Karuma Wildlife Reserve is situated in Kiryandongo district in the western part of Uganda. The roaring Karuma waterfalls make this spectacular wildlife reserve an outstanding place for a visit. The fascinating waterfalls are situated not far from Murchison falls national park, Uganda’s largest and oldest national park along the eastern edge of the national park and only one hour’s drive from Gulu district. This wildlife reserve is located within the Murchison conservation area that consists of the Murchison falls national park, the Budongo forest reserve, the Kaniyo-pabidi forest and the Bugungu wildlife reserve.
The Karuma Wildlife Reserve is one of the most interesting places you can visit for a wildlife safari with the interesting wildlife species such as the Uganda kobs, lions, the rothschild’s giraffes the vervet monkeys, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, the olive baboons, the black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest’S monkeys, topis, the hippos, the oribis that call reserve their home.
Besides the wildlife and bird species with in the wildlife reserve, it is widely known for the roaring Karuma falls on the Victoria Nile and is perfect for sightseeing. This waterfalls is not very far from the powerful Murchison falls, hence can enjoy two of the greatest waterfalls in Uganda while on a safari.
There is a local legend that the rocks that from these waterfalls were contrived by a powerful traditional spirit called “Karuma”. It is from it that the water received their name. Karuma wildlife reserve extends over an area of 820 square kilometers/317 square miles and was established into a wildlife reserve in 1964. Initially, it was established to act as a buffer zone between the Murchison falls national park and the surrounding villages in addition to other un-conserved areas.