Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda is about 4-5 hours drive from Kampala, along the Mbarara road toward Bwindi and the south-west. Most of Lake Mburo park is rolling grasslands and acacia woodland with good herds of buffalo, lots of zebra and the largest antelope in Africa, the magnificent eland. Oribi and impala are well habituated to safari vehicles as well, and you might be lucky to spot the rare Sitatunga in the wetlands areas whilst on safari.
The centrepiece of the Lake Mburo National Park is Lake Mburo itself, part of an extensive wetland system in the region comprising five lakes. Keen birders will enjoy the excellent birding on offer. A boat trip on the lake is the best way to appreciate crocodile, hippo and the over 300 species of birds, which might even include the African Finfoot or the iconic Shoebill stork.
Lake Mburo is the ideal spot to break the journey overland between Entebbe or Kampala and the popular rainforests of Bwindi and Mgahinga in the south-west of Uganda. But it’s worthy of a visit in its own right and some have experienced the best game-viewing of their Uganda safari at Lake Mburo, including safari animals that you are unlikely to see elsewhere such as eland, topi, roan antelope and sitatunga.