Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda's national parks covering an area of just 143 square miles (compared with Queen Elizabeth National Park which is 764 square miles.) There are no elephants or rhinos in the park which is named after the largest of its five lakes, allowing the wild vegetation to flourish, however the park is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. It is widely considered to be the best park for sighting Uganda's large eland.
The park is located nineteen miles east of Mbarara and was awarded "game reserve" status in 1963. It was upgraded into a national park in 1983 however this upgrade was not without controversy as it effectively expelled the established Bahima herders from the land without compensation. When President Obote was deposed (again) on 27 July 1985 in a military coup d'état, the Bahima seized back control of their former lands leaving the national park the size it is today ~ about half the size it was intended to be.
There is much to do and see in the park from boat trips, quad bike riding and guided walks to horse riding. It houses a number of "resorts"; good quality accommodation where you can wake up to baboons playing outside your window.
Now check out more of the lakes in and around Western Uganda including the stunning Lake Bunyonyi outside Kabale.
The Igongo Cultural Centre near Mbarara promotes the rich cultural heritage of south-western Uganda.
A cultural centre for the Hima tribe close to Lake Mburo and Mbarara featuring traditional ornaments and regalia.
Mbarara is both the largest town in south-west Uganda and its administrative and commercial centre.
As yet largely uncommercialised, Western Uganda has many tourist attractions for the explorer to visit.
As well as the main tourist attractions there are many other activities to enjoy in Western Uganda.
A guide to the main towns in Western Uganda, where to stay, eat and things to see and do.