Matheniko Wildlife Reserve amazing safari in Uganda
Matheniko Wildlife Reserve is a conservation area in the northeastern uganda in karamoja subregion moroto district , it covers an area of 1520 sq km ( 590 sq mi ) , The reserve’s northeastern border is also the Kenya-Uganda border and close to mountain ELgon, The reserve is part of the wider Karamoja wildlife protection zone including Bokora, Pianupe and the Vast Kidepo valley National park, it has its own rocks that stretch up to about 6.000 feet. Matheniko wildlife reserve stands out for its beautiful landscape, unique vegetation, rocky outcrops and mountains. The area has sem-desert conditions experiencing rain between the months of April ,May and November, Unfortunately despite those amazing features Matheniko wildlife reserve is less visited just like its neighbor Kidepo Valley National Park and this is because the area has been ignored by different government regimes because most influential Ugandans come from different areas of the country hence remoteness and poor infrastructure. Recent discovery of Gold in Matheniko county has helped put focus on the area and its wildlife. Matheniko Wildlife Reserve has a number of wildlife species but it only harbors mammals that can survive long without water and also harbors rare species like Cheetahs, civets, leopards, jackals, serval cats, Wild cats, hyenas. The reserve is also home to primates including patas monkeys, baboons and vervet monkeys. The reserve is mostly occupied by antelopes like eland, dik-dik, Mountain reedbuck, Uganda kob, Roan Antelope, Oribi, Topi, Duikers e.t.c. and Cape Buffalo. Reptiles at Matheniko Wildlife Reserve include geckos, skinks, large monitor lizards, large rock pythons, water snakes among others, Like many places in Uganda Matheniko is a birder’s paradise like ostrich, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, African hill barber, Black-headed plover, Cattle egret, Lemon dove, Pygmy Falcon, thick-billed honey among others. The reserve is open all year round and welcomes visitors though the best time to visit is when the wet season has just ended after the rains have just stopped because now the vegetation is still green and the heat is barer-able. Matheniko Wildlife is managed and protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority
Activities at Matheniko Wildlife Reserve
Game drives, Mountain and rock climbing, Cultural visits, Visiting the rock painting, camping,
Accommodation : There are no luxury lodges within the reserve but there is a campsite where one can spend a night and prepare their own meal, But for those who want to sleep in more comfortable larger hotels can sleep in the nearby towns of moroto and kotido town.
Note: Traveler can choose to do a combined trip with other outstanding amazing tourist destinations.