Lake Mburo NP also known as the home of Zebras is located between Masaka and Mbarara in the Albertine rift connecting you to other two national parks in the western region, which are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is 228km from Kampala which makes it convenient for drive and accessible.
The park has approximately 313 different bird species, including Uganda’s national emblem, the Crested Crane. It also boasts of 68 different mammal species, offering a refreshing stopover with its gigantic eland antelope species, zebra, topi, impala and several acacia-associated birds. Its extensive acacia woodland has markedly different fauna to other parks and reserves. Note that the five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds. The 371 sq km park is located in Mbarara, western Uganda.
As you are approaching to the park from Kampala that is central to west, you will notice a gradual change in the topography from flat land to hills and valley with papyrus swamps. The park has a tropical climate found in the ankole-southern climatic zone which lies in a rain shadow area between Lake Victoria and the Rwenzori Mountains being marked with two seasons, the rain and dry seasons and receives a bi-modal low rainfall ranging between 500 and 1000 mm.
The rain causes shortage of pastures and thus affecting the wildlife and birds, forcing the local pastoralists to encroach the park, hunting for pasture to feed their animals. the park has animals such us 1 lion, 15 giraffes and 4 being male, 1500 hippos with over 500 of them found at Lake Mburo, 350 species of birds, impalas, zebras, topi, waterbuck, eland, baboon, monkey, warthog to mention but a few.
When you are to visit Lake Mburo National Park you can be certain to take part in a number of many activities both before you arrive in the park and when you get within the park. You will experiment the gravitation force at the equator just before you arrive at the National Park. Lake Mburo National Park has a tremendous number of accommodation that are as beautiful as the Park is including, Mihingo lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Arcadia Cottages, Rwakobo rock, Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwonyo Campsite and much more.
Species in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The vegetation is the one typical of afro-Montane areas, with a consistent bamboo forest. There are 76 mammal species recorded, including buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys, leopards. 115 bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori Turacco, crowned hornbill, black kite and crowned crane. Mgahinga hosts a population of golden monkeys and a few families of mountains gorillas called Nyakagezi a trans-boundary species to Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
ACTIVITIES IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK.
Alongside the game drives, when you get to Lake Mburo National Park there are other activities to take part in for example the 1 or 1 and a half hours boat ride on Lake Mburo with scheduled time at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and lastly at 4:00pm, could go bird watching in Rubanga Forest found across Lake Mburo, Sport Fishing, among others activities in Park:. The National Park was named after a man who was known as Mburo. Mburo had a brother called Kigarama who was the older brother of the two and both lived in the valley together. Kigarama had a dream that it was going to rain so hard one day and the water was going to destroy their home. Mburo the younger one of the two refused because he had just planted his crops so he stayed behind as Kigarama left for the hills. A few days later, it rained as Kigarama has dreamed and the valley was flooded, killing both Mburo and the crop. That that day on, the lake was named Lake Mburo. And just next to the lake is the highest hill which is called Kigarama Hill. Lake Mburo is 10 square kilometers and 12.8 meters deep, the lake only has on inlet and no outlet at all as the only inlet being a river known as River Rizi. You will notice that the water is green in color and this is because the lake has no outlet and also because of the animals that stay in the water for example the hippos, crocodiles among others.