The view over the acacia woodland, verdant swamp and arc of freshwater lakes that make up Lake Mburo National Park makes your camp here the best place to watch the sunset and, at sunrise, plan your day’s wildlife safari. Mburo is the best place in the country to see the stately eland, as well as zebra, buffalo, topi, impala, warthogs, sitatunga and gonalek, and if you’re a twitcher from way back the three main habitats offer some of the most concentrated bird diversity anywhere. So sit back with a sundowner and watch the liquid orange orb sink beyond the horizon while thinking of your day’s safari; here wildlife dreams are a good match for the colourful, intricately patterned reality.
Over 300 species of birds flock to Lake Mburo, and a cruise on the waters, birdsong filling the air as you pass hippo pods and crocs, is the finest way of appreciating the biodiversity. Large wading birds like the marabou stork patrol the shallow edges, while rarities such as the African finfoot squat among the lake’s papyrus beds. Nesting crested cranes, extravagantly coloured species such as the malachite kingfisher and the wonderfully named (and distinctive sounding) bare-faced go-away bird are all residents here, as is the rare, rather odd-looking shoebill stork, one of the lake’s undoubted stars. Another are the fish eagles, some of which can be seen settled among acacia branches while others circle over the water, keeping a watchful eye out for their next tilapia meal.