Lake MburoNational Park
Zebras and remarkable Bushwalks in Uganda
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
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.
Situated only a few hours away from Kampala, Lake Mburo
National Park features an abundance of wildlife and beautiful
views in a relaxed environment.
Whisper of the wild Uganda’s smallest savanna park (370 sq km)
lies enroute from Kampala to Bwindi. A mosaic of habitants
including open water, wetland, grassland, woodland and forest
patches supports a diverse population of herbivores including
species such as impala, zebra, eland and topi that are rare or
Park at a Glance
Altitude: 1,220m - 1,828m above sea level, Wetland habitats
comprise 20% of the park's surface, The parks' precarious past
has seen wildlife virtually eliminated several times: firstly in
various attempts to rid the region of tsetse flies, then to make
way for ranches, and finally as a result of subsistence poaching.
20% of the park's entrance fee is used to fund local community
projects such as building clinics and schools.