Uganda’s Ajai Game Reserve
Ajai game reserve , Unlike the other Game Reserves, Ajai Game Reserve / Ajai wildlife reserve is located North-West of Uganda in a district called Arua. The terrain elevation of the game reserve is claimed to be 658 meters above sea level. As per history, Ajai Game Reserve was put under the personal watch and protection of a local powerful leader by then named Ajai in the year 1937. Up to 1980, the game reserve has protected one of the less remaining populations of White Rhinos in Uganda, that are now extinct in this reserve. Several plans to reintroduce the Rhino in the country are underway and head by the Ugandan Government & Rhino Fund.
Ajai Game Reserve is made up of plains of grasses, a couple of wood lands and swamps. It is a bit hard to access because of the poor road that leads to it but is very accessible by road from Gulu. Apparently, there is no accommodation available at the reserve. Tourist who visit Ajai Game Reserve either connect to Murchison Falls National Park or Gulu Town for an overnight.
This game reserve was established to protect the white rhinos which are very few in numbers here in Uganda due to poaching. Several animals live along in the park with the white rhinoceros. These animals include the Uganda Kob, Common Duiker, Olive baboon, Black & White Colobus, bush-buck, buffalo, hartebeest, warthog, hippopotamuses, waterbucks and a large species of bird. Ajai Game reserve is also a great spot for birding tours.
Ajai Game reserve lies on the west bank of the Albert Nile and is covered grass land. It’s climate is tropical. and mainly receives heavy rain in the months of April, May, October and November. Reaching Ajai game reserve takes approximately 6 and 1/2 hours by road from Kampala and a few minutes by flight in case a tourist opts for a flight from Kampala to Arua.