Lake Mburo National Park (Home of Zebras and Impalas)
Lake Mburo National Park also known as the ‘Home for Zebras’ covers a total area of 370sq km, making it Uganda’s smallest savannah National Park. Since its covered by savannah, Lake Mburo now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame it.
The Park is well a developed Acacia woodland which harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in Uganda to see the Zebras, Gigantic Eland antelope, as well as the Topi, Impala and Reedbucks.
It also boosts several acacia-associated birds mounting to about 350 species including red-faced barbet, African finfoot, African scops owl etc. as well as two endangered species of cichlid fish species.
Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes found in the park, which together attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while the swamps hide sitatunga antelope.
In 1933, Lake Mburo NP was gazzetted as a controlled hunting area and upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. Banyankole and Bahima people continued to graze in the reserve until it was upgraded to a National park in 1983.
Upgrading it to a park was intended to weaken the Banyankole who supported anti Obote rebels as they lost their grazing land and were not resettled. Many remained hostile to the park.
In 1983 the Obote regime fall and the previous residents re-occupied the park land expelling park staff, destroying infrastructure etc. Less than half of the origin park area was re-gazzetted by the NRM government in 1986.
What Activities to do
- Game viewing.
- Boat ride on lake Mburo.
- Sport fishing and bird watching.
- Horseback safari through the wild.
- Nature and forest walks.
How to get there
The park lies between the areas of Masaka and Mbarara in western Uganda. It is at a distance of 228km from Kampala which is about a 3-4 hr drive. It’s location is close to the highway that connects Kampala to other parts of western Uganda.