Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the smaller Ugandan national parks at 370 square kilometres, and the smallest Savannah national park overall. There are 5 lakes that fall within the parks boundaries, Lake Mburo being the largest and most prominent.

Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda.

Lake Mburo National Park brings a great deal of fishing interest, with 6 species of fish to be caught and Tilapia being the most common. The best spot to fish is at Mazinga but visitors planning to fish here should bring their own equipment and make sure to obtain a permit from Uganda wildlife Authority.

It is worth noting that this park is the only place where you can spot impalas in Uganda, and one of the few places that Eland can also be found. Other prominent species that you can find would be: Waterbuck, Burchell’s zebra, leopard (which are mostly found at night), oribi, hippo and crocodile.

Herds of buffalo can be seen roaming the area and sometimes sitatunga, which are highly adapted, will be found in the marshland.

As for birds, you can see the Yellow-rumped tinkerbird, papyrus yellow warbler, mosque swallow, greater painted-snipe, blue-headed coucal, african scops owl, hairy-breasted barbet and many others.

Animal Life

Due to the varying terrain, Lake Mburo sports wildlife that congregates in various environments. Zebras, hippos, warthog, African buffalo, jackal, African leopard, waterbuck, Oribi, sitatunga, Bushbuck.

Unique sighting: – Impala

Some of the more interesting bird sights to see include the Rufous-bellied Heron, bateleur, Coqui Francolin, grey crowned crane, black-bellied bustard, brown-chested lapwing, emerald-spotted wood-dove, brown parrot, red-headed lovebird, Ross’s turaco, bare-faced go-away-bird, green wood-hoopoe.

You may also encounter common scimitarbill, white-headed barbet, red-faced barbet, nubian woodpecker, red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, long-tailed cisticola, yellow-breasted apalis, white-winged tit, finfoot, green pigeon, shoebill stork, harrier hawk, narina trogon, grey-backed cameroptera and the double-toothed barbet.

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