PIAN UPE GAME RESERVE
Pian upe is one of Uganda’s sturning conservation areas. Located 463km from kampala in north eastern Uganda. It is the second largest conservation area covering an area 2788 square km. It was first gazetted as Debasien Animal sanctuary in 1958 and later name pian upe. The name pian upe originates from two karamojong tribes that is the pian and the Upe who occupy the land.
The game reserve is located in the North eastern Uganda in the districts of Moroto and Nakapiripirit. The major town next to pian upe is Mbale town which is approximately 90km.
The game reserve is a virgin conservation area which has not been discoverd by many tourists. It provides a breathe taking encounters within the wild with rare species of wildlife which can not be found in other areas of the country. The resrve is composed of grassland, woodland grassland, forested vegetation in the foot hills of mount moroto , riverine vegetation along banks of river Greek which makes it an complex ecosystem supporting alot of species and habitat to rare species like the ostriches.
The reserve covers areas of mount kadam and mount Napak in the north, mount napak is 3rd heighest in the karamoja region and very tough to climb. Mount moroto is just adjacent to moroto town., this volcanic mountain make a chain of ranges from mount Elgon which makes borders with Kenya, the chain also includes mount morungole.mountain climbibg activities are also offered by the game reserve.
The diverse ecosystem of the game resrve include the red acacia and desert date, bushwillows , harrisonia abyssinica , red spike thorns , butterfly pea wooly caper, thatching grass. Which supports a variety of wildlife in the reserve. The lower vegetation burns every year which allows growth of fresh grass and thus the flourishing of this eco system.
Pian upe is blessed with a number of wildlife which includes the jackals, spotted hyenas , serval cats, leopards, cheetah, wildcats, topi, cape buffaloes, rothchilds giraffe, roan antelopes which can only be found in pian upe game reserve in Uganda, blue and common duiker, klipspringer, rock pythons, puff adders savannah monitors common agama, ostriches
Variety of bird species like ostriches, jackson’s hornbill, white headed buffalo weaver, hartlaub’s bustard among others.
Once in pian upe you cannot miss out on visiting the karamoja cultural museum which is located om the foothills of mount moroto . it was constructed by the funds from the French government and was commissioned by Janet Museveni . the museum has got a collection of fascinating collections , cultural heritage of the the entire karamoja region.
Once in pian upe, accommodation is one of the first sloved problems in the region. Various accommodation facilities ranging budget, midrange and standard facilities are found in the region for example shalosa hotel, mt moroto hotel, buffalo guest house , UWA bandas