Lake Mburo national park - "Whispers of the wild"

Park at a Glancezebras
• Size 260km2 with an altitude of 1220m- 1828m above
sea level.
• Wet lands habitats comprise 20% of the park's surface.
• The park's precarious past has seen wildlife virtually
eliminated several times: firstly in various attempts to rid
the region of tsetse flies, then to make way for ranches,
and finally as a result of subsistence poaching.
• 20% of the park's entrance fee is used to fund local
community projects such as building clinics and schools.

Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland lies one of Uganda's most spectacular and breathtaking game parks in Uganda;

Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place with a medley of habitats ranging from dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded
savannas to forest, lakes and swamps. Its sculptured landscape,
rolling hills and idyllic lake shores, forest galleries, seasonal and
permanent swamps and grassy valleys all support a wealth of wildlife in a tropical setting.

 

At only 370sq km, Lake Mburo National Park is small in comparisonmap
with many other East African parks, but is home to a surprising
diversity of plants and animals and harbours several species of
mammals and birds found nowhere else in Uganda. ese varied
habitats support an impressive variety of wildlife including 68
mammal species. Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda that habits
Impalas and the only one in the rift region with Burchellis Zebras and
the Eland. In Uganda, Topi are only found in Lake Mburo and Queen
Elizabeth National Parks. Common mammal species include
Warthogs, Buffalos, Oribi, Defassa, Water bucks, reed bucks and the
eland antelopes. Leopards and Hyenas are also present and Lions
have also returned to the park after years of poaching and near extinction.
The five lakes within the park attract hippos and crocodiles while fringing swamps hide
secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope
and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek. e park also has an
impressive bird list with 332 species recorded including Shoebill,
Papyrus, Yellow warbler, African fin foot, Saddle billed stork, Brown
chested wattled plover, Carrutter's cisticola, Tabora cisticola, Great
snipe, Abyssinian ground horn bill and white winged warbler. Acacia
woodland bird species are especially well represented.
In 1983, the government gazetted Lake Mburo as a National Park,
establishing the boundaries along with those of the original reserve.
The park was finally opened to the public in 1984.

 

ATTRACTIONS
Rwonyo Rest Camp
Rwonyo is the center of tourism activities in the park. e rest camp
is the starting point for nature walks and game drives.
Lake Mburoimpala
The eastern shores of Lake Mburo can be explored by boat, departing
from a Jetty at the Lakeside campsite near Rwonyo. Watch out
for crocodiles and hippopotamus during the two hour voyage. You
can also sight a variety of birds including Pelicans, Heron, the
Cormorant fish eagle and perhaps the rare Fin foot and Shoe bill
storks. Fishermen with their own equipment may fish in the Lake
from the campsite by arrangement.
Salt licks
Guided walks explore the park around Rwonyo, culminating in a visit
to a natural salt lick frequented by the wildlife. Viewing is facilitated
by a timber observation plat form.
Game tracks
The eastern hinterland of Lake Mburo is served by a network of
game tracks along which a variety of savannah animals and birds
can be sighted. Impalas are the most commonly seen along the
Impala track while Zebras frequent the grassy valley floors
traversed by the Zebra track. is connects to the Ruroko track
which passes rock kopjes, home to the elusive Klip Springer.
In the south of the park, the lakeside track passes through dense
woodland that is home to bushbuck and bush duiker, to Kigarama
hill which provides a panoramic view of Lake Mburo. is lake and
seven more can also be seen from the Kazuma lookout, close to Kazuma track.
Rubanga forest
Though small, this tract of forest on the western side of Lake Mburo
provides a taste of the tropical high forest with closed canopy and is
home to a variety of forest bird species. Rubanga can be explored
with a ranger guide.
Conservation education centrecrested
The park has a Conservation Education Center, 1km west of Sanga
gate. is provides accommodation and an education hall for school
groups, visitors, seminars and workshops.


ACTIVITIES
Theere are several breathtaking activities at Mburo National Park
including nature walks, bird watching, boat cruises and game drives.
Nature walks are conducted on foot with the help of an armed guide.
Game drives are done in the visitors own vehicle. During the boat
ride, visitors get a chance to see a variety of lake wildlife like crocodiles
and hippos. Birds like African fish eagle, crested cranes, fin foot and water
cormorants can also be sighted along the shores.
Horse riding is conducted by Mihingo Lodge inside the park while
quad bike riding gives one a spectacular view of the park's terrain and wildlife.

When to visit Uganda - In Uganda, any time is visitation time though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains which generally peak over mid September to November and March to May.

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