MOROTO TOWN AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Mount Moroto lies in the extreme east of Uganda and is the most accessible place to see some of the dry northeastern “specials”, many at the western edge of their rangers here in karamoja province. One of the chains of volcanoes along the Kenyan border that begins with Mount Elgon in the south and includes Mount kadam and Morungole, Moroto is a forest reserve protecting a range of habitats from arid thorn savanna to dry montane forest.
Although along hike is required to reach the higher areas excellent arid thorn savanna and rocky slope are accessible from the town at the foot the mountain.
Size : 483 km excluding surrounding areas
Elevation: 920-308m a.s.l.
Habitat: Dry Combretum and Acacia savanna, dry montane forest.
Status: Forest Reserve and public land
Timing: year round
Time required: 1-2days
Bird recorded : 225 species
Stone Partridge , Black-Headed Plover , White –bellied Go-away Bird, Jackson’s Horn bill, Hemprich’s Hornbill , Silverbird, Grey –headed and Pygmy Batises , Bristle-crowned and superb Starling , eastern Violet –backed sunbird , White headed Buffalo weaver , Purple Grenadier and straw-tailed whydah .
Please note that on your birding trip, you may need birding binoculars, an othinology book for better indentification of Uganda birds. We also encourage you to participate in efforts that encourage avian conservation of Uganda tourism.
Author: Sandra Nans