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Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is located in Northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region. Pian Upe is the second-largest wildlife protected area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park.

Pain Upe's ecosystems are unspoiled and teeming with various animals and birds such as zebra, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, ostriches, and more.

While Poaching reduced the number of animals in Pian Upe during the 1970s and early 1980s, the park ecosystem has recovered and the ecosystem has recovered and it is now one of the less known favorites for people who want the expansive views, the animals, and no crowds.


While in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Game Drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Community Visits
  • Camping

When To Visit Pian Upe

Pian Upe can be visited at all times of the year, but the best time is during the dry months of November to March. The dry season makes it easy to find animals near the water.

Getting To Pian Upe

Pian Upe is located around 400 kilometers Northeast of Kampala and takes between 7 and 8 hours of driving - depending on the road taken.

While the drive is long, there are many optional attractions along the way, such as Jinja, Mbale, and Sipi Falls, which can help reduce the long drive to smaller drives.

Where To Stay

Pian Upe has limited infrastructure and larger groups need to book accommodation in advance since there is limited space within the game reserve.

Since Pian Upe is near Mbale and Soroti Town as well as Sipi Falls, there is a bigger selection of accommodation options in any of these places.