Lake Mburo National Park Uganda: Animals, Map & Location

Lake Mburo National Park is a small enriched with diversity Park covering an area of 370km.sq is situated along the major Kampala- Masaka highway connecting Kampala capital city to the western part of Uganda is found in the southwestern part of the country.

As small as it is but uniquely gifted with countless and priceless natural jewels of wildlife and nature making this a smallest Savannah jewel of Africa endowed hugely despite its size every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color all dotted with different tree species like acacia and other tree species. Lake Mburo National Park is also the perfect stop for carrying out the numerous fun-filled activities like wildlife viewing mountain biking, hiking, bird watching among others.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is the home to Zebras, topis, impalas, Kob family, Jackson hartebeest, buffaloes, elands, waterbuck, hippo, leopards, hyenas and so many several others. However, it is assumed that there is one lion here too that is nocturnal lion and its home to several bird species over 315 species. Lake Mburo National Park consists of various wetlands, wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impalas. Forests, rich acacia tree valleys include the grass lands and seasonal and permanent swamps.  At Lake Mburo which is the main lake is home to several aquatic animals like hippos wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the shores.

Birds this is a home for birding 315 bird species and it’s a smallest jewel to birders and species here include: cormorant, fish eagle, pelican, heron and many more.

Attractions at Lake Mburo National park


Lake Mburo National Park is the best place in Uganda to see the leopard, especially during night game drives and safaris. This is a best place for seeing what other parks have limited numbers like the Kob family, zebras and several others.This park is an arena to over 68 mammal species and amongst here are: zebra, impala, topi, eland, bush buck, buffalo, warthog, leopard, hyena and jackal.


Birds - Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the birding sites most visited by the extremist birders who want to record what others have not yet. Several bird species are found here and the few mentioned include: the rare shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler, African fin foot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork and white winged warbler, the red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek are found in the fringing papyrus; you would not want to miss and the list is enormously endless. Get time and visit this beautiful park and explore the best of what it can offer.

Lake Mburo

There are several lakes in this park but the main one is the one named after the park that is infiltrated with the aquatic animals that are great for viewing. Don’t miss out boat launch also on Lake Mburo. This park is generally the best Savannah park to be while in Uganda.

Tourists Activities

Game drives

Both day and night game drives are carried out at Lake Mburo national park giving a chance e to view several wildlife in the areas of their location, habitants. The animals here include leopards at night during night drives, zebras, giraffes, topis, impalas, elands, kobs, Jackson hartebeests and several others. All beautifying your memories of stay at this small spark. Leopards can only be seen at night during night drives.

Walking Safari.

Though only one lion is said to be in this park, it is a nocturnal same applies to leopards that are only seen at night while on night drives, Lake Mburo national park has walking safaris that must carried out in the presence of the game ranger. This walking safaris draw you closer to these animals giving one perfect distance to take photos, selfies and observe what can’t be when on car drive. This are few features that make this park’s activities peculiar from the rest of other parks.

Boat cruies/launch on Lake Mburo.

The boat is a very good platform to see birds, crocodiles and hippos. This experience cannot be compared to any other. Its class apart and worthy a try from all travelers that are fun hunt oriented.

Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

Enjoy very good game viewing of the mosaic habitat: dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes, thickets, open and wooded savannahs, forests, lakes and swamps that are a home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals from this hideaway.

Horseback riding

Forget about the usual air balloon, car game drives and flight game viewing which all cause discomfort to the animals. Horseback riding is only offered at Lake Mburo National park ranging from 1-3 hours provided by Mihingo lodge in company of their trained stuff. This brings you very closer to the animals without running away. Get closer to animals like zebras, impalas, elands and many others. It can’t getter more experiential than having a game ride on a horse’s back. Try out by booking a trip wih us at

Nature walks.

Though it’s tiring but it is the best way to view the animals in the closest range than that of horseback ride. With an early morning nature walk, animals like leopards, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles are observed heading to their habitants after a busy night of hanging out. This is just beautiful. Kindly contact us for more details


The small national park is a jewel for several activities that are tasking yet so beautiful memories are embedded on them. Hiking is best way of exploring where the vans cannot penetrate thus exploring all corners with nature walks, hiking. Being able to see birds, animals, swamps, different plants and other species located far from the game drive tracks.

Bicycle riding.

There are better to explore this beautiful jewel of Uganda in western Uganda. Not only can explore using horseback riding, car game drives, walking safaris but also by use of bicycles (mountain biking) riding through different herds of antelopes, kobs, zebras and several animals is so memorable. It ranges from 1-2 hours with different levels.

Cultural encounter.

This small jewel is surrounded by the vast Nkore culture that is so beautiful and worthy encountering with. The main reason to visit them and explore their lifestyle immensely immersed cattle keeping, agriculture, taste their dishes, and do any unique thing they do. Let it be part of the memories you create in Africa.

 A lot has been written, more is yet to be written but there won’t be any article or blog that will put words that will completely explain about this smallest savannah jewel of national park in Uganda but rather you should get time and visit it. For us at, we are waiting for your contacts and inquiries about Lake Mburo national park.


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