How Many Game Reserves Are In Uganda? Uganda which is commonly referred to as the “the Pearl of Africa” is also a land locked country which has a remarkable biodiversity and well known for its good warm climate. Uganda is a good perfect destination to visit while planning to go an adventurous safari in East Africa because it has largely preserved game reserves and around 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves, 5 community management areas, 13 wildlife sanctuaries and all these protected areas play a big critical role in conserving the countries diverse flora and fauna which offers a haven for ecotourism and they all act as good natural habitats to various wildlife species which are considered to be the top tourist attractions due to the fact that many people travel from all over different parts of the world to see these animals. Therefore, in the essay below we will explore more about Uganda’s Game reserves, each with its characteristics, their significance in conservation, their location and their contribution towards the nation’s economy and how they develop the local communities. More so, unlike the national parks, the game reserves also support some of the human activities such as; regulated hunting which always helps to generate the revenue for the conservation efforts and some of these reserves include;
- Ajai Wildlife Reserve.
Ajai wildlife reserve is located in the Northeastern region of Uganda in Arua district close to the western banks of the Nile. In addition, this wildlife reserve is considered one of the smallest conservation protected areas, which covers a total surface area of about 2148 square kilometers, and it was officially established in 1965. Ajai wildlife reserve is dominated by a large island and it surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps and wooded savanna. More so, this reserve is famously known for preserving species such as; Uganda Kob and it provides a buffer zone for Murchison fall national park.
- Karuma wildlife Reserve.
Karuma wildlife reserve is located in the western region of Uganda in Kiryandongo district. In addition, it is stands at an elevated area of about 902 meters above the sea level. and it is situated near Murchison falls national park and it is being managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority who have their major role as to protect and conserve all the national parks in the country. More so, this wildlife reserve is famously known for its spectacular roaring karuma waterfalls, which are found on the Victoria Nile. Karuma wildlife reserve is an area of gentle relief, which is crossed over by several watercourses, and it covers a total surface area of about 317 square kilometers.
- Katonga wildlife Reserve.
Katonga wildlife reserve is located in the western region of Uganda and it is situated along the banks of Katonga River covering a total surface area of about 211 square kilometers. This game reserve was established in 1998 and it is known to be a home to several plant species and animals such as; waterbucks, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, Uganda Kob, reedbuck, bushbuck duikers, leopards, duikers, bush buck among others. Which attract tourists and it is also being surrounded by unique wetland environment.
- Matheniko wildlife reserve.
The Matheniko wildlife reserve is a conservation area that is located the Northeastern region in Karamoja sub region. In addition, this game reserve was officially established in 1964 ranking it among the oldest national parks in the country, covering a total surface area of about 1,520 square kilometers.
- Kyambura Wildlife Reserve.
Kyambura wildlife reserve is located in the Northeastern region of Queen Elizabeth national park, it is situated in a distance of about 30 kilometers from the parks headquarters, and it spans in a distance of about 11 kilometers linking to the Kazinga channel. In addition, this reserve is a hidden spot within the park due to the fact that many individuals while on their safari in the park always tend to is out visiting this reserve. Kyambura game reserve covers a total surface area of about 156 square kilometers and it was established in 1965 among others.
Apart from the above mentioned, there are more game reserves where tourists can visit and some of these include; Kigezi wildlife reserve, Kabwoya game reserve and many others.
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