About Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National park was gazette in the year 1933 as a regulated hunting area, This was a deliberate government policy on promoting tourism and protecting natural resources. This park was later upgraded to the status of a game reserve in 1963. The pastoral community with in the park namely the Bahima and Banyankole continued with grazing their cattle in the park until the transformation of its stature to a fully-fledged National park in 1983. Partly reason for transforming it into national park by the government at the time was to weaken the pastoral tribes that were aiding the rebels that were fighting the government at the time. A huge fraction of the pastoral population remained hostile towards the formation of the park sighting loss of the land for grazing. But later they were given alternatives of small pieces of land outside the park.
Later after Obote’s government was overthrown in the year 1985, the residents got angry and destroyed all the structures including some wildlife in place and chased Uganda wildlife Authority officials. Later during the NRM regime, the structures were re-established hence restoring the currently amazing wildlife haven back.
Geography of Lake Mburo National park.
About the wildlife.
Lake Mburo national park harbors/ is home to over 350 bird species and some of the wildlife species traceable or seen at the park include Impalas, water bucks, elands antelopes, topis, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, hyenas ,crocodiles and the elusive leopards seen only is some night game drives. The park consists of over 13 lakes hence forming the 50km wetland system. It’s also discovered that 5 of the 13 lakes are situated with the borders of Lake Mburo National park. Initially the park was enclosed I the savanna but gradually its transforming it into a woodland following lack of elephants that ordinarily shape the wood land to savannah. As one you extend towards the western part of the park, you will the notice that the savanna spreads along the rocky ridges and also to the forested gorges to the covers of the papyrus as one heads down to the lakes.
Lake Mburo national park supports a fraction endangered bird species not forgetting the cichlid fish whose is existence keeps deteriorating in some parts of the park. The park also offers accommodation to over 23 Palearctic bird species as well as forest bird species and migratory birds.