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Lake Mburo National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

A convenient stopover to Bwindi

Among lakes, hilly woodland and wetlands, this is where to see the rare sitatunga antelope and herds of zebra and eland

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact stopover that's conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to western parks such as Bwindi – useful if the far more expensive local flights aren't an option. It's the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and lies on ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks that date back more than 500 million years.

Game viewing here is less than fabulous. The hilly landscape is pretty, but heavy vegetation conceals the wildlife from view. There are no elephant or lion because of an unstable past where wildlife was almost entirely wiped out. However, it's the only place in Uganda where you're likely to see large herds of impala, zebra and eland.

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Megan Warrington says

A great stopover en route to the south-west, especially if you're lucky enough to see the sitatunga. It breaks your long journey from Kampala and Entebbe, and getting to Bwindi or Queen Elizabeth National Park from here is easy the next morning. 

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Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50-kilometre wetland system linked by a swamp that's fed by the Ruizi River on the western side. Five of the lakes lie within the park’s borders. Almost a fifth of the park's area consists of wetlands – both seasonally flooded and permanent swamps. The various types of swamps are home to a wide variety of wetland birds and the shy, rare sitatunga antelope. Once covered by open savannah, Lake Mburo National Park now has extensive woodland because there are no elephants to tame the vegetation.

In the western part of the park the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line the lakes.  Lake Mburo’s surface and the vegetation on its banks are always changing, and it's lovely to take a boat out and experience the scenic changes.

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Reviews on our Lake Mburo National Park safaris

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