- Ajai Game Reserve
- Kafu River Basin
- Karamoja Region
- Nwoya / Murch
Ajai Game Reserve was named after a famous Chief called Ajai. In 1937, Chief Ajai declared the area a game sanctuary to protect “unique wild animals”, the White Rhinos (now extinct). In 1965 after the death of the Chief, the sanctuary was officially gazetted as Ajai Game Reserve. It was then under management of the former Game Department with the purpose of strengthening the protection of the White Rhinos. In the 1950’s to 1960’s Ajai was a famous tourist/sport hunters’ destination in the then West Nile region. Interestingly this area was also featured in the now legendary safari Roosevelt undertook during the turn of the century, Rhino camp as he named it still exists today as a settlement on the Nile.
In the late 1960s, over 100 white rhinos were translocated into Ajai Wildlife Reserve from outlying areas of West Nile, however, during the lawlessness and poor management of the 1970’s to 1980’s the Rhino population and other big
game species had been greatly reduced or became extinct. In 1979 the last White Rhino disappeared from the area. The Uganda Wildlife Safaris group is currently working on a project to return White Rhino to this historic wilderness area once again.
Uganda Wildlife Safaris has now been granted the rights to the reserve, and is in the process of implementing a management plan that will restore Ajai to its former glory. According to this plan , the new purpose is to protect and conserve the diverse fauna and flora of Ajai , re-introduce key species and develop infrastructure to not only conserve this area but also to ensure it will benefit the people of the West Nile region, Uganda and the International community for future generations.
The huge Kafu River Basin stretches along Lake Kyoga, Kafu & Mayanja Rivers and covers the seven districts of Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kiboga, Kyankwansi, Kiryandongo and Masindi covering about 5,000,000 hectares. Mayanja River Lodge is located in the Nakaseke district, close to Ngoma.
The landscape in Kafu consists mainly of Papyrus swamps and dense bush thickets making it a perfect area for the East African Sitatunga, Bush Duiker, Reedbuck, Nile Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Leopard, Common Oribi and Bush Pig. You will be most likely encounter this wildlife and all the wetland bird species of Uganda during a bush walk.
Our private reserve in the north east of Uganda, sharing a boundary with the famed Kidepo National Park remains as one of the last true wilderness areas in Uganda.
Karamoja, the land of warrior nomads stretches across an isolated corner of Africa named after the people who have lived there for centuries: the Karamojong. With more than 27,000 square kilometres, this arid expanse of savannah and bush forms the northeast edge of Uganda where it borders Kenya and the Sudan.
Its natural borders alone attributes to the region’s remoteness. To the east stands the Rift Valley escarpment towering over the Kenyan plains and scrubland. To the north lie the pristine basin of Kidepo National Park and a mountainous vastness that leads into the Sudan to the west lies Acholi land with its immense swamplands.ue.
Set on a large plateau, much of Karamoja is more than 1,000 metres above sea level, and four main mountains overlook the region’s savannah, highlands and river valleys.
Karamoja’s climate is harsh, with rain that seldom exceeds 800 millimetres per year. The precipitation that does fall usually comes sporadically between June and October with the desert winds and the hot dry season taking over the land from November to March.