Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. Although it is the smallest, it should certainly not be underestimated, as it is the only national park besides Kidepo Valley which is the home to zebras. Besides this, It has 350 bird species as well as impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50 km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savannah, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

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