Matheniko Game Reserve is also known as Matheniko Wildlife Reserve. Situated in the conservation area of the Karamoja subregion of northeastern Uganda, Matheniko Wildlife Reserve appears to be the 5th of the most-threatened wildlife conservation protected area in Uganda.


Matheniko Game Reserve is a portion of the corridor of protected areas in the Karamoja subregion that stretches all the way from Kidepo National Park down through Bokora & Pian Upe Wildlife Reserves. North-East to Matheniko Game Reserve is the Uganda – Kenya border. This Game reserve is situated in the famous Somali – Masai environment of semi-desert grassland with part of it being shrubland. The average rainfall that falls in the Reserve each year is estimated to be 670 mltrs with much rain falling in the months of April, May and also in November.

This game reserve currently harbors a few species of wildlife though it’s not so busy compared to the rest.

The Game reserve has a nice specie of vegetation despite it’s location. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has put a lot of emphasis on developing the tourism infrastructure of the game reserve in the past years. A few years ago, bidders were sought in a campaign to raise funds for constructing an accommodation facility at the Game Reserve.