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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

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…

Geoffrey Burton

from South Africa

Every one was so helpful in making the arrangements. The booking people helped in all the questions we had, they were polite and helpful. The tour and lodge were amazing. Every one was helpful and very interesting to talk to. They made our…


from United States of America

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings - logistics ran smoothly and all in all…


from South Africa

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