The Karamoja region positioned in the North Eastern part of Uganda has for long been characterized by high levels of under development and seclusion as a result of insecurity, illiteracy and poor infrastructure which had accounted for low levels of Uganda safari tours to the area. Being an agro-pastoralist area, the Karamajong are predominantly nomadic herders though the wave of transformation has started to hit the area. The Karimojong area receives rain in late march and early April and the dry season in well felt in the months of late September on wards.
Regarding tourism, the region of Karamoja has got great potential to attract world travellers to undertake safaris to Uganda. For example, it is a home to the virgin wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park which was of recent listed as the third best [park in Africa with counts off lions, zebras, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, cheetahs, and elands among other wild game along with 475 species of birds of which 56 are birds of prey.
Apart from Kidepo National Park, there are other game reserves like Pian Upe and Matheniko – Bokora which also have good counts of wildlife presenting alternative and diverse experiences for travellers on Uganda safaris visiting the region.
Holding the living nature aside, the Karamoja region is a rich hub of archeological attractions. The curtain was raised in 2011 when an ancient primate fossil skull of about 20 million years with tree climbing disposition was discovered in Napak Mountain in the District of Napak. The research head Dr. Martin Pickford who is a famous paleontologist from the Paris’s Collège de France noted that that the discovery was inspired by additional efforts of researchers for over 25 years and this discovery is apparently seen as a new limelight in the evolutionary history. This discovery lured various world scientists to undertake safari to Uganda to gain more depth of such landscapes.
The maiden landscapes of Karamoja are an attraction in themselves. The impressive rocks like Napak Rock in the district of Napak, Kadam rock in the district of Nakapiripirit and Mount Moroto offer impressive scenic views to visitors on safari in Uganda.
It was in 2010, when another remarkable attraction made its way to the Karamoja region’s basket of encounters. The rock paintings were discovered in the hills of Kobebe in the district of Moroto, Loteleit rock, Nakapeliet rock, Nakadanya rock and Mogoth rock where the images depicting animals and people grazing while carrying their arrows and bows appearing in reddish color appear. The researchers claim that such kind of art belonged to the Cushitic tribes who might have extended to the region of Karamoja approximately 3,000 years ago. This encounter was made by the experts from the Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities particularly from the Department of Antiques, Museums and Monuments in conjunction with the University of Toscana and Florence in Italy. The discovery of these paintings can be seen as a new dawn in the tourism attraction in the Karamoja region that would impress the counts of travellers that undertake Uganda safaris and tours. The paintings can be seen as way how tourists can connect with the Uganda’s past.
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