- Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda
- Birds in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda
- Culture around Lake Mburo National Park Uganda.
Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda:
Positioned in the impressive Savannah landscapes in the traditional Ankole range lands where inhabitants minded less about wild meat, Lake Mburo National Park has good counts of wild life most of which incline to the antelope family. Lake Mburo National Park has populations of the famous Impala Antelope that are found nowhere else in Uganda. The counts of Burchell’s zebra far higher than that of Kidepo National Park and Pian Upe where these species only exist in Uganda also thrive in the park. The counts of other antelopes including Topis, Defassa water buck, bush buck, bohor reed buck thrive in the park.
The Eland which is the second largest antelope also exist in herds in the thicket environs of the park. It is also noted the Roan Antelope once thrived in the park before it faced extinction. The rock out crops that mark the park landscapes present a rich habitat for the Klipspringer While the swamp environments that interline the wetland system of five lakes favor the existence of Sitatunga Antelope.
Lake Mburo National Park also contains two species of diurnal primate species including vervet monkeys and Olive baboons. Predators like spotted hyena, leopard and serval cat also exist in the park. Counts of Nocturnal species including; hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, side – stripped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, jenet cat, civet, thick – tailed Galago and black galago. The lions got extinct from the park in 1970s. However, claims have been made about the presence of lions in the park for example in December 2008, three adults and two cubs were evidently seen in the park. The water environs of Lake Mburo contain hippo concentrations. Lake Mburo National Park is such impressive national park where walking safaris are allowed (exploring game on foot), horseback safari is available where wild game can be explored on a horse ride, game drive, quad biking and boat cruise exploring the aquatics.
Birds in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda
The Uganda safari tour destination of Lake Mburo National Park has a range of 315 bird species and is the best place to view acacia associated bird species. The diverse ecological landscapes presented by the park offer varied habitats that support a range of bird species. The forest environs that stretch from Rwonyo to the jetty present sightings for the bare faced go-away, mosque swallow, black bellied bustard and Rupell’s long tailed starling. The Red faced Barbet is endemic to Lake Mburo on Ugandan standards.
The range of bird species that thrive in Lake Mburo National Park are the southern bird species at the northern limit of their range. These include; the southern ground horn-bill, black collared and black throated barbets and green capped eremomella. The swamp and waterlogged environs in the park present habitat grounds for bird species like the six (6) papyrus endemics including; the striking blue headed coucal, coloured papyrus gonolek, and the highly localized white winged and papyrus yellow warblers last recorded nowhere in Uganda. Uganda is gifted with over 1067 bird species. Lake Mburo is among the sites to experience Uganda Birding Safaris.
Culture around Lake Mburo National Park Uganda.
Located in the traditional rangelands of the Bahima Pastoralists who cherished the area for grazing their unique breed – the Ankole long horned cattle, Lake Mburo National Park has got rich cultural encounters both within and its environs.
The geographical features inside the park like the ancient Precambrian rocks which date to 500 million years back, the unique sites like the Kazuma hill, the Lake like Mburo with its legendary history not forgetting the extended flat landscapes of open savannah have for long been at the center of worship and belief for the local people and have got a rich cultural and heritage attachment to the indigenous inhabitants of those lands.
Considering outside the park, the people who were settling in the park land were evicted and most of them settled around its boundaries. Their traditions have not been lost completely and there is great heritage that is associated with them. Their traditional activity of pastoralism keeping the traditional long horned Ankole cattle has for long formed the center of their lives. Most of their daily routine activities rotate around the cows and though there has been some bit of diversification to tap into the crop farming, few people involve themselves directly in digging and its associated activities. They hire labor to work on the crop gardens especially the banana plantations which is the most common.
These people traditionally thrived alongside the wild game with little or no effect as they did not consume the wild meat. However, they had conflicts with predators; like lions which threatened their lives and that of livestock. They have impressive, music dance and drama that can be encountered while on safari tour in Uganda. The swinging of their arms in the air symbolized the horns of their cows, they have flowing song and citations which traditionally featured their beautiful cows, impressive grazing lands or catastrophic events like prolonged drought, famine, wars among others. Their literature like any other traditional Africans was centered on educating the young ones and molding them to grow up in the right manner.
The Banyankole also have impressive arts and crafts ranging from the milk pit string holders, to the pot lids, to the milk pots themselves, the ceramics, brush for cows, not forgetting how they crafted their traditional architectural huts among other impressive features that make the group worthy encountering while on safari in Uganda.
The Enyemebwa center which was put up of recent to enhance the conservation of the threatened Ankole long horned cattle is located close to the park on the Nshaara gate and brings out the typical traditional experience of these people and also organizes community interactive encounters and highly experiential tours that will leave out nothing for a cultural traveller on Uganda safari.