Ajai Game Reserve

Ajai Game Reserve is a wildlife reserve located in the western bank of the White Nile, approximately 40 km east of Arua Northern Region, dominated by a large island surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps and wooded savanna.

Before Ajai was gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1965, the Ajai Rhino Sanctuary was home to 60 of Uganda’s 80 remaining white rhino. The WWF funded an anti-poaching project there in 1962. In 2008 the Uganda Wildlife Authority privatized the operation of Ajai. The concession went to Uganda Wildlife Safaris Ltd, a hunting and photographic tour operator.

Ajai game reserve was established to protect the white rhinoceros which is now extinct in Uganda due to poaching. The reserve has grassy plain woodlands and swamp habitats. The reserve has no accommodation.

Animals living in the park include buffalo, bush buck, hartebeest, hippopotamus, warthog, water buck and a wide variety of bird species. This is one of the conserved areas where leopards are not difficult to see. It’s a great place to see Savannah and wood land birds