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Lake Mburo 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 taking you about 4 hours to get there. 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 buffalos and Zebras with in this national park.

Lake mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park is known for supporting a variety of antelope and other ungulate species. It is the only place in Uganda where the impala still occurs, and it is the best place to see large herds of eland, Africa’s largest antelope. Other antelope species that occur in the park are topi, bushbuck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Deffassa waterbuck and Bohor reedbuck.

Lake Mburo national park is one of the only two Ugandan national parks where Burchell’s zebra still occurs, and the lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of Cape buffalo, warthog, bushpig and hippopotamus. With only diurnal primates: the vervet monkey and olive baboon. A wide variety of small predators occur with three larger predators: leopard, spotted hyena and side-stripped jackal.

The lions of Lake Mburo national park  that were common here have been poisoned and hunted to extinction. 

More than 310 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo national park once of the best place to see acacia associated birds starting at Rwonyo camp. The list we have includes; mosque swallows, black-bellied bustard, bare-faced go-away bird and Ruppell’s long-tailed starling.

These birds are essentially southern species at the very northern limit of their range, for instance the southern ground hornbill, black-collard and black-throated barbets, and green capped eremorela. There are also six swamp birds best known as papyrus endemics occurring in lake Mburo national park including the striking papyrus gonolek and the highly localized papyrus yellow warbler, the latter recorded nowhere else in Uganda.

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