Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Mburo has markedly different fauna to other parks and reserves. Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Mburo is the closest national park to Kampala and offers a refreshing stopover when travelling to or from the western parks and reserves.
Size: 371 sq km.
Location: In the south near Mbarara.
How to get there: Two hours west from Kampala along the Mbarara road, turning left at Sanga. The res camp is 20km further on.
Activities: Game drives, boat trips and guided walks can be arranged.
When to visit: Any time of the year.
Where to stay: In the luxury tented camp, or the UWA rest camp with affordable chalets and campsite. UWA provides a range of budget accommodation in the Park.