Ajai Game Reserve is a wildlife reserve found in Arua District in Northern Uganda. The reserve is at an elevation of 658 meters above sea level.
The reserve is characterised by grassy plain, forests and wetlands environments. The reserve was established to safeguard the white rhinoceros which are now nonexistent in Uganda as a result of poaching. Wild animals existing in the park comprise of buffaloes, hartebeests, bush-bucks, warthogs, hippopotamuses and water bucks. Others are the Uganda Kob, Common Duiker, Black & White Colobus, Olive baboon, Vervet Monkey, Leopard, Oribi, Sitatunga, Crocodiles and python snake are commonly seen plus a multiplicity of bird species.
Found on the west bank of the Albert Nile, the Ajai Game Reserve was initially put under the private protection of the influential local chief called Ajai in 1937. Until year later in 1980, the reserve protected one of the few remaining populations of White Rhinos. The Uganda government has plans to reintroduce the Rhino.
Prior to being accorded a wildlife reserve status in 1965, the Ajai Rhino Sanctuary was habitat to 60 of Uganda’s 80 remaining white rhino then.
In 2002, 12 square kilometres were sliced off the reserve to create space for people to settle on.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority privatised the operation of Ajai in 2008 and this concession was given to a photographic and hunting tour operator.
Accessing Ajai Wildlife Reserve
It will between 6 to 8 hour from Kampala and about 50 minutes from Kampala /Entebbe to Arua airport, from where you will be picked to access the reserve by road.