Uganda also known as “The Pearl of Africa” is a country in Africa with a lot of neutral gifts, Uganda’s wildlife population has continued to thrive because of her many wildlife reserves and game parks.
The abundance of wildlife in the country is one of these gifts.
Each reserve is home to all forms of wildlife; from mammals like the African elephant and vast primate species to the smallest of rodents.
Their views are attractive with undulating terrains, diverse vegetation coupled with abundant activities to indulge in.
Below I describe the 12 wildlife reserves found in Uganda.
Situated on the west bank of the Albertine Nile in northwestern Uganda Arua District, the Reserve sits on 166 square kilometers of land.
Grass plains, sparse savannah woodland and swamps would best describe the site’s topography.
Among the many birds, spices found there are the Marabou stocks, African Fish eagles and Grey-crowned cranes.
Birding is a must-do activity at this reserve.
Nature walks and game drives can also be arranged on a safari to this reserve.
You will also be able to spot the Uganda Kob, Hartebeest, Warthog, Hippopotamuses, Leopard, Oribi, Crocodiles, Python Snakes, Waterbucks, Sitatunga, Buffalo, Common Duiker, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus, and Vervet Monkey.
The Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is located in North-Eastern Uganda in the Karamoja sub-region.
Its name is derived from the ethnic group of the Bokora people.
It sits on 2056 square kilometers of land.
Among the activities done in this park include; birding in the Loporokocho swamp, hikes to Mount Kadam and nature walks.
The most sought after animals in the reserve include the Rothschild’s Giraffe, Spotted Hyenas, Leopards, The Topis, Oryx, Oribis, Cheetahs, Reedbucks, Striped Hyenas, The Uganda Kobs, The Lesser Kudu, Buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, Roan Antelopes, and Elands.
The Ostrich, Dusky Turtle Dove, Eastern Bronze-Napped Pigeon, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, The Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Hill Babbler, Alpine Chat, Jackson’s Hornbill, Mountain Yellow-Warbler, Black-Throated Wattle-Eye, Lemon Dove, White-Headed Buffalo-Weaver and Thick-Billed Honey Guide are some of the birds to tick off your bird checklist while at the reserve.
The reserve is nestled between the Bulisa and Masindi districts at the base of the rift valley escarpment to the western side of Murchison Falls National Park.
It covers 473 square kilometers which are home to 600 Uganda Kobs, 1200 Oribis among other animals and 240 bird species.
The well-maintained trails at the reserve allow travelers the chance to enjoy a game drive, nature walks and other activities such as community visits.
Community visits give you the chance to experience the cultures of the people living near the reserve, camping, picnics and bird watching.
This Wildlife Reserve is found along the western rift valley trail between Murchison Falls Park and Kibale Forest National Park.
It covers 87 square miles of land.
The fact that the reserve is in the Albertine rift valley region and close to Lake Albert, fishing is a must-do activity while in this reserve.
The Nile Perch is the most sought for fish will fishing in this reserve although there are many fish species to choose from.
The absence of predators has made guided hikes and nature walks a safe and fun activity to add to your to-do list when in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.
The reserve’s topography allows mountain bike safaris as well as ATV (all-terrain vehicle ) Quad biking.
A particularly rare activity in Uganda is Fossil finding, this activity can be done at the Kabwoya Wildlife reserve.
The activity is quite engaging for those on a safari with children.
The enthusiastic birder on a bird safari will find Kabwoya wildlife reserve a birding delight with over 460 bird species to see.
As the name suggests, Karuma Wildlife reserve is known for its greatest feature; the Karuma falls yet there is more to this place than watching the dashing waterfalls.
It is abundant in primate life and while on a nature walk here you are bound to see the Olive Baboons, Black And White Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and L’Hoest Monkeys.
The reserve is also home to Buffaloes, Leopards, Rothschild Giraffe, Elephants, Lions, and Antelopes, the Uganda Kobs, Oribis, and Topis.
Karuma Wildlife Reserve is located in Kiryandongo District.
Located on the banks of Katonga River, Katonga Wildlife Reserve‘s existence supports over 40 mammal species.
The vegetation of the Katonga Reserve is mixed Savannah with acacia scrubland or woodlands.
These mammals include the shy Sitatunga Antelope, African Elephants, Reedbuck, Uganda Kob, River Otter and Waterbucks.
Guided nature walks, hikes and canoe safaris are the only possible activities in Katonga Wildlife Reserve.
This is due to the absence of developed road networks making Katonga Wildlife Reserve a sanctuary best explored on foot and canoe.
Kigezi Wildlife reserve is located in Rukungiri District in Western Uganda and covers 265 square kilometers of land.
In this reserve, you can enjoy the sight of the African elephant.
It is a sanctuary to elephants moving from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Other animals that can be viewed in this wildlife reserve include Kobs, Buffaloes Giant Forest Hogs, Bushbucks and Topis as well as multiple Bird Species.
If you plan to spend a night at the reserve, prepare to pitch your tent because there are no resorts or lodges within the reserve.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve is best known for its chimpanzee population making chimp trekking with the guidance of experienced guides.
The reserve is a water source to the animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park which makes it a hotspot for wildlife viewing.
The wildlife reserve is also a perfect spot for birders, this is because it is home to bountiful bird species including; Falcons, African Skimmer, African Broad Bill, Pink Backed Pelicans, and the White-Tailed Lark among others.
A guided nature or forest walk should be added to your bucket-list on things to do while at the Kyambura wildlife reserve.
In Northern Western Uganda, north of Murchison Falls-Amuru District is where the East-Madi Wildlife reserve is found.
The reserve rests on 831 square kilometers of land that houses 50 mammals, 181 bird species and 374 plant species making nature walks, wildlife viewing and birding some of the activities offered in this reserve.
There are a number of primates that can be seen including the Blue Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, and Red-tail Monkeys
Found in the Karamoja sub-region North East of Uganda, Matheniko Wildlife reserve ranks 5th in the most threatened protected conservation areas in Uganda.
In spite of that, the Lesser Kudu, Roan Antelopes, Bright’s Gazelle and Ostriches as well as bird species including the Alpine Chat, Grey-Cuckoo Shrike, and Thick Billed Honey Guide can be seen while touring the reserve.
Matheniko Wildlife Reserve also has some ancient rock paintings said to date back to 3000 years ago.
Birding, nature walks, community and cultural visits are some of the activities to do while at the Matheniko wildlife reserve.
The Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is a conservation area in the Karamoja subregion of northeastern Uganda.
It is considered one of the largest conservation areas in Uganda.
It is situated in Nakapiriprit District in North Eastern Uganda.
Dominant tree species in this reserve are red acacia and desert date. Also present are bushwillows, Harrisonia abyssinica, and red spike-thorns.
Shrubs include butterfly pea and wooly caper bush.
It is home to enormous rock pythons and smaller but venomous puff adders. Harmless water snakes, lizards are also found there.
Mountain climbing at Mt. Kadam, guided nature walks and wildlife safaris, cultural community visits, and bird watching are some of the activities to do while at Pian Upe wildlife reserve.
The Toro-Semiliki wildlife reserve which was gazetted in 1926, is among Uganda’s best wildlife reserves.
It is located between the Kabarole and Ntoroko Districts in western Uganda.
While on a safari in Toro-Semiliki Wildlife Reserve you can take a boat ride on Lake Albert, go birding, hike a whole 7kilometres to the Nyaburogo Gorge, take a guided primate walk that can last for at least 4hours or visit the local community and watch them perform a traditional dance.
A Uganda wildlife reserve safari is one of the most exciting wildlife safaris you could ever have in Uganda. Friendly Gorillas Safaris can help you organize this safari.
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