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In addition to the 10 National Parks in Uganda, tourists have a chance to explore Uganda Wildlife Game Reserves which present a unique experience of vast animal and bird species. Uganda Game Reserves do not receive as many visitors as the National Parks but the few visitors to take the time to explore the reserves always leave with much satisfaction.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority in charge of wildlife in Uganda, uses the game reserves in translocation to either decongest some national parks or to add on the number of animals in particular parks. Depending on how busy the Game Reserves get, they too could be turned into National Parks. Wild animals in Uganda Wildlife Reserves include; kobs, elephants, hartebeests, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, sitatunga, oribi, vervet monkeys among many other species. There are several bird species in these game reserves which make bird watching safaris in Uganda more exciting.

Below is a complete list of Uganda Game Reserves.

Ajai Wildlife Reserve

Ajai Wildlife Reserve is a small protected area that lies on the western bank of the Albert Nile in Arua district in north western on an elevation of 658m above sea level, consisting of mainly woodlands, Savannah, and swamps characterized by a permanent island surrounded by swamps fed by the river Acha and Ala, these combined together form a great birding spot for bird lovers…Read More


Aswa-Lolim Game Reserve

Aswa-Lolim Game Reserve is one of the rarest game reserves in Uganda located in the furthest corner of Murchison falls national park a large conservation area and oldest, this wild life reserve was to serve the purpose of providing an area for wildlife that migrated from Murchison falls in case they lost track along the way…Read More


Bokora Wildlife Reserve

Bokora Wildlife Reserve is in northeastern Uganda in the Karamoja semi-arid region gazette in 1964 under the management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority covering an area of about 794 miles of the dry plain grassy lands beginning from Kadam Mountain to Mountain Napak in the North…Read More


Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Bugungu Wildlife Reserve is a small park part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area covering 473 square kilometers situated in Bulisa and Masindi district west of Murchison Falls National Park, at the bottom of the Albertine rift valley protecting savannah grasslands…Read More


Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve lies between Kibale Forest National Park and Murchison Falls National Park covering an area of about 87 square kilometers of the protected land with magnificent views gazette in 1980 and became a wildlife reserve by the 2002. The game reserve is often forgotten by tour operators and yet it is amazingly beautiful and unexplored besides the Kibale Forest National Park and Murchison Falls National Park…Read More


Karuma Wildlife Reserve

Karuma Wildlife Reserve lies along the northern route to Gulu, towards Murchison falls national park the largest conservation area in Uganda and the oldest lying on an elevation of 902m above sea level, famous for its Karuma Falls along the magnificent Victoria Nile. It is located in the Murchison falls conservation area that contains Bugungu, Budongo, Kanio-Papidi and Murchison Falls National Park…Read More


Katonga Wildlife Reserve

Katonga Wildlife Reserve was gazette in 1964 as a game reserve covering an area of about 210square kilometers it was created in order to act as a bay for the animals migrating from western Uganda to South Sudan and Tanzania. It became a wild life reserve after the game department merged with the Uganda national parks to form the Uganda Wildlife Authority…Read More


Kigezi Wildlife Reserve

Kigezi Wildlife Reserve lies in the western part of Uganda in Rukungiri district a land of a thousand hills, it’s one of the most angelic places of Uganda nicknamed the “Switzerland of Africa” established in 1952 among the oldest conservation areas in Uganda close to Maramagambo Forest and Omuruyenzhe covering an area of 265 square kilometers it is one of the most amazing places to visit…Read More


Kyambura Game Reserve

Kyambura Game Reserve is located in queen Elizabeth national park second largest conservation area in Uganda a popular destination with a diverse eco-system it lies within the park and home to primate species especially the chimpanzee they live deep within the rain forest and visitors term it to be the special rare and unique part of queen Elizabeth National Park…Read More


Matheniko Game Reserve

Matheniko Game Reserve is located in Karamojong region in Moroto district 5th of the most endangered conservation parts in Uganda covering an area of 1520 square kilometers the park is close to mountain Elgon having its own rocks stretching up to 6 feet, the north eastern boundary of Matheniko Game Reserve lies on the Uganda- Kenya border lying in the Somali-Masai eco-region of a semi dessert, grassland, shrubs receiving little rainfall and harsh weather conditions the plants and animals in this region survive and are resistant to the conditions…Read More


Pian Upe Game Reserve

Pian Upe Game Reserve is the largest wildlife game reserve gazette in1965 in the northern sector of the Karamojong sub region and is the second largest game reserve after Murchison Falls National Park. The game reserve receives rainfall only one season all throughout the year…Read More


Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Semliki Wildlife Reserve, formerly the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve was among the first conservation areas to be protected in south west of Uganda gazette in 1926 mainly to protect the large numbers of antelopes that live around this area, the reserve lies on the floor of the Albertine rift valley between the Rwenzori, kijuri escarpment and lake albert covering an area of 542 square kilometers…Read More


Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only remaining home to the critically endangered Rhinos located in Nakasongola district in Uganda. The sanctuary protects a small population of 22 southern white rhinos commonly known for rhino tracking. It covers a total space of 70 square kilometers…Read More


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