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Bokora Corridor Game Reserve

Bokora Corridor Game Reserve is part of the corridor wildlife reserves in Karamoja region. Bokora Corridor Game Reserve is situated in the dry plains of eastern Uganda and the fact that it’s roads are not in good condition makes it hard to be accessed especially in the wet (Rainy) seasons of the year. Bokora Corridor Game Reserve can best be accessed by a bad condition road in the dry season only.

 

At the moment, there is no accommodation available at the reserve but Uganda Wildlife Authority is planning on constructing simple facilities for accommodation. The wildlife that reside in Bokora Corridor Game Reserve include the Giraffe, Gazelle, eland, Antelope plus more animals. A wide variety of birds also reside in Bokora Corridor Game Reserve which makes a favorite spot for birding safaris in Uganda.

Notably, there is a fact you have to know about these corridor game reserves. Karamojongs are portioned into separate ethnic groups which include the Bokora, the Upe, the Pian and the Matheniko who reside in respective game reserves that carry their ethnic name. The Bokora reside in the Bokora Corridor Game Reserve.

The Pian Upe game reserve, sits on an area approximated to be 2801 square kilometers stretching from Mountain Kadam all the way to Mountain Napak on it’s North. In the reserve circle resides a variety of wildlife like the extinct Rothschild’s Giraffe, zebras, lions, leopards, buffaloes plus more species. Pian Upe game reserve is so far considered the largest reserve in Uganda.

Portioning with the Bokora corridor game reserve Matheniko game reserve, these three games reserves put into place a broader ecosystem of mountains and Savannah all lying in a semi arid area. There are a lord of birds around their swamp terrains which creates an environment for birding safaris. Notably, of all the swamps; the best swamp for birding is the Loporokocho swamp because of the presence of species of birds that difficult to spot elsewhere in it. Such extinct birds that are found in Loporokocho swamp include the Ostrich , Jackson’s Hornbill, the White-headed Buffalo-Weaver plus so many more species of birds.

KARUMA WILDLIFE RESERVE

 Karuma Wildlife Reserve

Situated in Kiryandongo district (former Masindi district) in the western side of Uganda is Karuma and stands at an elevation of 902 meters/2959.32 feet above sea level. What makes this spectacular wildlife Reserve stand out is the roaring Karuma waterfalls located on the breathtaking Victoria Nile and makes it a must see attraction on a Ugandan Safari. The fascinating waterfalls are situated not far from Murchison Falls National Park-Uganda’s largest and oldest Protected Area/National Park along the Eastern edge of the National Park and only one hour’s drive from Gulu district. This Wildlife Reserve is located within the Murchison Conservation Area that consists of the Murchison Falls National park, the Budongo Forest Reserve, the Kaniyo-Pabidi Forest and the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve.

There is a local legend that the Rocks that form these Waterfalls were contrived by a powerful traditional spirit called “Karuma”, and it is from it that the waterfalls acquired their name. When travelling to Northern Uganda districts, you will not hesitate but get impressed by the breathtaking appearance and the sounds of these powerful waterfalls. The appearance is more mind-blowing during the rainy seasons where they appear as white as snow.

Karuma Wildlife Reserve extends over an area of 820 square kilometers/317 square miles and was established into a Wildlife Reserve in 1964. Initially, it was established to act as a buffer zone between the Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Villages in addition to other un-conserved areas. However, throughout the years the Karuma Wildlife Reserve has slowly lost its significance of protection against wildlife intrusion from the National Park to the surrounding areas and now looks to be a buffer for the Park against human population pressure instead. The outcome has been tremendous encroachments of the local communities into the Wildlife Reserve. The establishment and existence of a Refugee settlement in Kiryandongo where more than 7000 people have been relocated has contributed to extreme impediment on the tourism resources of the Wildlife Reserve.

Karuma Wildlife Reserve under the Protected Areas predominately lies in Kiryandongo district and was traditionally an extensive area for large animals such as the elephants, buffaloes and hippos in addition to the smaller wildlife species.

Wildlife Species within the Karuma Wildlife Reserve

Some of the notable Wildlife species to look out for in the Karuma Wildlife Reserve include the Cape Buffaloes, the Elephants, the Uganda Kobs, the Rothschild’s giraffes, the vervet monkeys, the Olive baboons, the Black and white Colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, the Topis, the Hippos, the Oribis, occasionally the Lions and the Leopards among others.

Besides the Wildlife and bird species within the Wildlife Reserve, it is widely known for the roaring Karuma falls on the Victoria Nile and is perfect for sigh seeing. This waterfalls is not very far from the powerful Murchison Falls, hence can enjoy two of the greatest waterfalls in Uganda while on a safari.

Where to stay within Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserve

Unlike other Wildlife Reserves that have no accommodation facilities, tourists visiting Karuma Wildlife Reserve are sorted with the Red Chili rest Camp, the Karuma Falls Campsites and other Campsites perfect for camping safaris.

How to access Karuma Wildlife Reserve

The Wildlife Reserve is found on the Masindi-Gulu highway that crosses the Nile River, at about 110 kilometers/68 miles drive North-west wards from Masindi Town and only 70 kilometers/43 miles drive south from Gulu Town. Public buses to Gulu can be boarded from Nakivubo Bus terminal, and cost between Shs 20,000 and Shs 25,000.

In conclusion, the Karuma Wildlife Reserve is one of the most interesting places you can visit for a wildlife safari with the interesting wildlife species such as the Uganda Kobs, lions, leopards, Buffaloes and Elephants that call the Reserve home.

KATONGA WILD LIFE

Katonga Wildlife Reserve

Situated in the core of Uganda, Katonga wildlife Reserve is not so popular like the other reserves; main reason as to why it is always left out by most tourists who embark on Uganda safaris. The best way to tour this reserve is on foot or by the use of canoes reason being there are no roads that allow safari vehicles to access the reserve.

 

Katonga wildlife reserve is a habitat for over 30 species of mammals including the famous African elephant, water bucks, the Uganda Kob. It’s outstanding primate species are colobus monkeys and olive baboons. It also harbors over 140 species of birds which makes it one of the best spots for birding safaris in Uganda. One outstanding fact about Katonga wildlife reserve is the fact that it harbors the scarce Sitatunga Antelope. However, most of the wildlife in the reserve were on a great decline but the outstanding endeavors by the government to shield the wildlife from poaching are showing positive signs as the wildlife is slowly regaining numbers in the game reserve.

The exceptional panoramic views of the wildlife reserve that is made up of an ever green rain-forest plus papyrus swamps and savanna vegetation are a home for various wildlife and birds that make the amazing views of the Reserve. The wildlife reserve is situated on the furthest steeps of the famous valley of Katonga river. A safari to Katonga wildlife reserve gives you the opportunity to cruise on a canoe as you trail through a shallow channel and it’s swampy areas.

Katonga wildlife reserve is situated in between the districts of Kamwenge and Ibanda, west of Uganda just near River Katonga. The reserve sits on an area of approximately 200 square kilometers about 4 hours from Kampala. The reserve was born in 1998 and slots up among the list of protected wildlife areas in Uganda.

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KIBALE FOREST PRIMATE RESERVE

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve in Western Uganda

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Kibale Forest Primate Reserve contains vast tracts of equatorial rainforests. This park contains the world's highest concentration of primates in the world.

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve is located 35 kilometers south of Fort Portal, it also shelters Uganda's third largest population of elephants. For visitors, the major attraction in the park is the 500-strong population of chimpanzees - one of man's closest relatives. Visitors can opt for 4-hour guided forest walks to catch a glimpse of some of the chimps.

 

Kibale equatorial rainforest contains the highest concentration of primates in the world, including about 500 chimpanzees. This enchanting park is full of lakes, marshes and grasslands and its slopes contain several distinct types of forests (lowland tropical rainforest, deciduous forest and montane forests), perfect for its arboreal inhabitants. Out of the 12 primate species living in Kibale, the chimpanzees attract the most attention.

Eleven different species of primates have been recorded in the park. This includes the Black and White and Red Colobus, L'Hoest's Monkeys and Galagos. The reserve is also home to a large population of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a large variety of butterflies and birds.

 

Some of the more "popular" birds are the Hornbills and Turacos. For the nature lover, the rainforests themselves are a wonder - the trees grow very high and their circumferences are enormous. There is dense undergrowth, through which small streams make their way and occasionally create swamps in open areas where buffaloes and antelopes graze.

 

 

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve Animals & Birds

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve chimps are habituated to human visitors, as a sustainable eco-tourism initiative allowing people to visit has been running since 1992. You can be sure to find chimps when the sticky fruit of the huge fig trees ripen, at other times your guide will know where to find them.

 

However, once they decide to move on at high speed through the branches, keeping up with them can be quite a challenge. As you walk through the ancient, pristine forests the extraordinary diversity and abundance of life in an exotic tropical rainforest is revealed. Trees stretch up to 170 feet high (52 metres), held in place by broad buttress roots and in places the undergrowth is extremely dense.

 

Other mammals are present, though rarely seen. These include forest elephant, buffalo, leopard, bush pig and duiker. A keen observer may also spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of butterflies .Primates include the black and white callous, blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.

 

Birds are abundant with at least 325 species such as colorful turacos and noisy hornbills who squawk loudly as they fly. The buzz of life is audible here, but a silent encounter to take your breath away is standing amongst clouds of fluttering butterflies, of which this park boasts 144 different species!

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve swampy clearings and grasslands are home to buffaloes and antelopes, while the shady wooded inclines slopes hide the elusive forest elephant - smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart.

 

 

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve Seasons

Dry Season

June to September is the driest time when most animals remain near water, but be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms at any time. The hot dry time is January to February and is a good time to visit. Dry season temperatures average 80°F (25°C).


Rainy Season:

It rains anytime from October to December and March to May when many roads become impassible.

 

 

 

 

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve Highlights
• Habituated chimpanzees

• 12 different primates
• Clouds of butterflies

• Ancient forests
• Tropical birds

 

Kibale Forest Primate Reserve Facts

This park is located in the west of Uganda covering an area of 296 miles² (766 km²)

MATHENIKO GAME RESERVE

Matheniko Game Reserve

Matheniko Game Reserve is also known as Matheniko Wildlife Reserve. Situated in the conservation area of the Karamoja subregion of northeastern Uganda, Matheniko Wildlife Reserve appears to be the 5th of the most-threatened wildlife conservation protected area in Uganda.

 

Matheniko Game Reserve is a portion of the corridor of protected areas in the Karamoja subregion that stretches all the way from Kidepo National Park down through Bokora & Pian Upe Wildlife Reserves. North-East to Matheniko Game Reserve is the Uganda – Kenya border. This Game reserve is situated in the famous Somali – Masai environment of semi-desert grassland with part of it being shrubland. The average rainfall that falls in the Reserve each year is estimated to be 670 mltrs with much rain falling in the months of April, May and also in November.

This game reserve currently harbors a few species of wildlife though it’s not so busy compared to the rest.

The Game reserve has a nice specie of vegetation despite it’s location. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has put a lot of emphasis on developing the tourism infrastructure of the game reserve in the past years. A few years ago, bidders were sought in a campaign to raise funds for constructing an accommodation facility at the Game Reserve.

TORO SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE

Toro – Semliki Wildlife Reserve

The Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve lies close to the western border of Uganda. The nearest town to the Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve is Fort Portal, which is situated approximately 33 km south of the reserve. This wildlife reserve sits on majority of the western Rift Valley landscape in-between Lake Albert and the famous Rwenzori Mountains which are considered 2 of the various unique features that border the reserve. The Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve is a very important piece in the Uganda tourism industry.

 

Southwest of the the Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve are the 3rd highest elevated mountains in Africa, none other than the Rwenzori Mountains. North to the reserve is the famous Lake Albert, the furthest-north of the so called great rift lakes. Appearing as one of the few spots where the extinct shoebill bird can be found, Lake Albert is a great destination for birding tours in Uganda. West of the reserve is the broad Congolese rainforest that contains one of the richest, most extinct species reservoirs in the world and one of the planet’s biggest covers of the un-logged forest.

Due to the fact that it’s just next to the Rwenzori Mountains, it’s possible for tourists on safaris to Uganda to extend their Uganda safari to Tooro – Semliki wildlife reserve and carry out a few activities like birding, wildlife viewing and more depending on the preference on the drafted safari itinerary and requests from Ugandan tourists.

 

The location of the nature-blessed Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve is right at the junction of so many extinct habitats and tropical rainforest on the shores of Lake Albert. The beautiful escarpment ecotone that lies far-east of the Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve, the Rwenzoris in the south, not forgetting the grassland at the the core of the reserve totals up for an abundant and extinct population and species of birds that are claimed to exceed four-hundred species

ASWA LOLIM GAME RESERVE

Aswa – Lolim Game Reserve

The Aswa – Lolim Game Reserve is one of the un-common wildlife reserves in Uganda. Aswa – Lolim was a game reserve in northern Uganda but unfortunately It was de-gazetted in 1972 which is part of the reasons why very few people recognize it today with majority ignorant about it’s existence in the Uganda tourism sector.

 

Aswa – Lolim Game Reserve is situated in the far north of Murchison Falls National Park (Kabalega National Park) and it’s aim was to provide a strict dispersal and free migration area for several wildlife from Murchison Falls National Park which include the elephants, the giraffes, the Kobs plus more wildlife.

It falls Between the great Albert Nile and Gulu town, North of Uganda right on the west bank of the Albert Nile sitting on high rolling hills stripped by a number of rivers which include the “Aswa” and “Lolim”; the two names that define Aswa – Lolim Game Reserve.

However, In 2010 the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) gave privileges to an extinct group known as the Aswa – Lolim Wildlife Association with aims of managing the relevant wildlife migration routes in the area of the game reserve. Currently, Aswa – Lolim is an array of large ranches and farms, but the wildlife that reside in it are still being protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

AJAI GAME RESERVE

Ajai Game Reserve

 

 

Ajai Game Reserve is made up of plains of grasses, a couple of wood lands and swamps. It is a bit hard to access because of the poor road that leads to it but is very accessible by road from Gulu. Apparently, there is no accommodation available at the reserve. Tourist who visit Ajai Game Reserve either connect to Murchison Falls National Park or Gulu Town for an overnight.

This game reserve was established to protect the white rhinos which are very few in numbers here in Uganda due to poaching. Several animals live along in the park with the white rhinoceros. These animals include the Uganda Kob, Common Duiker, Olive baboon, Black & White Colobus, bush-buck, buffalo, hartebeest, warthog, hippopotamuses, waterbucks and a large species of bird. Ajai Game reserve is also a great spot for birding tours.

Ajai Game reserve lies on the west bank of the Albert Nile and is covered grass land. It’s climate is tropical. and mainly receives heavy rain in the months of April, May, October and November. Reaching Ajai game reserve takes approximately 6 and 1/2 hours by road from Kampala and a few minutes by flight in case a tourist opts for a flight from Kampala to Arua.

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