Lake Mburo National Park lies in the district of Kiruhuracovering 260 square kilometers (100 mi) of land in the western region of Uganda regarded as the smallest savannah park in the Uganda existing about 30 kilometers(19 mi) by road from Kampala established in 1933 but the Banyankole Bahima people kept on grazing their cattle in the then restricted hunting area beforeit was transformed into a game reserve in 1963 during Obote’s government as a means of weakening the Banyankole-Bahima people.
The Banyakole-Bahima people fought back to maintain control of their grazing ground though they were compensated with new land somewhere else which later led to the destruction of the park after Obote’s regime was defeated and Banyankole Bahima finally rgained their lost land in 1985 chasing away the park staff, destroying infrastructures and butchering the wildlife animals but later in 1986, the National Resistance Movement under the rule of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni re-established less than half of the original area of the park.
Attractions of Lake Mburo National Park
- Lake Mburo
This lake is occupied by charming fauna and flora like hippopotami and crocodiles while the buffaloes are seasonal visitors when drought hits the bird species concentrated here are the Herons, African Fish Eagles, Pied Kingfishers, Hammerkops, Blue-headed Weavers, Malachite Kingfishers, Pelicans and the uncommon shoebills.
- Rubanga Forest
This tropical forest is west of Lake Mburo with a shuttered canopy and bears a highly placed spot for bird watching in the company of a game ranger and the has birds species like the double-toothed barbet, Harrier Hawk, Green Pigeon, Narina Trogon, and Grey-backed Cameroptera.
- Rwonyo Rest Camp
This area is famous as a starting point for nature walks, game drives; quad biking and forest walks hosting an art gallery and a bookshop combined together making it the heart of tourism in Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park hosts 68 species of mammals including the impala believed to be only founf here in Uganda, Burchell’s and elands also existing in Kidepo Valley National Park, buffaloes, warthogs, Defass, waterbucks, reedbuck, oribi, Leopard, crocodiles, about 300 hippos and hyenas. An estimate of 350 bird species like Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown chested Lapwing, endemic African Finfoot, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, L. Mburo’s Red-faced Barbet, the rare shoebill, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, African-wattled Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, and White-winged Warbler give birders a great opportunity for photography and bird watching.
- Horseback safaris
- Hiking and Nature Walks
- Launch Trips in Lake Mburo
- Game Drives
- Sport Fishing in Lake Mburo
How to get there
By road, the park is 228km (3½ hours) from Kampala in between Masaka and Mbarara in western Uganda with two gates from the Mbarara road, the turning to Nshara Gate is 13kms past Lyantonde while the junction for Sanga Gate is at Sanga trading centre, 27km past Lyantonde and Rwonyo is about 20-minutes drive from all the gates.
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