Bokora Coriddor Game Reserve
Also known as Bokora Corridor Game reserve, Bokora Wildlife Reserve is the second wildlife reserve in Uganda. It covers an area of 794 square miles in northeastern Uganda. Bokora wildlife reserve was gazzeted in 1964 and made part of the large Karamoja wildlife conservation region which also consists of Matheniko game reserve and Pian Upe wildlife reserve. The three game reserves in the region were named after the ethnic group that lives close to it, for example the Bokora live near Bokora wildlife reserve, the Matheniko live close to Matheniko wildlife reserve and the Pian and the Upe live close to Pian Upe wildlife reserve.
Bokora wildlife reserve is mainly covered by savannah grasslands and then shrubs, bushes and short trees. The reserve also has swamps like Loporokocho swamp. The northern side of the reserve hosts two moiuntains; Kadam and Napak. The scenery of the entire reserve is beautiful.
Wildlife in Bokora Wildlife reserve
The vegetation in Bokora wildlife reserve is mainly dry and hard because of the semi-arid conditions of the area. The trees and grass in the reserve and the region survive there because they have adaptations that make them stand during the long dry weather conditions. Bokora corridor game reserve is a habitat for a wide variety of animals including buffaloes, elands, gazelles, lesser kudu, Oribi, Roan antelopes, Uganda kobs, Reedbuck, zebra, Hartebeest, Topi, Bright’s gazelle, the Rothschild’s giraffes, spotted hyenas, stripped hyena, cheetah, lions and leopards and many others.
There is a range of bird species in different points of the reserve. Bird lovers get remarkable birding tours after seeing birds such as ostriches, Dusky Turtle, the Thick-billed Honey, Jackson’s hornbill, Eastern bronze pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, White-headed Buffalo weaver, African hill babbler, Black-throated wattle-eye, Grey-cuckoo shrike, Lemon dove, the Alpine chat, the Mountain yellow wabbler and many others. Loporokocho swamp is one of the best bird watching sites in Bokora Wildlife reserve.
Things to do at Bokora Wildlife reserve
The major activities done at the reserve include;
Bokora Wildlife reserve has mainly open grasslands that offers clear and spectacular views of vast areas around the reserve. The combination of the vegetation and the weather are perfect for game drives. You can clearly see your sightings such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas and other animals like the antelopes.
Bokora wildlife reserve has a wonderful range of bird species. It is home to the world’s largest bird “the ostrich”. Ostriches are the common and popular birds in Bokora game reserve because the conditions are ideal for them. They can survive in dry weather conditions. The open plains help the ostriches to see predators that want to prey on them as well as animals that want to feed on their eggs.
Visiting the Karamajong
When planning to visit Bokora Wildlife Reserve, endeavor not to miss meeting the Karamajong people who live in this region. They are one of the ethnic groups that have kept their culture original by failing to embrace modernity. The Karamajong are nomadic pastoralists who depend on their cows for milk, meat, blood, hides and manure. They are great entertainers who dance and sing for visitors and their traditional dance involves jumping high in the air.
Accommodation in Bokora wildlife reserve
The reserve doesn’t have standard accommodations. The best option there is camping and good news is that camping is enjoyable and rewarding as the tents are set in areas where you can watch the animals and other features. Those who don’t want to camp can stay in hotels in Kotido and Moroto towns.
Best time to visit Bokora wildlife reserve
Bokora Corridor Game Reserve can be visited any time of the year but the dry season is the best because it is easy to access most areas. There are two dry seasons; from December to February and from June to September. The region experiences the rainy season from March to May and October to November. It may become quite hard to maneuver through some roads at the destination during the rainy season because they become slippery. However, during the driest months of January and February, it gets very hot that it may be unbearable. Temperatures rise over 350 C.
The transport infrastructure to and in Bokora Wildlife Reserve is poor, roads are not good which makes them impassable during the rainy season. Accommodation as well needs to be considered in this place so that visitors who wish to enjoy typical wilderness in Uganda have a range of places to visit with convenience.