The easily sighted wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park makes it a very special place for game drives and walking safaris in Uganda. The attractive 158 square miles acacia-dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia is home to 68 mammal species. The Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impala. The 315 bird species include the rare Shoebill Stork and African Finfoot.


Lake Mburo has a varied mosaic of habitats and landscapes: forests, rich acacia tree valleys, grass lands and seasonal and permanent swamps. The park is with 370 square km the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks.

The main lake of the park is Lake Mburo. Here you can see many hippos wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the shores. Birds include cormorant, fish eagle, pelican, heron and many more.

Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Mbarara district. It is about 3.5 hours drive from Kampala, making it the closest national park to Kampala. Therefore Lake Mburo National Park is strategically located as a significant stopover while visiting other attractions in southwestern Uganda.

Mammals in Lake Mburo National Park

The park has more than 68 mammal species, including zebra, impala, giraffes, topi, eland, bush buck, buffalo, warthog, leopard, hyena and jackal.
There are no elephants and lions in the park, which makes it an ideal place for walking safaris.

Lake Mburo National Park is the best place in Uganda to see the leopard, especially during night game drives and safaris

Birds in Lake Mburo National Park

The park has more than 315 different species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, paprus yellow warbler, African finfoot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork.and white winged warbler. The woody vegetation of Lake Mburo is dominated by Acacia species, Olea species and Boscia species.
The fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek; you would not want to miss.

Because of the different habitats of the lakeshore and the broad savanna, the variety seems endless. Send us an email via info@mbararatours.com or call us on +256701367970 to assist you arrange a tour to Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda.