Set strategically in northeastern Uganda, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is one of kind safari destinations that still offer authentic African experiences. It is that one protected area that has not been fully explored by many and paying a visit here means a great opportunity for you to get the best of African experiential safari holiday. This reserve lies within the Karamoja sub-region of northeastern Uganda and it is regarded as the second largest conservation area in the country after Murchison Falls National Park. It covers an area of 2788 square kilometers and lies north of Mount Elgon and currently falls under the management of Mount Elgon Conservation Area.
This nature reserve is set within a semi-arid side of Uganda that normally experiences rainfalls around April and more considerable light rainfall from June to early September but in some years, rainfall is absolute. The southern side, it was gazetted as the Debasien Animal Sanctuary in 1958. This is a government led program to convert land just south of the Greek River for agriculture threatened the viability of wildlife conservation in the entire area. Around 1964, the area was extended northward and later renamed Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. On the other side, for dramatic views to plains of this reserve Mount Kadama is the best place for you. It stands at elevation of about 3068 meters east of the reserve’s boundary.
The largest part of the reserve is still undisturbed grassland and wood grassland. There are 2 pastoralist tribes that are found here that the reserve derived its name. The Pian which falls on the Karamoja side and Upe on the Kalenjin speaking people also known as Pakot in Kenya.
The Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve headquarters is situated along the Mbale-Moroto road which covers about 90 kilometers if you are from Mbale and 11 kilometers north of the wildlife reserve’s Northern boundary. Once you are at this point, you can be in position to ascertain the entry point to the game reserves’ headquarters as soon as you cross Chepsukunya Trading Centre which takes you nearly 2 hours’ drive.