Lake Mburo was originally gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The Banyankole Bahima residents continued to graze their cattle in the reserve until it was upgraded to national park status in 1983. This location is approximately 240 kilometers (4hrs), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital city and covers approximately 370sqkms. Park is located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda and is about 30 kilometers, by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. The wetland in the park covers 20% of its area. The park is mainly known for its gigantic Elands, zebras, buffaloes, oribi, Impalas, warthogs, water bucks, and the Eland antelopes and may others. The lakes in the park attract many hippos and crocodiles while the swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and the red and black papyrus gonalek. It is also a harbor for different bird species like the shoebills, yellow warbler, African fin foot, saddle billed stock among others.
Lake Mburo harbors a lot of attractions that include:
Rubanga Forest though small provides a taste of the tropical high forest with closed canopy and is a home for forest birds. It is located on the western side of Lake Mburo National Park.
The Conservation Educational Center 1km west of Sanga gate provides accommodation and education hall for school groups, seminars, workshops and tourists.
Game tracks are carried out in the eastern side of the park with several networks of tracks alongside which variety of savannah animals and birds can be sighted. Impalas are the most commonly seen along the Impala track well as zebras frequent the grassy valleys.
Lake Mburo on the eastern shore can be explored by jetty boat departing from at the lakeside near Rwonyo. Watch out for crocodiles and hippos as you cruise along for two hours. You can also sight different bird species along the way.
At Lake Mburo National Park several activities like game drives and nature walks that are conducted on foot during either day or night with aid of a guide aiming at getting exposed to flora and fauna. Boat cruise is another interesting activity that is done at Lake Mburo.
Best Seasons are June to August and December to February to view wildlife at the park.
Expect comfortable stay at Acadia cottages for luxury and Eagle nest for midrange accommodation. Other accommodations existing are Rwakobo rocks, Mburo safari lodge, Mantona tented camp and mihingo lodge.