Game Reserves

The destination Tanzania has a total of thirty two [32] Game Reserves which became a hunting reserves since 1905.

  • With unique attractions to includes abundance Birds species,
  • Over 440 known species of birds,
  • Many wildlife [mammals] to include Lions and Leopard are in large numbers, endangered African wild dog and other wild mammals like buffalo, elephant, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, colobus and vervet monkeys, the Tanzanian game reserves provides unforgettable experience in:-
    • Hunting
    • Bird watching safari
    • Walking safari
    • Fishing, and
    • Honey gathering.


More information about respective Game reserve areas in Tanzania, please access the below links.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve covers more than 50,000 square km of area is the largest Game Reserve in Tanzania and Africa. Selous reserve was named after the Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. The attractions in Selous Game reserve includes:-

  • Abundance Birds species, over 440 known species of birds
  • Lions and Leopard are in large numbers
  • Over 50% of the endangered African wild dog and other wild mammals like buffalo, elephant, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, colobus and vervet monkeys

Location

Selous Game Reserve is located in the Southeast of Tanzania about 450 km (285 miles) Southwest of Dar es Salaam city.

Getting There

  • By road: Accessible by road only during the dry season
  • By air: Scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam
  • Railway line: Via Tanzania Zambia railway line (TAZARA)

What to do

  • Game viewing safari
  • Boat safari on Rufiji River
  • Bird watching safari
  • Walking safari

When to go

  • Best time – July to October
  • Throughout the year is very attracting in specific areas of the park

Gurumet Game Reserve

Established in 1994 with an area of 2,000 square kms, Grumeti Game Reserve forms part of larger Serengeti Maasai Mara ecosystem, where by the annual wildebeest migration do take place between July and October yearly. The attractions in Gurumet Game reserve includes:-

  • Buffer zones for animals to come across for the purpose of searching water
  • Migration corridors for easy movement of huge herds of wildebeest and zebra

Location

Grumeti game reserve is located along the North-western border of the Serengeti National park in the Northern circuit of Tanzania.

Getting There

  • By road from Serengeti National Park, Bunda and Mugumu townships approximately 1 hr 45 minutes drive
  • By air from Arusha to Seronera and Forty Ikoma Airstrip (Approximately 1hr 30min flight).

What to do

  • Hunting

When to go

  • June to October and January to February

Maswa Game Reserve

Maswa Game Reserve in the Northern circuit was established in 1962 and it covers an area of 2,200 square km. Maswa game reserve borders the worlds famous national park, the Serengeti National Park from where its attracts wild animals from the park during dry season. The attractions in Maswa Game reserve includes:-

  • A number of Rivers forming the main drainage course, which includes are Simce, Mbono, Sami and Kuna
  • Attractive yellow barked acacia and wild fig trees
  • Impressive populations of buffalo, lion, roan antelope, Cokes hartebeest, impala, Thomson gazelle and leopard

Location

Located along the south-western boundary of the Serengeti National park

Getting There

  • By road using four wheel drive cars from Serengeti National Park
  • By air via chartered aircrafts

What to do

  • Hunting

When to go

  • Dry season, especially between October to mid December

Moyowosi Game Reserve

Moyowosi Game Reserve lies on the edge of the great central plateau between the East and Western Rift Valley arms was established in 1981 and it covers an area of about 6,000 Sq Kms of land. The Moyowosi Game Reserve attractions includes:-

  • Large populations of buffalo, Topi, Lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Hartebeest, Roan antelope, Greater kudu Waterbuck Sitatunga, Hippo and the Crocodile
  • Bird species to include wattled crane and Shoebill stock

Location

Located in Kigoma Region, in the western part of Tanzania [Western Circuit of Tanzania tourism].

Getting There

  • By road using four wheels drive car from Kigoma town
  • By chartered flight aircraft and scheduled flight
  • By central railway line from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

What to do

  • Hunting
  • Bird watching

When to go

  • Dry season, especially between October to mid December

Kigosi Game Reserve

Established in 1983, Kigosi Game Reserve is the third Game Reserve in Tanzania after the Selous and Rungwa Game Reserve and covers an area equivalent to 7,000 square km. The attractions includes:-

  • the largest floodplain and wetland ecosystem in East African reserves
  • Species of Birds and wild mammals

Location

Located between Bukombe and Kahama Districts in Shinyanga Region up to Urambo District in Tabora Region [Western Circuit of Tanzania Tourism].

Getting There

  • By road using four wheel drive cars
  • By air via chartered aircrafts

What to do

  • Hunting

When to go

  • Dry season, June to September

Ugalla River Game Reserve

Ugalla Game Reserve is among the key Tanzania's unique protected areas as it is a licensed reserve area allowing honey gatherers and fishermen to harvesting honey and fish for just six months in a year. With a land area of about 5,000 square kms was established as a protected area in 1965. Key attractions include the following:-

  • Ugalla River which runs through the middle of the park
  • Abundance of wild animals found in the area like Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant sable, Lion, Topi, Roan, Wild dog, and Greater kudu.

Location

Located in the central-western part of Tanzania, in the eastern part of Lake Tanganyika [Western Circuit of Tanzania Tourism].

Getting There

  • By road using four wheel drive cars
  • By air via chartered aircrafts

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What to do

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Honey gathering

When to go

  • Dry season, June to September