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LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK. Wetland boat excursion. Only our National Parks Safari gives you a completely representative impression of Uganda's nature

Lake Mburo National Park

With its 37,000 ha, at an elevation varying between 1,220m - 1,828m above sea level, Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest park of Uganda is easily accessible from the highway from Kampala to the western parks. And yet, it is an extremely rich park due to the dry and rocky environment in the west and the wetlands in the eastern part. Some 50 km of creeks and canals, connect 13 lakes in the area, 5 of which lie within the boundaries of the park, with Lake Mburo being the largest.


The savannas in the west are traversed by rocky ridges and forested gorges. While the savannahs were much more open in the past, large parts are now covered by shrubs and low forest, due to the absence of elephants and to insufficient prescribed burning management to keep the forest growth under control.


The eastern wetlands make up 20% of the park's surface; along the lakes and the creeks in the East, patches of papyrus and riparian shrubs line the open water.


A small patch of full-grown tropical forest on the western side of Lake Mburo gives an impression of semi-humid tropical high forest with a closed canopy which can be seen up-close from a viewing platform.


Why consider booking our Uganda National Parks Safari? Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside. Our tour takes you into 6 parks and reserves, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Composed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Destinations Overview: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.


While hunting and farming had almost totally eliminated wildlife in the past, it has now made a remarkable recovery. Large herds of Eland  and Cape Buffaloes roam the Western park. It is the only park where Impala can be found and one of the three parks with Burchell's Zebra. Common savannah species are Oribi, Defassa waterbuck,  Topi, common duiker and Bofor Reedbuck.


The top predators are the Leopard and Spotted Hyena; midsize predators include the Side-striped Jackal and various smaller predators like the white-tailed mongoose.


Only 2 species of monkeys are present in the park: the Vervet Monkey and Olive Baboon.


The park's wetlands are inhabited by Cape Buffaloes, Warthog, Bush-pig Hippos and Sitatunga Gazelles; aquatic predators include the mighty African Crocodile and three species of Otters.


With 350+ recorded bird species, the park also is a paradise for birdwatching. Forest and savannah birds include the Green Pigeon, Harrier Hawk, Grey-backed Cameroptera and Double-toothed Barbet, Narina Trogon.


On our Uganda National Parks Safari will take you on a fantastic boat excursion through the wetlands of the park. You will see many Kingfishers, several African Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests, arabou storks, Narina trogons and with some luck even the odd-looking Shoebill or even the elusive African finfoot, which likes to hang out in still waters under low hanging branches.


Mburo National Park: African Crocodile running back to the water.Mburo National Park: Baby African Crocodiles looking up from a mud pool in the dry season.

African crocodile running back to the water. 

Baby crocodiles in a mud pool during the dry season.


Mburo National Park: African Jacana hopping on lilly leaves.Mburo National Park: Common in wetlands, the African Fish Eagle.

African Jacana hopping on waterlily leaves.

Boat below the Murchison Falls.     


Mburo National Park: Prehistoric looking Shoe Billed Heron occurs in the park.Mburo National Park: Hippos are common in the wetlands of the park.

Shoe-Billed Heron. 

Male Hippopotamus showing off.


Mburo National Park: Great Cormorants drying in the sun after fishing.Mburo National Park: Pink Backed Pelicans resting among Cape Buffalos.

Great Cormorants drying after fishing.


Pink Backed Pelicans and Cape Buffalos in the background.


Boat excursion on Lake Mburo.Birding excursion in Mburo Wetlands.

Excursion boat on Lake Mburo.

Special birding trip in the marshes of Lake Mburo National Park.


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