Expert Reviews – Lake Mburo NP
Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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A neat small park good for a stopover on the way to primate country
One of Uganda’s few savannah parks, Lake Mburo is easily accessible thanks to its central location off the main road that crosses between Kampala and the forested reserves and parks in the west. You can even reach it by public transport – combined with a boda-boda (motorbike), taxi or lodge pick-up for the last several kilometres to the gate. Numbers of game are not in the high concentrations found at Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls, but nonetheless I’ve always found it a pleasant overnight stop midway between the capital and the gorillas. The peaceful afternoon boat cruise from Rwonyo on Lake Mburo is excellent for bird and hippo-watching and seeing buffalo in the marshes. I’ve enjoyed the early morning walks from the lodges too - a good chance to see the likes of warthog and impala close up and to stretch the legs before climbing back into the vehicle and travelling on. A striking feature of this park is the amount of zebra, often seen on the approach roads grazing alongside Ankole cattle with their enormous heavy white horns.