Enjoy a visit to the Karamojong Manyatta while on a safari to Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in Karamoja and is one of Uganda’s major parks. It has eye-rousing savannah tree stretches and landscapes that run afar and into the horizon. It is home to 500 plus bird species. This semi-desert park is also home to over 80 mammal species.
On your game drive you are likely to see the black-backed jackal and side-striped jackals, bat-eared foxes, lions, giraffes, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, Ostriches (only in this park) and over 500 bird species. You can also go hiking on Mt Molungole.
Karamojong tribe community experience
The Karamojong are known as fierce warrior pastoralists found in the north eastern Uganda bordering Southern Sudan and Kenya. The region is was rarely visited, although recently with the peaceful situation and infrastructure development, the area is welcoming guests in earnest.
The Karamojong or Karimojong are an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in the north-east of Uganda. Their language is also known as Karamojong or iKarimojong, and is part of the Nilo-Saharan language group.
The name Karamojong derived from phrase “ekar ngimojong”, meaning “the old men can walk no farther”. According to tradition, the peoples now known as the Karamojong migrated from Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia).
Karamojongs were previously considered to be unfriendly people with rude behaviors because of their way of life.They used to move with guns while rearing the cows in the plains so as to protect their cows from thieves and they would not hesitate to shoot the cattle raider.
However, today the region is peaceful,thanks to other stakeholders and government efforts of disarming them