Park at a Glance

Wetland habitats comprise 20% of the park’s surface

The parks’ precarious past has seen wildlife virtually eliminated several times: firstly, in various attempts to rid the region of tsetse flies, then to make way for ranches, and finally as a result of subsistence poaching.

20% of the park’s entrance fee is used to fund local community projects such as building clinics and schools.

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.

Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

Every policy is shaped by two forces: background analysis and foreground politics. The political forces are loud, self-serving and, in the case of energy policy, well known.

Park Activities

What to Do

Park Accommodation

where to stay

Rwonyo Rest Camp

  • Tents and bandas, along with camping at Mazinga Camp site
  • Operated by Uganda Wildlife Authority, contact us for reservations

Conservation Education Centre (Sanga)

  • 1km west of Sanga Gate
  • Operated by Uganda Wildlife Authority, contact us for reservations

Mantana Tented Camp (UWA concession)

  • Tel: +256 392 967368, +256 414 321552
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Arcadia Cottages (UWA concession)

  • Tel: +256 486 26231, +256 486 23400
  • Mobile: +256 772 981155
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Mihingo Lodge

  • Tel: +256 752 410509
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Lake Mburo Safari Lodge