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Lake Mburo National Park

Although Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of the Ugandan national parks, it has nothing to envy of the bigger parks. In this park, stunning landscapes will meet you at every turn. Rolling hills, grassy plains, acacia woodlands, and seasonal wetlands, exceptional wildlife – all in one place.

Lake Mburo is a safe option for walking safaris in Uganda. Follow your guide’s instructions and enjoy natural attractions and cultural experiences with the local Bahima people.

A Water Wonderland in Uganda’s Heart

The park is named after Lake Mburo, which is one of the five lakes found within the park’s limits. It offers opportunities for boat trips and water activities, which are rare in many other Ugandan parks.

Exploring Lake Mburo on a boat

Meet the wildlife from a different angle: on the water! You will probably see hippos on the shore of the lake and you will be amazed by the numerous species of birds that you can see there!

On land you can spot the impala, a kind of antilope endemic to the park. Not only is it famous for its curved horns (the males at least), but also for its nickname: since impalas are said to be quite easy to hunt, they’re also called “McDonald’s in the bush”.

The calm waters of the lake are perfect for a serene and peaceful boating experience. Now we are sure you won’t leave Lake Mburo without going on a boat safari.

Common animals at Lake Mburo National Park

  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Buffalo
  • Rhinoceros
  • Zebra
  • Impala
  • Eland
  • Topis
  • Burchell’s zebra
  • Hyppos
  • Warthog
  • Crocodile
  • Over 350 species of birds

Lake Mburo Highlights

  • Walking safaris
  • Lack of dangerous predators
  • Various aquatic wildlife
  • Boat safaris
  • Stargazing

Facts about Lake Mburo

  • Bird’s paradise, with over 350 species of birds recorded. Among them are the African fish eagle and the rare shoebill stork.
  • Easy to access by road. It’s approximately a 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
  • Wildlife Corridor: Lake Mburo serves as an important wildlife corridor, allowing for the movement of animals between other protected areas in Uganda.

Activities at Lake Mburo National Park

  • Boat safaris on the lake
  • Guided nature walks
  • Horseback safaris

How to get there

Lake Mburo National Park is relatively easy to access by road. It’s approximately a 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.


The park experiences a tropical savannah climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two rainy periods from March to May and October to November and a dry period from December to February and June to August.

Best time to visit Lake Mburo National Park

The best time to view wildlife is in the dry season, from June until August, and between December and February, when animals gather around water sources.

However, if you want to see the park flourish (literally), you should go there during the rain seasons from March to May and from October to November. And no worries: you can still experience a safari during these months and the animals will also be there – including some babies 😉