Tanzania Game Reserves

A safari is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife adventures and Tanzania is one of the best countries to experience the wildlife. With 38% of its land reserved as protected wildlife areas, Tanzania Safari offers a wide choice of Tanzania National Parks and Tanzania Game Reserves, all designed for different interests and travel preferences. Currently Tanzania destination has managed to preserve a total of thirty two (32) Game reserves.

Game Reserves are categories of wildlife protected areas which are declared for the purpose of conservation. Both consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife utilization are allowed after permit has been obtained from the Director of TAWA. No human activities are allowed, unless, with permit granted by the Director of TAWA.

Selous Game Reserve area was designated as a protected area by the German Governor Hermann von Wissmann since 1896 and it became a hunting reserve in 1905. This is the first Game Reserves in Tanzania and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 because of the diversity of its wildlife and its undisturbed nature. Selous Game Reserve covers more than 50,000 square km of area and it is the largest Game Reserve in Africa.

Other Famous And Attracting Tanzania Game Reserves Include;

  1. Gurumet Game Reserve,
  2. Maswa Game Reserve,
  3. Rungwa Game Reserve,
  4. Moyowosi Game Reserve,
  5. Kigosi Game Reserve
  6. Ugalla River Game Reserve,
  7. Muhesi Game Reserve,
  8. Kizigo Game Reserve,
  9. Rumanyika Game Reserve,
  10. Biharamulo Game Reserve,
  11. Ibanda Game Reserve,
  12. Usangu Game Reserve,
  13. Lukwati Game Reserve,
  14. Rukwa Game Reserve,
  15. Burigi Game Reserve,
  16. Luhira Game Reserve,
  17. Ikorongo Game Reserve,
  18. Uwanda Game Reserve,
  19. Mkungunero Game Reserve,
  20. Kijereshi Game Reserve,
  21. Pande Game Reserve.

More Information About The Best Game Reserves In Tanzania,

Selous Game Reserve:

Highlights

  • 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

Gurumeti Game Reserve

Highlights

  • 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

Highlights

  • A number of Rivers forming the main drainage course, which includes are Simiyu, Mbono, Semu 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

  1. Dry season, especially between October to mid December

Moyowosi Game Reserve

Highlights

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

What to do

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Honey gathering

When to go

  • Dry season, June to September

Brief Guide About Tanzania Game Reserves:

  1. Important Game Reserves Accessible To Non-Hunters

Selous (the northern blocks), Grumeti, Ikorongo and Maswa Game Reserve. These reserves are accessible and offer spectacular wildlife viewing and can be easily combined with visits to the parks.

  1. Other Important Protected Areas Accessible To Non-Hunters

Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Loliondo GCA, Makao GCA, Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Longido GCA (Sinya), Ndarakwai Conservancy, Lolkisale GCA, Burunge WMA and Lake Natron GCA. All of these areas are accessible with flights or by road which is why they have become important safari destinations.

  1. Game Reserves Almost Exclusively Used For Tourist Hunting

Ugalla, Kizigo, Muhesi, Moyowosi / Kigosi, Rungwa, Rukwa, Rumanyika, Ibanda, Burigi, Luafi, Usangu, Lukwati, Lukwika and Lumesule. These areas are remote and very difficult to reach unless you want to charter a private aircraft there and back. Road access can take several days, much of which is via poor roads.

Unless you are participating in a hunting safari (Yes – Tanzania allows this!), it is unlikely you will visit any of the places in the list immediately above although it can be arranged. Generally, hunting areas have a low density of wildlife compared to National Parks, but all offer true wilderness, far off the beaten track.

  1. Low Animal Density Has Two Main Causes

Firstly, these areas never had a high density of wildlife and hence were not categorized as National Parks.

Secondly, these are remote areas that cannot be easily protected due to their sheer size and remoteness. The limited funds available to patrol them doesn’t help. Poachers often operate in these areas with relative ease much of the year. This is especially true when the hunting season is closed (usually January 1 – June 30).

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To have at least four full days on game drives will give you enough time to see an incredible amount of wildlife. Tack on arrival and departure days, travel to and from the national parks and reserves, and we think the optimal time for your safari experience is 6-7 days.

So in general, Tanzania is more affordable while Kenya has a better travel infrastructure. … Kenya has the larger tourism infrastructure and has more lodges to accommodate globetrotters heading on an African safari, so the cost of a safari in Kenya will likely be less than one in Tanzania.

Tanzania has three safari circuits, and each one of them, in its own right, would make Tanzania a top wildlife destination. The popular Northern circuit with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater offers one of the best classical safaris in Africa, especially if timed with the annual wildebeest migration.

According to the Weather Channel, the best general months for an African safari are September, October, March or April, when temperatures aren’t so scorching-hot.