Bokora corridor Game reserve is situated in North-eastern Uganda. This protected area was gazetted in 1964 and covers an area of 2056 square Kilometers of mainly dry plains spanning from the Kadam Mountain to Mount Napak on its Northern side. Bokora corridor is one of the numerous wildlife reserves found within the borders of Uganda and is part of the assortment of wildlife reserves in the great Karamoja sub-region. This Wildlife reserve is a real wildlife hot spot for travellers who would wish to go for the Uganda wildlife safaris in Northern Uganda. However, the poor condition of roads makes it very difficult to access it especially during the rainy season, and hence the best time to visit is the dry season.
There are a range of animals to see in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Game Reserve. The notable species include leopards, the Topis, the Elands, the Oribis, the lesser kudu, Buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, Roan antelopes, Uganda Kobs, the Bright’s gazelles, hartebeests, the spotted hyenas, the Uganda Kobs and Reedbucks.
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is also home to several birds. Most of the bird species in the reserve are found within the swamps. Loporokocho swamp in the reserve is a perfect area for birding tours in Uganda. Several species can be seen such as the Dusky Turtle Dove, the African Hill Babbler, the Thick-billed Honeyguide, the Alpine Chat, the Jackson’s Hornbill, the Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon, the Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, the Mountain Yellow Warbler, the Black-throated Wattle-eye, the Lemon Dove, the White-headed Buffalo-weaver and the Ostrich.
There are good swamps for birding in this area like Loporokocho swamp, the species of bird in this swamp are rare and difficult to spot anywhere else. These include the ostriches, Dusky Turtle Dove, the African Hill Babbler, the Thick-billed Honeyguide, the Alpine Chat, the Jackson’s Hornbill, the Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon, the Grey Cuckoo-shrike and the Hartlaub’s Turaco.
Bokora corridor wildlife reserve is one of the best places to engage in game drives in the county, tourists can go for game drives and see animals such as the Roth child’s giraffe, leopards, Topis, lions, roan antelopes, gazelles, striped hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Oribis, buffalos, elands, gazelles, zebras, spotted hyenas, Reed bucks, Oryx, cheetahs and lesser kudu among the rest.
Tourists visiting Bokora corridor wildlife reserve can also visit the people, the Karamojong people are a nomadic group of people that have very unique ways of living and outstanding cultural values. Tourists can engage in the day to day activities with the Karamojong like grazing cattle, milking and many more things to learn about the Karamojong.
The fact that there is no safari accommodation within the Park, Camping would be a perfect idea because you will get to camp within the Wilderness with the Wildlife. However, there are plans by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to establish some Uganda safari Lodges within the Wildlife Reserve.
Bokora game reserve is accessible all year round, but the dry season (from June to September and December to February) is the most perfect for Uganda safaris in the reserve. The Murrum roads are in poor condition hence makes it accessed in the wet season (April, May, and November). During the wet season, getting to the reserve will get harder and will require tourists to travel with four-wheel drive vehicles.
The reserve is roughly 7 hours’ drive (424.9 km) via Mbale – Soroti Rd/Soroti – Mbale Rd
It is 8 hours’ drive (508.6 km) via Kampala – Gulu Hwy