Pian Upe Game Reserve in North Eastern Uganda- Karamoja is the second most protected area in the country just after Murchison Falls National park in Northwestern Uganda. This beautiful, raw and less visited park covers an area of approximately 2,788 sq km. The park got its name from a Karamojong word meaning ‘Friendly Enemy’. The game reserve is composed of hot springs and it is sighted as one of the incredible destinations with mercury walls just at Mount Kadam.
Pian Upe wildlife reserve is part of the Mount Elgon Conservation Area (MECA). It lies in semi arid area which usually receives rainfall in April with light rain from June to early September. Most parts of the park is covered with short grassland. It is also endowed with several species of wildlife which makes it so attractive and a good destination to visit while on your Uganda Safari. Some of the animals here include lions, giraffes, buffaloes, Harte beast, antelopes, greater Kudu, Topi, Orib and Rothschild’s giraffe. Bird species here include Jackson’s Hornbill, Ostritch, Hartlaub’s Bustard, White-headed buffalo-weaver as well as primates like the Vervet monkey and olive baboons. The presence of these primates species diversifies the experience one gets if he she books Uganda Safari to Pian Upe game Reserve.
Including Pian Upe on your Uganda tour will definitely give you a great opportunity to be among the first world travelers to explore the virgin pristine Pian Upe game reserves located in Mountain Elgon’s outskirts. The game reserve comprises of untouched grassland and woodland grassland as well as riverine woodland, kopjes and others. The main tree species include Acacia, bush willows, Harrisonia abyssinica, red spike thorns and desert date as well as shrubs such as butterfly pea and woody caper bush.
The headquarters of Pian Upe Game Reserve is located just alongside the direct Mbale-Moroto road which is approximately 90 kilometers from Mbale Town and is one of the destinations you should visit alongside the Kidepo Valley national Park also found in the north eastern part of Uganda.