Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is gem of a park, conveniently located close to the western highway that connects Kampala to the park of western Uganda. Though the park is just 370Km2 in size, its landscape are varied and even a short drive is alive with interest and colour. You will pass gallery forest, open Savannah and acacia woodland, rock Kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps, open water, as you search for the wealth of wild life they support. This includes species such as Impala, Burchell’s Zebra and Eland that are not found elsewhere in Western Uganda. There is a variety of vegetative habitants which sorround the open water of lake Mburo. The western part of the lake is dominated by a grassy escarpment rising above a shoreline fringed with acacia forest and closed canopy Rubanga forest. In the north-east, grassy valley floor, made seasonally lush and soggy by rain, drain between undulating hills. These seep through expanses of wet land into the lake. Rock Kopjes are found along the Eastern margins of the park. These varied habitants support an impressive variety of wildlife including 68 mammal species. These include some rarities. Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda to contain Impala and the only one in the rift region to host Burchell’s Zebra and eland. In Uganda, topi are only found in lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Commoner species include warthog, buffalo, Oribi, deffassa waterbuck and reedbuck. Leopard and hyena are also present while hippopotamus and crocodiles and found in the lake. The park also has a very respectable bird list with around 315 species recorded to date including the shoebill stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s, cisticola, Tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinia ground hornbill and white winged warbler. Acacia woodland bird species are especially well represented while forest species may be found in Rubanga forest...