This national park is over 260 sq km as being the smallest
park in Uganda, and it has got a mosaic habitat, the rocky outcrops, dry
hillside, the open wooded savannah forest, the bush thickets, lakes as well as
the swamps that are home to variety of animals and plants. This national park
also lies with in a rain shadow that is between Lake Victoria and the great
Rwenzori Mountains and this gives a very good stop to the attractions of the southwest
as Lake Bunyonyi and Queen Elizabeth National park.
This is one of the largest five lakes that are near by the
wetlands, and it accounts for only 20% of this unique lake found in western
Uganda. The park covers only 370km² yet it has 5 lakes within. It’s situated
between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara and its about 4 hours from Kampala! Lake Mburo National
Park is the only place where you can
spot the impalas in Uganda, antelopes as well as the Elands. There are also
many herds of Zebras and Buffalos with in
the Same national park.
More so, the main story of how Lake Mburo came about is also
an Ankole myth. The two brothers known as Kigarama and Mburo used to live in a
big valley. One day Kigarama had a dream and he decides to tell his brother
that they had to move. Mburo just ignored his brother and Kigarama decide to
move up into the hills.The Valley down flooded with water and a lake was formed
which drowned Mburo. Up to the present, the lake is named after him and the
nearby hills are called Kigarama after his own brother. The area is also
related with the cassine tree that has powerful aphrodisiac effects. On these
trees, you can see signs of bark as well as the branch removal and may be seen
near the Kigambira loop crossroads. The other part of the park is well covered
in acacia savannah as well as famous for associating many antelopes.
There are also five lakes in Mburo National Park. The park
that always attract crocodiles, hippos, water birds as well as the swamps that
harbor secretive papyrus specialists like the sitatunga antelopes, black and
yellow papyrus ganalex .The accommodation facilities are also available near
Rwonyo Park headquarters with the three campsites that are public. There is
also a luxury facility that provides high quality services at Mantana Luxury
tented camp and another up market place to stay in Mihingo Lodge.
This lake is also very in diversity of animals as well as
plant species that can only be seen in case you take a boat cruise; the park
has got over 68 mammal species. T he most common animal species include;
impalas, zebras, buffaloes, hyenas, topis, road antelopes, jackals, as well as
The Hippopotamuses, the crocodiles, and the birds including
the Black crake, pelicans, cormorant, the fish eagle, and the shoebill stork
are all found on this wonderful lake. More so, the duration of the boat cruise
is so negotiable.
Lake Mburo national park has got over 313 bird species that include; the rare white winged warbler, emerald spotted wood Dove, the crested francolin, the brown parrot, barefaced go way bird, the common Francolin, the green wood hoopoe, the blue napped mouse bird, the black billed barbet, the trilling cisticola, Nubian woodpecker as well as the African grey hornbill. Around the Rwonyo camp, you might see some others species include; the red necked spur fowl, the Coqui francolin, the temminck’s coueser, the African watted lover Rufous naped as well as the yellow throated long claw as well as the southern Red Bishop.