The Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda.
Even amidst all the national parks in Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park has managed to remain a jewel sitting on 370 square kilometers with 5 lakes in the western side of Uganda. The Western side of the lake is subject to a lush ridge that rises above the water’s edge fringed with the closed awning of Rubanga Forest and acacia woodland while the east and north are characterized with verdant valley bases that seasonally turn green and damp when it rains.
Located just in between Mbarara and Masaka, the journey to the Lake Mburo National Park takes you about 4 hours if you are coming from Kampala. It is famous for being the only national park in Uganda where you can spot and find the Impalas, elands and antelopes. Other animals you are sure to see are the thousand herds of zebras and buffaloes. Many who have come to visit this park have found it strategically located since it mostly acts as a break in your journey before heading out to explore the other parks around the same area.
There are two routes one can opt to take while getting to the park; the first is 50 and 20 kilometers from Mbarara and Lyantonde respectively which lets you enter through the Nshara gate and the second from the Sanga gate that is 37 kilometers to the East of Mbarara. The Lake Mburo National Park s gifted in a vast amount of plant, animal and birdlife. It has more than 135 species of birds inclusive of the Red Faced Barbet that is found nowhere else but in this park. Most birders flood the park because of its popular birding spots like the roadsides amid the jetty and the Rwonyo Camp and at the Warukiri and Miriti swampy valleys which are perfect for great views at the Miriti Valley and the Salt Lick inside the Rubanga Forest.
Common birds seen here include among others the Grey Crowned Crane, the Green Wood Hoopoe, the Coqui Francolin, the Brown Chested Lapwing, the Emerald Spotted Wood, the Bateleur, the Red Headed Lovebird, the Rufous Bellied Heron, the Yellow Breasted Apalis, the Barefaced Go away Bird, the Nubian Woodpecker, the Black Bellied Bustard, the White Headed Barbet, the Finfoot, the Brown Parrot, the White Winged Tit, the Common Scimitar Bill, the Long Tailed Cisticola, the Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike and Ross’s Turacos. Visitors have the option of going to the Rubanga Forest on foot or even in a vehicle.
Guided walks are also available in the park however they require you to have a ranger following suit. While on any one of these walks, you will come across the Salt Lick that has quite a huge number of animals which get enticed by the salty rocks. The walks normally take two hours beginning from 7 am especially if you are on the Western side.
Here a summary of the many exciting things you can get to do while at the Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda;
- The boat safaris. Be sure you will see so many water animals and those of the land as well especially when the dry season kicks in. Be sure to see hippos, crocodiles, otters and countless others.
- The night and wildlife game drives. These give you the opportunity to see a number of animals that are in and around the park like the porcupines and the bush babies too. During the night however, the spotlights are used so you could still get perfect sight of these amazing animal species.
- The nature walks.
- The salt licks.
- The Rubanga Forest.
- The Horseback rides.
- The Igongo Cultural Visits.
- The Bicycling safaris.
- Birding, etc.
This and so much more awaits all those that need to explore the impeccable nature of the Lake Mburo National Park!