to waterfalls that are all found in one place.

  • Lake Mburo

This is a habitant for a variety of fauna and flora that attracts a number of animals and plant species. The hippos and crocodiles are the permanent residents of this lake and also acts as a drink up for all animals in the park.

During your tour or safari, you can take part in a boat ride on this man-made lake as you enjoy its scenic beauty.

  • Wildlife highlights

The park has volumes of the Uganda Kobs, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Oribi, duikers, waterbucks, crocodiles & Hippos and Rothchild giraffes that are seen at a distance.

The park also is a home to two rare nocturnal that is Pottos and Bush babies.

Game drives offer tourist incredible sights for wildlife and they start at 6:30am (morning), 3pm (Afternoon) and 6:30pm (Night drive) every day.

Game drive are done using the 4×4 vehicles which you can hire in the nearby towns or use a tour operator to organize the activity for you.

The other option is through hiring a Uganda Wildlife open car that ranges from $30-$150

  • Birdwatching

Lake Mburo N.P is an amazing bird watching site with 310 recorded bird species.

Examples of bird species like Grey Crowned Crane, Black Billed Bustard, Brown Chested Lapwing, Ross Turaco, Red Faced Barbet, Bateleur, White Winged Tit and Fin foot

Best Time to Visit Lake Mburo National Park

The time of visit varies depending on the seasons that’s wet or dry, however, Lake Mburo National Park  is open for gorilla tracking all year long. The best months to see volumes of wildlife is December- February and June- September. The best time for birdwatching is March- September and Migratory bird watching in November-April. The wet seasons are March, April, May and November with higher rains that cause delays due to in passable roads and wildlife encounters.

However, due to global warming there has been a change in the rainfall patterns therefore this can change year after year.

Activities to do in Lake Mburo National Park

Game Drives

The game drives are divided into two that is the day and night drives.

They start early in the morning at 06:00am to 6:00 pm East African time for day game drives in the park.

The night game drives in search for nocturnal start at 6:30pm- 11pm with the view of the sunset and accompanied by an armed ranger guide.

They are conducted in open roof top vehicles of 4×4 and open sided vehicles to enable you take great pictures during your safari.

You will see animals ranging from African hunting Dog, leopard, Bat Eared Fox, large herds of antelopes and Zebras.

Other animals like bush babies, civets, Aardvarks, leopards, dik diks, bat eared fox, scrub hare, jackals and mongoose.

Night game drives are always booked in advance since you should be assigned a ranger and you will be required to pay an extra fee which ranges from $30- $100 for a trip.

During the night game drives, be rest assured to sights of White-Tailed Mongoose, Leopard, Hippos Gazing, bush babies, Birds Like Owls, Nightjars and Dikkops


Lake Mburo N.P has a beautiful ecosystem that attracts a variety of bird species.

The park offers huge numbers of birds with over 310 species which are sighted along the forests as well as the lake shores of the park.

For bird lovers the bird watching activity is done in swampy valleys and the salt lick and forest. These include Warukiri, Miriti Valley, Rwonyo Camp, Rubanga forest all these spots can be accessed by road or car

Examples of bird species like Grey Crowned Crane, Black Billed Bustard, Brown Chested Lapwing, Ross Turaco, Red Faced Barbet, Bateleur, White Winged Tit and Fin foot

The best months for bird watching is during November to July although you can see them thorough tout the year

Walking Safari

Lake Mburo N.P offers you a chance to move out of your vehicle and stretch your legs for either a short or long walk during your safari.

These walks are conducted by the park rangers either inside or outside the park during day time.

The walks inside the park will aim at tracking and getting closer to animals as your guide takes you through the different animal behaviours on the Rubanga forest trail.

These walks take approximately 2 hours and offer you sights of different wildlife and bird watching.

Boat Launch

Lake Mburo offers you a cruise to see volumes of hippos and other animals drinking water.

They are scheduled twice every day from 9-11 am (morning session) and 2- 4pm (Afternoon session) every day.

The boat accommodates 60 passengers in one go and a spot costs $30 per person per trip.

Where to Stay in Lake Mburo National Park

There are a number of places to stay while on your Lake Mburo National Park  trip which ranges from Budget, Midrange to Luxury accommodation. Budget accommodation ranges from $30-$150, Midrange from $200- $250 and Luxury from $300-$1000.


  • Mihingo Lodge
  • Igongo Cultural Centre
  • Arcadia Lodge


  • Hyena Hill Lodge
  • Leopard Rest Camp
  • Rwakobo Rock
  • Mburo Safari Lodge


  • Mpogo Lodge
  • UWA dormitories
  • Eagles Nest

For your planning purposes you can visit the park for a one (1) or multiple days depending on your budget. We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Uganda like Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi for gorilla tracking, Kidepo, Kibale forest N.P, Jinja tour, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Sipi falls, Sezibwa falls.

Furthermore, cross border safaris can be added in Rwanda like Akagera, Nyungwe, Kivu and Volcanoes N.P. In Kenya don’t forget to add on the Masai Mara for the wildebeest and Amboseli for the big five. These combinations will just add a slice to your safari as you touch each of the EastAfrican countries.

In conclusion, Lake Mburo National Park N.P will offer you a chance to see a slice of all wildlife found in Uganda’s Parks. Forever Africa Safari offers a variety of gorilla trekking safari options at unbeatable rates. Contact us for the best rates at or call us /WhatsApp us +256 772 221 880 to start planning your safari / tour today!

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