Pian Upe wildlife reserve spans 2788 square kilometers in Uganda’s Karamoja area. Pian Upe is a Karamojong word that means “friendly enemy” from the reserve’s two surrounding pastoral communities. Pian is a Karamojong group, and Upe speaks Kalenjin, which is similar to Pokot in Northern Uganda and Kenya.
Hot springs with mercury wells can be found on Mount Kadam in the Pian Upe nature reserve. The reserve includes grassland, forests, riverine woodland, kopjes, and a variety of tree species such as Harris onia Abyssinia, bush willows, desert date, red acacia, red spike thorns, butterfly pea, and wooly caper bush.
Pian Upe wildlife reserve is home to elephants, elands, lions, giraffes, zebras, and roan antelope. The unusual Ostrich, huge hartlaub’s bustard, Jackson’s hornbill, and white headed buffalo weaver can all be found in the Loporokocho marsh. Pian Upe should be included in Kidepo Valley safaris for the full doze experience.
Pian Upe Wildlife reserve accessibility.
Mbale is 100 miles from the Pian Upe headquarters. Pian Upe is about 5 hours from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
Accommodations in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Visitors to Pian Upe can stay in one of four bandas near the headquarters, although the nicest accommodations are in nearby Mbale town.
Season of Pian Upe
Pian Upe can be visited all year, although the best time to watch the fauna is from January to March.
From April through October, roads become impassable, and wildlife sightings are limited due to extensive foliage.
The months of November and December are dry, yet the flora is lush and the views are misty.
Pian Upe’s pursuits
The vast plains of Pian Upe are rich with wildlife, which may be observed on safari game drives. Cheetahs, black-backed roan antelopes, side-striped jackals, hartebeests, greater kudu, dik-dik, eland, buffalos, and zebras are all possible sightings. For game drives, 4X4s are ideal.
Birdwatching in Pian Upe
At least 242 bird species have been recorded at Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, including rare birds such as the world’s largest bird, the ostrich.