Established Gazetted in 1964 to ensure freedom of movement for the game during migration between the Matheniko plains and Pian-Upe Game Reserve.

The reserve was originally part of Central and South Karamoja Controlled Hunting Areas.

Geographical Location

In eastern Uganda between Moroto and Mount Elgon, between Matheniko Game Reserve and Pian-Upe Game Reserve, along the south-western boundary of the Karamoja region. 2”07′-2”45’N, 33°50′-34°50’E. Altitude 1,000-2, 100m Area 205,600ha; contiguous to Pian-Upe Game Reserve (228,710ha) and Matheniko Game Reserve (158,650ha). Flanked on remaining sides by four Controlled Hunting Areas totaling over 2,000,000 ha, which are contiguous to four other Controlled Hunting Areas and Kidepo Valley National Park (134,400ha).

Public Physical Features

The reserve is a plateau with a few inselbergs, typical of the southern Karamoja region. The climate is relatively dry.


The wooded grassland savanna on marginal land is of little or no use for agriculture or settlement.


A wide variety of antelopes (but not in high numbers) includes eland Taurotragus oryx, Uganda kob Kobus kob thomasi, reedbuck Redunca redunca, mountain reedbuck Redunca fulwrufula, topi Damaliscus lunatus, hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus jacksoni, and oribi Ourebia ourebi aequatoria. Other mammals include: spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta, leopard Panthera pardus (T)

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