Explore Karamoja Wildlife and Cultural Tour : The Karamoja plains tour is a perfect tour for all travelers yearning to enjoy the rural African village life as well as wildlife. Well, Karamoja is known as a semi –arid region found in northeast Uganda bordered by the South Sudan to the north and Turkan county in northern Kenya to the east. More so, the area is inhabited by several Nilotic speaking tribes of nomadic cattle warriors and bushmen.

These tribes are collectively known as the Karamojong and are made up of three main 4 ethnicities including; the Dodoso, Jie and Karamojong, the letter of that subdivides into a number of sections, including; the Bokora, Matheniko and Pian. More fact, the karamoja plains tour offers high chance of enjoying their unique cultural and adventure tourism. During your visit, you can enjoy mountain biking or motorcycling along ancient cattle routes, hiking dry volcanic mountains including Mount Moroto and Mount Morungole, visiting artisanal gold mines, Karamoja arts and craft markets and hot springs.

You can choose to do a wildlife safari in Kidepo Valley national park or Pian Upe wildlife reserve –are home to endangered species including cheetahs, striped hyena, black-backed jackals, Ostrich, which are very rare to be seen elsewhere in Uganda – thus worth a visit this Karamoja region.

Unlike the rest of Uganda, the Karamojong have maintained their ancient semi nomadic ways of life. Karamoja region sounds as one of the best rural tourism destination in Uganda.  The tribes living in this region are known as Nilotic speaking and for centuries. The Karamojong nomads are known as cattle keepers, goats and sheep across the semiarid savanna grasslands. During you visit, you will enjoy great encounter of their original rural African settlements. The largest Karamojong village and Nakapelimori   which is found in the Kotido district. You can visit it on the way to Kidepo Valley National Park. Karamojong is also home to the Jie people, who are also found in South Sudan.

Visit Mount Moroto – Hiking Adventure

The fact about mount Moroto act as the highest mountain in Karamoja, measuring 3,083meter looms above the semiarid plains and provided the perfect camping and hiking for starters. It is found in Moroto district with the largest town in the region at the base of the volcano. Moroko town lies about 460 kilometers ‘’8hours drive’’ north east of Kampala capital city, 175 kilometers’’3-hour drive’’ north of Kapchorwa and Sipi falls on the northern slopes of Mount Elgon and 240 ‘’5-hour drive’’ south of Kidepo Valley National Park.

Therefore, Moroto town serves as a central point upon which to explore the Karamoja regions. You can opt to adventure into roundtrips from there ranging from 1 to 4 or 6 days depending on places selected.

Hiking Mount Moroto offers a gainful view of the Karamoja plateau and begins in the town. You can   choose a numbery of days or multiple day hikes for those interested in accessing the two peaks such as Sokodek and Imagit.

Explore Karamoja Wildlife and Cultural Tour
Explore Karamoja Wildlife and Cultural Tour

Visit the Historic Nomad Cattle Trails

The Karamojong nomads have over the years established historic cattle ancient routes. Not only in the outskirt of Uganda but also in other African countries including Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Although, they face challenges of food insecurity and lack of green water and pastures due to the severe drought and climate change. More to that, Karamoja people are unable to move their livestock as they used to   be in the past years given that same as their ancestral have been cut off by protected areas, and development.

The government of Uganda has played a great role through developing the region by built valley dams and supports them to adapt to climate smart agriculture. Though, the Karamojong people are good at preserving their traditions.

Tourism here has helped a lot in creation of nomad warrior trail providing chances for biking through the Karamoja plains. Security has also been enhanced to curtail armed cattle rustlers thus making way for travelers to travel from Uganda to Turkana County in Kenya by bike, Motorcycle and car.

Traditional Homesteads

Karamojong is once referred to have various semi-nomadic tribes including; the Jie, Tepeth ‘’Soo’’, IK, Taposa, Dodoso, Pian, Matheniko, Karamojong, Bokora many more. Visitor are much interested in visiting the Soo and IK ‘’who live on the slopes of Moroto and Murongule mountain ranges’’. Originally hunter gatherers but are now adopting a gro- pastoralism, which demands exchange from livestock to crop cultivation – due to severe drought conditions.

They live in protective homesteads locally known as Manyattas, which means Kraal in Kenya. More so, Karamojong’s Manyattas are some of the thrilling rural tourism villages in Sub Saharan Africa. Accommodations have been set up right there to cater for visitor’s stay under th skies with the warriors. They include; eco camps on the slopes of Mount Morungole, Time forest and the Karamoja safari camp in Moroto town.

During their time of stay in Karamojong region – you can learn more about their ways of life like how they prepare food, music and drama. You can go visit their cattle kraals to witness their traditions like drinking raw cattle blood. Or Visit the local markets in Moroto town during the day where you can have high chances to interact with residents who are full of life and enthusiasm. You will meet up with different ethnic backgrounds gather at a single market place and you expect to learn more about their culture. You can buy souvenirs to take back home for your beloved ones. You can learn how to make crafts like pottery, carpentry and sewing.

You can choose to go visit Kidepo Valley National Park known as unmatched home to diversity of wildlife species with over 77 mammal species and over450 birds. Animals like lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, Jackson’s hartebeests and plains zebras among others.

Get started now planning for a memorable safari in the northeastern region of Uganda.

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