Lake Mburo National Park

This national park is the smallest park in Uganda. It is the nearest park from the capital city which is just 4 hours’ drive at about 285 kilometers on Kampala –Masaka-Mbarara road. This 370 square kilometers land is home to a rare antelope called Impala which is only found in this park in Uganda besides that there are slender mongoose, bush rats, duikers and buffaloes that can also be found in the park.

 It derives its name from 2 brothers Kigarama and Mburo who lived in the present day lake Mburo National Park. One night Kigarama had a nightmare that they were involved in danger of which when he shared it with the younger brother the following day it received a deaf ear. The whole nightmare was going to make them shift and leave the place but Mburo wanted to stay. So Kigarama moved up the hills and then the water flooded and a lake were formed, drowning Mburo, that gave the lake its name “Lake Mburo” and the hills were the brother moved is called Kigarama after him.

The park has a beautiful land scape with grassy hills, an idyllic lake shore, forest galleries of which most of the trees are acacia savanna. The place also has seasonal and permanent swamps which are home to about 310 bird species that have been recorded and 65 mammal species that dwell in these grasslands. The Impala for which the capital city of Uganda, Kampala is named after is a medium size African antelope, which has been recognized to be of two different species, the common Impala and the black-faced Impala. The inhabits are usually found in savanna grasslands and woodlands close to a water source. They eat mostly grasses, forbs dicots and the foliage and with all like any other animal water is an essential requirement. Impalas lives in groups from around 10 up to 100 individuals, mostly 3 different ‘herds’: The female group, the bachelor group and the territorial males. A single fawn is born after a gestational period of about six to seven months. The fawn remains with its mother for four to six months, after which it joins juvenile groups. This is the park which can be an en-route stop over as it’s on a major road Mbarara Masaka with accommodation in the nearby towns of Lyantonde and Mbarara.