Lake Mburo National Park is one of the famous Uganda safari destinations and surprisingly the closest wildlife destination to Kampala the capital of Uganda. Unlike Queen Elizabeth National park and Murchison Falls National Park which are 417km and 305km respectively, Lake Mburo National Park is only 240km from Kampala making it ideal for a relaxed mini break wilderness encounter for any Uganda tour undertaker departing from Kampala.
Lake Mburo National Park with its slogan the Whispers of the wild
stands in the traditional rangelands of Kiruhura district bordering the
districts of Isingiro, Lyantonde, Rakai and Mbarara as the Uganda’s
smallest savannah park covering 260km2. It is a rich habitat with a
myriad of wild game including the unique Rothschild Giraffe, the highest
population of Impala antelope and the Burchell’s Zebra, the Topis,
Warthogs, Eland antelope, defassa waterbuck, bush buck, buffaloes, the
leopard and occasional lion that combine to make it a darling
destination for travelers on safari in Uganda.
The magical sights of the park and beyond from the Kazuma look out are
thrilling offering inclusive views of the Lakes Mburo, Kacheera, Kibikwa
and series of other five lakes that adjoin the Lake Victoria catchment.
The range of 350 bird species thrive in the park including the endemic
Red faced Barbet.
The park has for long been unknown to many and few of the Uganda safari
undertakers would consider visiting it on their way to or from Queen
Elizabeth or Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks. But with the
introduction of Rothschild Giraffes in the middle of 2015 from the
Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo has rose above the odds
attracting the attention of both the local and international safari
The proximity to Kampala gives Lake Mburo National Park
an advantage over other safari parks. The park can be explored in a day
with a return transfer to Kampala. The two days or three days extension
presents a relaxed encounter because of less drive time an experience
that is preferred by most travelers. The stop at Uganda Equator crossing
Kayabwe presents a break in the 3 – 4 hour journey and offers an
opportunity to learn about the physical geography and the tropics not
forgetting being a good photographic site and a one stop shop for crafts
and fine Ugandan coffee.
Lake Mburo National Park is franked by the
ancient Precambrian rocks including Ruroko and Rwakobo that date back
to over 500 million years ago presenting a unique scenic view and rich
history with local cultural traditions attached to them. The Lake Mburo
itself is an amazing resource with counts of Hippos, the Nile
crocodiles, unique bird species like the African finfoot and stands as
the only permanent water source in Kiruhura district saving counts of
people and their livestock during the prolonged dry spells. At the
boundary close to Nshaara gate there lies the Ankole Cow Conservation
Village which is the home to the set of selected cows named Enyeimbwa
presenting an experiential touch with the culture of the surrounding
pastoralist community which is also impressive to explore on Uganda
tour. At 33km distance, there lies the largest private Museum in Uganda –
the Igongo Cultural Center with extensive lush gardens, the cultural
village, the classic restaurant with traditional cuisine, craft center,
country hotel and the well-equipped Museum that features artifacts of
all cultures of south western Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is
accessed through two gates Nshaara gate suitable for those coming from
Kampala and Sanga gate suitable for those coming from Mbarara side may
be transferring from Rwanda
or other south western Uganda destinations. The all category
accommodation exist catering for all visitor categories including the
top notch Mihingo Lodge, Midmarket Rwakobo Rock and the Tented Budget
lodging at Eagles Nest to list but a few. Spare a weekend or day off
your routine and whisper with the wild!
By Siima Simon Peter