This park was initially gazette in the year 1933 as a controlled hunting Area and it was later up graded into a game reserve in the year 1963. The Bahima Banyankole residents also continued with grazing their own cattle with in the reserve till it was up graded into a national park status in 1983. The government of Oboteput up a decision of up grading the park which was a part that was intended to weaken the Banyankole, who were supporting the anti Obote rebels. Since the pastoralists that were evicted were not compensated for the lost grazing land and were not also helped with resettling, many of these remained very hostile to the formation of the park. The rangeland that is found outside that is park and was then divided into small ranges as well as the subsistence farming plots.
In the year 1985, which was the second regime of Obote fell and the past residents of Lake Mburo also re occurred in the park land and expelled the park stuff, as they destroyed the infrastructures as well as the wildlife. More so, less than half of the park land was re gazzetted by the NRM government in 1986.
Birding watching in Lake Mburo National Park
The best spots or birding in this park include; the swampy valleys of Miriti and the Warukiri as well as the roadsides between Rwonyo camp as well as jetty. These are good viewing platforms at6 the salt lick, in the Rubanga forest and Miriti valley. The species of birds mainly seen here include; Coqui Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Brown-chested Lapwing, Grey Crowned Crane, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, Green Wood-hoopoe, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Black-bellied Bustard, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Finfoot, Common Scimitar bill, White-winged Tit and the Brown Parrot , Long-tailed Cisticola, and many more. The Rubanga forest can also be visited using a vehicle or on bare foot. This is a good place for the birders and immediate arrangement can be made with the warden. This is where you can only see the red faced Barbet which is the forest featured species.
This park is a birding destination in Uganda and is one of the parks that makes Uganda number one tourism destination and most of the visitors are now confirming tours to Uganda so that they can adventure the wildlife in Ugandan National Parks and view many different creative bird life that live in the parks. Uganda is the best birding spot for the birders in the whole world since the country has over 1000 bird species and most of these are found in Uganda.
It’s also known that Lake Mburo will not be the only national park that you will visit in Uganda, its most probably be a stopover to many parks to be enjoy on your safari. The park is located in the western part of the country and it’s over 228km/142 meters from Kampala. This drive also takes over 3 to 4 hours.
The Entebbe international Airport is also about 46km/29metres from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This will probably be your entry point into Uganda. The local operator that you will chose will arrange your pick up from the airport or to the hotel and will carry out all your safari transportation.
There are probably two roads that will help you reach Lake Mburo National park, branching off from Masaka – Mbarara road. One of these will help you access the sanga gate 37km east of Mbarara, and the other will help you to enter via the Nshara gate which is 20km from Lyantonde and 50km to Mbarara.
The other option can be by using public means where you will board a bus to sanga town and then get a private taxi or the boda boda to take you to Lake Mburo national park. You are as well as advised to use a 4×4 vehicle since the roads are so rough. There is also full list of companies that supply these vehicles as well as their contacts.
How to get the lake Mburo by yourself
The most important point to note here is that most of the national parks are in the remote areas. And so many kilometers from the public roads. It’s also known that unless you make arrangements with the lodge were you will be sleeping, the cost of inconveniences will be more expensive that mere using of a tour operator. There is nothing like getting to the park and you can’t do any other activity due to transport problems. This means that you need to be specific with what you want, and the opeartors need to be able to tailor the trip to the client’s needs.
This national park has also got few accommodation options. The most up market lodge is the Mihingo safari lodge that has set its standards or the up market, the semi luxury lodge is the Mantana tented camp and it has got good facilities. The mid-range lodge is the Mburo safari Lodge. The budgeting options include; Eagle’s nest that are tented cottages with bath rooms. The low budget lodges can also be found in Rwonyo rest camp that is operated by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Rwonyo Rest Camp
Lake mburo Safari Lodge
- Mantana Tentend Camp
- Eagles Nest Lodge
- Mihingo Lodge
- Rwaboko Rock