Uganda’s most accessible savanna wildlife area is just a 3 1/2 hour drive from Kampala. Swamp fringed lakes form a spectacular 50km wetland system surrounded by acacia woodland. Giraffe were reintroduced in 2015. The main feature of the park is Lake Mburo and four other lakes, which form part of a 50km-long wetland area. The main vegetation is open savanna, but the park is becoming increasingly covered by woodland due to the absence of elephants. The savanna is interspersed with patches of forest and rocky outcrops. Papyrus swamp and riparian woodland surround the lakes.
Most of the typical safari animals are resident – excluding elephant and rhino. Lions are rarely seen, but leopards are often spotted on night drives. Highlights in the park include impala (which isn’t found in any other Ugandan park), eland, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and Burchell’s zebra (which is only found here and in Kidepo Valley). Other animals regularly seen are Defassa waterbuck, oribi and warthog.