Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a national body in charge of conserving the country’s natural heritage, which includes animals, plants, natural features and ecosystems in general. Many of these features are used top Uganda safari destinations and have attracted a number of travellers for Uganda safaris with friends and family. They have involved themselves in different Uganda safari activities in different safari destinations in Uganda that are situated across the country including National parks, reserves and many other heritage sites.
Conservation in Uganda is one of the most the protection and sustainable use of the country’s rich natural resources, therefore, UWA implements diverse strategies to conserve and sustainably manage wildlife including community participation in wildlife management; revenue sharing; collaborative management; problem animal management; wildlife use rights, and conservation education and awareness.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority goes ahead to addresses conservation challenges such as poaching, encroachment and illegal grazing through strategies such as placing patrols in all protected areas and arresting people who invade parkland without permission from the Authority. This helps protect wildlife from humans as well as prevent animals from getting extinct. This helps grow Uganda’s tourism activities in the different parks like Uganda wildlife tours in the national parks, Uganda birding safaris in parks and other in protected Uganda safari destinations like Mabamba Bay swamp.
UWA has also worked with communities around protected areas to address other challenges between wildlife and humans around these areas such as problem animals and human-wildlife conflicts among others. Wildlife benefit-sharing programs are intended to contribute towards achieving the government’s aim of poverty eradication and improved community livelihoods. Recently, the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA has started evicting over 4,000 people from Bokora-Matheniko game reserve in Kotido district in order to protect wildlife.
Many community groups migrated from the different districts of Teso and settled in this Uganda wildlife game reserve in 2014 under the guidance of the local leaders. They encroached on the protected and engaged in commercial agriculture and also constructed semi-permanent structures on the land. A team of the Uganda Wildlife Authority assisted by the police and other security organs on Monday started evicting the group which had encroached on the protected area.
According to Charles Wilfred Okula, the warden Security and Law Enforcement Matheniko- Bokora wildlife reserve, the group will leave the game reserve by the end of the year.
Of course, community reactions were not good for example Tom Omongole who left the area for Kumi said he was disappointed that they were ordered to leave before harvesting his crops. “I have nine acres of cassava in the garden. We asked to be allowed to wait for our crops to get ready but to no avail. They handled us like criminals,” said Omongole on phone. “I am now landless, I had sold my share of land in Kumi in order to acquire a large portion in Kotido and now I have been thrown out without any compensation,” added Lomongole.
However, Okula says that those with crops will return to harvest them later and those who bought the land illegally should follow up from those who sold it to them. “I encourage them to go back or settle anywhere outside a protected area. They can also go to the containment areas in Opopongo, Kalosarich and Kobebe in Abim, Kotido and Moroto respectively.
The Kidepo National Park Regional Police Commander, Stephen Onencan confirmed the orders by UWA for the community to move out of the protected area. He said police had not yet registered any cases of violence resulting from the eviction.
A Brief About Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is one of the numerous wildlife reserves in the great Karamoja region situated in Northeastern Uganda. There are three spectacular Wildlife reserves surrounded with enormous ecosystems, mountains and savannah plains in the Karamoja semi-arid area. These reserves include Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, and Matheniko Corridor Wildlife Reserve and Bokora corridor wildlife reserve. Tours in Uganda offer tourists exploration of the spectacular scenery, the flora and fauna of a particular safari destination.
Bokora Wildlife Reserve was gazetted in 1964 and is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Bokora Wildlife Reserve covers an area of about 2056km of the dry plains. Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve has attractive wildlife animals as well as beautiful birds that you wouldn’t miss seeing while on your Safari to Uganda.
Uganda safari attractions in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is famous for having the extinct Rothschild’s giraffe tourists wouldn’t miss seeing while their Uganda Wildlife Safaris. The Rothschild’s giraffe is a subspecies in the giraffe family and one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffes. It is the world’s tallest land animal that extraordinarily stands high above the rest of the animals.
Other animals in Bokora Wildlife Reserve include; the leopards, the Topis, the elands, the Oribis, the lesser Kudu, buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, Roan antelopes, the striped hyenas, the Uganda Kobs, the Bright’s gazelles, Harte beasts, the spotted hyena, oryx and the reedbucks among others. Safari Uganda and have a great combined Uganda Wildlife Safari tour to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Matheniko Wildlife reserve.
The most perfect Uganda birding spot for birders on a Uganda Birding tour in Bokora corridor wildlife is the Laporokocho swamp. Many birds gather around swamps because they act as a source of food to these birds therefore it is easy to see them when in Bokora corridor reserve. Birds to watch while there include; dusky turtle dove, the African hill babbler, thick-billed honeyguide, the alpine chat, Jackson’s hornbill, the eastern bronze napped pigeon, the grey cuckoo-shrike, the Hartlaub’s turaco, the mountain yellow warbler, the black-throated wattle eye, the lemon dove, the white-headed buffalo weaver, the ostrich among others.
Uganda Safari activities in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
Game drives in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve permits tourists to watch variety of Karamoja’s Flora and animals for example in the grasslands, tourists will be able to spot the Extinct Rothschild’s giraffes, the leopards, the Topis, the elands, the Oribis, the lesser Kudu, buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, Roan antelopes, the striped hyenas, the Uganda Kobs, the Bright’s gazelles, Harte beasts the spotted hyena, oryx and the reedbucks among others.
The perfect birding spot in Bokora corridor wildlife is the Laporokocho swamp. Birds to watch while there include; dusky turtle dove, the African hill babbler, thick-billed honeyguide, the alpine chat, Jackson’s hornbill, the eastern bronze napped pigeon, the grey cuckoo-shrike, the Hartlaub’s turaco, the mountain yellow warbler, the black-throated wattle eye, the lemon dove, the white-headed buffalo weaver, the ostrich.
Nature walks/Hikes to Mountain Moroto and Mountain Napak
Tourists who tour Uganda in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve, love carrying out nature walks through the savannah grasslands because they physically interact with the environment freely and this enables them to explore animals and birds that are hidden in the wild.
Other tourists on Uganda Safaris to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve opt to hike to Mountain Kadam which is about 3063 meters above sea level and Mountain Moroto which is about 3083 meters above sea level. Hiking to the top of these mountains takes about 2-3 days to hike to the top when hiking for about 10 hours a day. While climbing to the top, tourists have the best view of all reserves in the Karamoja region as well as their Wildlife. Uganda Mountain hiking safaris to the peaks of these mountains are less challenging compared to other mountains in Uganda like Mountain Rwenzori (5109meters) and Mountain Elgon (4321meters).
Bokora Wildlife Reserve is positioned in the Karamojong region. The Karamojong’s are famous nomadic pastoralists who depend on Milk and their cattle. Tourists who travel for Uganda cultural safaris have found Karamojongs way of life very interesting. Tourists have taken part in the grazing of the cattle, milking and slaughtering, dress code and many more. The Karamojong go ahead to even entertain the tourists by organizing dances.
Tourists on safaris to Uganda normally enjoy using roads for the reason that they have a variety of scenery to see as they move to their safari destinations.
By road, From Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) via Jinja- Pallisa- Soroti- Bokora is about 7-8 hours covering a distance of about 400km.
From Kampala via Masindi- Bokora is about 8-9 hours covering a distance of about 491km.
Via the Kotido-Moroto road, it is about 1-2 hours with a distance of about 89.4km.
Via Pader Palwo-Moroto road it’s about 87.4km taking about 1-2 hours.
By air, flights can be arranged from Entebbe International Airport to Kidepo the nearest airstrip. These chartered flights are arranged by companies like Aerolink. Scheduled flights to Kidepo airstrip as per the Aerolink schedule are planned on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flights normally take a duration of about 1-2 hours.
The tourists are then driven to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve. From Kidepo airstrip to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve, there is a distance of about 246km. This drive normally takes about 4 hours.
Uganda Safari Accommodation/ Where to stay areas in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
Camping sites are the only alternative Uganda safari accommodation in the Bokora wildlife reserve. The other accommodation areas are found in the neighbouring areas like Moroto whereby tourists are driven quite a distance to get to the reserve.
Best time to safari to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is a real wildlife hot spot but due to the poor conditions of roads, it’s hard to access it during the rainy season hence the best to safari to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is in the dry season. The dry seasons are in the months of June- September and December- February while the wet season is in the months of April, May and November. The best cars to use are 4WDs because they can handle the road conditions.
A Brief About Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
Matheniko wildlife reserve, one of the most visited reserves in Uganda, is situated in northeastern Uganda, along the Uganda Kenya border in Moroto district. The Wildlife reserve positions on an altitude of about 1070 meters (3510ft) to 1830 meters (6000ft). Matheniko Wildlife reserve is found in the semi-arid area of the Karamoja region, therefore, it is characterized by a semi-desert grassland and shrubland. Matheniko Wildlife Reserve has a size of about 1520km2 stretching from the spectacular Kidepo Valley National Park. Matheniko Wildlife reserve runs through Bokora to Pian Upe wildlife reserve which emanates second after Murchison Falls National Park.
Matheniko generates a larger ecosystem of savanna and mountains in the semi-arid area, for example, birdlife specifically around the Loporokocho swamp terrains, having species that are hard to see anywhere such as the Tockus Jacksons Hornbill, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Hartlaub’s bustard, and the Ostrich (Struthio camelus). These have attracted many tourists to tour Uganda.
Uganda Wildlife Safari attractions and activities in Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
Matheniko Wildlife reserve has an exceptional summary of Uganda’s wildlife such as primates like olive baboons, Patas monkeys, vewet monkeys. Carnivores such as the jackals, cheetah, striped hyenas, servals, civets, leopards, wildcats, spotted hyenas and antelopes, for example, Bright’s gazelle, lesser kudu, roan antelope, waterbucks, mountain reedbucks, Uganda kobs, blue duikers, Oribis, Bohar reedbucks, and Topi, elands.
Uganda wildlife safaris/ Nature walks to Matheniko Wildlife Reserve have enabled tourists to appreciate the wilderness that habits pretty wildlife. As tourists drive/ walk through the Matheniko Wildlife reserve, animals may seem bitter enemies at first sight but believe me or not, it will be the best moment ever. Breathing the same air with the animals, sharing the same atmosphere will be your lifetime story memory.
Birds in Matheniko Wildlife reserve are many in number making it a suitable Uganda birding safari destination but the common ones include; Eastern Bronze- rapped pigeon, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the mountain yellow warbler, Verreaux’s eagle, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, Ethiopian swallow, Pygmy Falcon, the black-headed plover, the cattle egret, the red-billed oxpecker, and the clapper ton’s francolin.
Birding in Matheniko Wildlife reserve offers the best Uganda birding safari experience to bird lovers. There are a variety of birds to see like, Eastern Bronze- rapped pigeon, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the mountain yellow warbler, Verreaux’s eagle, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, Ethiopian swallow, Pygmy Falcon, the black-headed plover, the cattle egret, the red-billed woodpecker, and the clapper ton’s francolin.
Uganda Cultural safari encounters in Matheniko Wild reserve offers you a chance to interact with the people in the Karamoja region. Matheniko is one of the tribes in the Karamoja region, after which it was named. Other tribes include the Pian and the Upe. All these are cattle keepers. Interacting with them enables tourists to know their lifestyle.
Best time to Safari to Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
The dry season is the best time to visit Matheniko Wildlife Reserve because it gives you a chance to enjoy a Uganda wildlife tour game drive giving a tourist on a Uganda trip chance to view the animals. During this time, the roads are easy to use as well. The dry season happens in the months of June- September and December- February.
Rainy seasons are quite tricky because the roads get slippery especially between April- May and in November. Matheniko receives an average rainfall of over 670mm during this time.
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