The name “Mburo” is similar to “mboro” a Lunyankole word referring to cassine tree which has a powerful aphrodisiac effect. This tree which is common along Kigambira loop crossroads is always without its bark as it is always extracted for use by people in the neighbouring villages.
Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) is 370 sq km and the smallest savannah national park in Uganda. With a mosaic habitat: rocky outcrops, dry hillsides, bushes, thickets, open and wooded savannahs, lakes and swamps, and forests, Lake Mburo National Park can boast of a diversity of animals and plants. It has 68 different mammal species, common among these are the buffaloes, zebras, elands, topis, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, warthogs, baboons, jackals, hyenas and leopards.
The park is a natural habitat to 315 different bird species including the rare shoebill, African Fin Foot, papyrus yellow warbler, brown-chested Wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, Tabora cisticola, white-winged warbler, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill and saddled-billed stork. At Lake Mburo expect to see water birds, hippos and crocodiles in great numbers.
Visit the Interpretation Centre located at Rwonyo Hill with literature about the park history, biodiversity and other resources including the scenic beauty that serves as a guide to nature walks in the park.
Game drives follow different tourist tracks including: Impala track which exposes a visitor to diverse animal species, impala being the most common species found along the track; zebra track leads you to herds of Burchell’s zebra (Equus burchelli) plus bushbucks, reedbucks and oribi; the Zebra track gives way to Ruroko Track: a drive through a wetland basin and thick acacia shrub and woodland – kopjes (rock outcrops) here are home to elusive klipspringers; the Kazuma track with wooded grassland where black-bellied bustards are common; Kigambira loop leads you through a wooded wilderness filled with bushbucks and bush duikers; and the Lakeside Track will facilitate excellent birding, animal and plant viewing.
The Rubanga Forest is an excellent place for birders. There are more than 40 bird species in this forest 5 of which are forest “specialists” including green pigeon, harrier hawk, narina trogon, double-toothed barbet and grey-backed cameroptera. Some of the trees in this forest include erythriana, platycalyx, sapium, markhamia and acacia.
Game viewing at the salt lick, nature walks, boat trips, and fishing on lake Mburo.