Lake Mburo National Game Park

“A park that operates Horseback safaris” Lake Mburo is one of the largest five lake that are nearby wetlands, that counts 20% of the unique lakes found in western Uganda. The parks' 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. The park was initially protected in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and later graded into a game reserve in 1963 where Bahima Banyankore residents also continued grazing with their cattle in the reserve till it was protected as a national park in 1983. The park seats on an area of 370 sq. km.

Lake Mburo national is the only park where you can spot the Impalas, antelopes as well as Elands  in Uganda and other African wildlife including; the zebras, eland, oribi, buffalos, water buck, hippos, leopard, reedbuck as well as the hyenas. The park is also home to over 350 bird species. 

With over 13 lakes in the area, this lake also forms part of the 50km long wetland system that is linked by the swamp. It’s known that five of these lakes lie in the park’s border. It was once covered with the open savannah and it contains woodland since there are no elephants to tame the unique vegetation. Within the western part of the park, the savannah is also spread with the rocky ridges as well as the forested gorges as the patches of papyrus as well as narrow bands of the lush riparian woodland line in many lakes.

The park also supports the many endangered species of the birds including the endangered cichlid fish species which have reduced with in the main lake and is the only area where you can find the impalas. The park gives refugee to over 22 species of palaearctic as well as the afro tropical migrant birds in the adverse conditions in the wooded savannah with the acacia thicket and the grasslands. 

The flora is also acacia hockii that is one of the main tree species. There are also five species of the wetland plants that belong to 5 genera that has been recorded in Lake Mburo area.

Activities done in the park are game drives, night drives, salt lick walks, forest walk, village visits, birding mountain biking and horseback safaris.