Lake Mburo National Park’s 371 square kilometers of swamps, dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannas and forested areas is magically very close to Kampala. It can easily be considered for a day trip because of its proximity to the Nation’s Capital and the excellent tarmac road.
Here in Lake Mburo National Park one can enjoy encounters with over 332 bird species as well as dozens of mammals, including Impala, Eland, Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Oribi, Defassa, Waterbucks, reed bucks, leopards, lions and hyenas. The five lakes in the park attract hippos and crocodiles, while the swamp areas teem with papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.
A wealth of wildlife is supported by the varied ecosystems within the park boundaries. It is a gem of a park, in the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland.
There is a network of Game Tracks in Lake Mburo National Park; the most popular are:
- The Eastern Hinterland of Lake Mburo, along which a variety of savannah animals and birds can be sighted, the most common being the Impala. Also, the largest population of Zebras can be found here.
- The Ruroko Track passes through rock kopies, which is the home of the elusive Klip Springer.
- The Lakeside Track in the south of the park passes through dense woodland, home of the bushbuck and bush dulker. On this track one summits at Kigarama which provides a panoramic view of Lake Mburo itself.
Near Rwonyo, there is ajetty at the Lakeside campsite, where one can set off by boat to explore Lake Mburo itself. Here one can pass near the hippos and crocodiles on the 2 hour journey. Many birds are in plenty such as the Pelicans, Herons, Commorant fish eagles and the Fin foot and Shoebill storks. With your own equipment, fishing is permitted near the campsite, if previously arranged.
Near Rwonya, one can view from a timber observation platform, the various mammals visiting the natural salt licks. Guided walking tours are conducted to these sights.
Rwonyo Rest Camp:
The centre of the tourist activities is Rwonyo, where a rest camp is the starting point for the nature walks and game drives.
On the western side of Lake Mburo once can find this small tract of tropical high forest, with closed canopy. This area is home of a variety of forest birds. Guided tours of this area can be arranged with the park Rangers.
Conservation Education Center:
One kilometer west of the Sanga gate, one can find the Conservation Education Center, where accommodation and educational talks are held for school groups and visitors, as well as seminars and workshops.
The park is 228 kms from Kampala, between the towns of Masaka and Mbrara, in Western Uganda. There are 4 gateways to the park, 2 from Mbrara and 2 from Kampala. From Kampala they are: 1) turning to Nshara gate is 13 kms past Lyantonde and 2) Sanga gate is 27 kms past Lyantonde at Sanga Trading Centre.
Foreign Non Residents: $40 US for Adults, $20 US for Children
Foreign Residents: $30 US for Adults, $10 US for Children
Vehicle Entrance Fees: Saloon Cars $10 US, Minivans $15 US and 4 WD vehicles $15 US.