One of the most endowed places to visit during your travels to the Karamoja sub-region because it is a paradise with numerous attractions that will take your breath away. Although remote, a visit to this region will make you forget about the hurdles you went through to discover a typical African wilderness. These are spectacular attractions to inspire you make a safari to this often ignored place for a Uganda safari and they include;
Kidepo Valley National Park
Located at the extreme north-eastern corner of Uganda is Kidepo Valley National Park, one of Uganda’s most beautiful Protected Areas found in the Karamoja sub-region. It covers an area of 1442 square kilometers/557 square miles of spectacular landscapes, thus making it one of the top must-visit destinations in the African continent but most interestingly, it offers shelter to exceptional wildlife species not found in any other Parks of the country. Some of the common wildlife species you are likely to encounter during Uganda safaris include leopards, cheetahs, lions, buffaloes, elephants, Burchell’s zebras, Rothschild giraffes and Uganda Kobs among others. If you are interested in encountering a wide range of attractions at a close range, then Kidepo Valley National Park must not miss on your bucket list. Some of the activities to except in this paradise include game drives, bush walks, bird watching, cultural tours to visit traditional Karamajong villages, visit to the extraordinary IK people that occupy Mount Morungole, bush camping and meals.
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Pian Upe is Uganda’s second largest Protected Areas after Murchison Falls National Parks extending for over 2275 square kilometers/878 square miles. It was established in 1958 as the Debasien animal sanctuary and offers views of exceptional wildlife species such as Lions, Zebras, Grants gazelles, spotted hyenas, giraffes, primates (patas monkeys, vervet monkeys and olive baboons), Roan antelopes, Aardvark, cheetahs, waterbucks as well as common elands among others.
Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
This is one of the 5th most threatened Conservation Area in the country and extends from Kidepo Valley National Park through Bokora corridor to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserves. It is a home to exceptional wildlife species such as Bright’s gazelle, lesser kudu and Roan antelopes as well as notable bird species of interest such as Ostriches, Black-throated wattle-eye, Hartlaubs turaco, mountain yellow warblers, eastern bronze-napped pigeon, grey cuckoo-shrike and thick-billed honey guide among others. Culturally and historically, magnificent rock paintings of the Nilotic and Kushite people dating back to 3000 years are also found in Matheniko Wildlife Reserve.
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is one of the magnificent places in North-eastern Uganda and was gazetted in 1964. It extends for 2056 square kilometers (794 square miles) and offers shelter to a number of remarkable wildlife species in the Karamoja sub-region. Some of the common animals found in the site include several antelopes like lesser kudu, Bright’s gazelles, topis, Elands, waterbucks and bushbucks, Rothschild giraffes in addition to birds like Ostriches, Jackson’s hornbill, white-headed buffalo weavers and many others.
The rugged landscapes of the Karamoja sub-region are one of the reasons why it is a one of a kind and a must-visit destination during Uganda safaris. Mountains such Napak, Moroto, Morungole and Kadam offer opportunities for hiking and Rock climbing to physically fit tourists. Mount Moroto is the highest while Kadam is the second highest of the Mountains in Karamoja hence climbing them is like a dream come true.
Culture of the people
The culture of the people of Karamoja is one of the most fascinating things you can enjoy during Uganda safaris. While on a cultural tour, you can take a visit to Karamajong villages known as Manyatta to learn more about their breathtaking ways of life. You will learn more about this community that is considered backward by other tribes in Uganda but their authenticity will blow your mind.
In conclusion, the Karamoja sub-region is one of the most interesting destinations with magnificent attractions/places such as Kidepo Valley National Park, Culture of the people, Volcanic Mountains, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve and Matheniko Wildlife Reserve among others. A safari to this area with blow your mind and make you love it even more.