Uganda wildlife safaris are not only enjoyed in National Parks but also in wildlife reserves! visiting a wildlife reserve on your wildlife safaris Uganda may look funny but actually, experiencing it is the best you can offer to yourself on your Safari in Uganda. Imagine living in a land with flourishing life, unique trees and vegetation types, along with different types of animals that call this land a home. The life that you know is different from the natural life in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Experiencing the natural life outside what you are used to requires you to make a planned Uganda Safari to one of the most secluded wildlife reserves in Uganda; Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.
A Safari Uganda to Pian Upe, takes you to protected area in the Karamoja sub region in Northeastern Uganda. Pian Upe is positioned between Mountain Elgon and the Kidepo Valley National Park. This reserve is the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda with an area of about 2,788km and the second largest protected area after Murchison falls National Park that covers an area of about 3,893km2. Pian Upe was gazetted as the Debasien animal sanctuary in the southern part in 1958 and was expanded northwards and renamed Pian Upe in 1964.
The reserve has several wildlife surviving there therefore it is open to tourists interested in wildlife safaris in Uganda. Animals seen there include; Leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Oribi, Hell’s Zebra, Buffalos, Eland, Bright’s gazelle, Harte beast, Greater Kudu, Topi, Dik-dik and Uganda’s last population of Roans Antelopes, Vervet monkeys, Pata monkey, Olive Baboons. These animals have attracted thousands of tourists to tour Uganda every year.
Besides the wildlife, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is perfect for a Uganda birding safari such as, the Lemon Dove, White headed Buffalo weaver, Black throated wattle eye, the Mountain Yellow warbler, the Hartlarb’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, the Eastern bronze napped Pigeon, Jackson’s Hornbill, the Alpine chat, Thick-billed honey guide, the Africa Hill babbler, the Dusky turtle Bove and the Ostriches that are only found in Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe.
How to get to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve Uganda
Tourists on safaris to Uganda normally enjoy using roads for the reason that they have variety of scenery to see as they move to their safari destinations.
By road, From Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) via Jinja- Pallisa- Kumi- Pian Upe is about 7-8 hours covering a distance of about 402km.
From Kampala via Masindi- Apac- Pian Upe is about 8-9 hours covering a distance of about 500km.
From Mbale via the Moroto road, is about 3-4 hours with a distance of about 212km.
From Mbale using the Soroti road, it’s about 212km taking about 3-4 hours while its roughly 6hours from Kidepo Valley National Park.
By air, flights can be arranged from Entebbe International Airport to Kidepo the nearest airstrip. These chartered flights are arranged by companies like Aerolink. Scheduled flights to Kidepo airstrip as per the Aerolink schedule are planned on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flights normally take a duration of about 1-2 hours.
The tourists are then driven to Pian Upe from Kidepo airstrip to Pian Upe for a distance of about 315km. this normally takes about 5-6 hours.