How many Game Reserves are there in Tanzania?

When you are enthusiastic about experiencing the greatest wildlife adventure, then you should think of planning a safari. Tanzania is one of the best destinations you can visit to experience a wide range of games. It is interesting to note that 38% of Tanzanian land is reserved for the protection of wildlife. It, therefore, means that when you visit Tanzania, you will have an opportunity to experience a wide range of game reserves and national parks. All the parks and reserves are designed in unique ways to serve different travel preferences and interests.

Talking about game reserves, we refer to categories of wildlife-protected areas that have been declared for the purpose of game conservation. This implies that both non-consumptive and consumptive wildlife utilization is permitted by obtaining a license from TAWA. Within the reserves, no human activities are allowed apart from the ones permitted by the director of TAWA. Currently, Tanzania’s destination has a total of thirty-two (32) game reserves. Here is a list of the top game reserves in Tanzania, and more information about them.


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This is the oldest of Tanzanian Game reserves. It was established in 1896 by the German governor Herman Von Wissmann. In 1982, this reserve was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its immense diversity of wildlife and undisturbed nature. This reserve has leopards and lions in large numbers, several bird species (over 440 known species), and more than 50% of the endangered African wild dogs. Other animals such as hyena, vervet monkeys, colobus, impala, hartebeest, baboon, kudu, crocodiles, hippo, sable, elephant, buffalo, and giraffes are found in Selous game reserve.

When you visit Selous game reserve, there are several activities you can engage in. However, the most common activities include walking safari, bird watching safari, boat safari on Rufiji River, and game viewing safari. If you are wondering about the best time, you can visit this game reserve, it is a period between July to October when most of the areas in the reserve are extremely attractive.


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This reserve is found along the Serengeti National Park’s North-western border, in the Northern Tanzania circuit. You can get there either by road or by air. When you decide to use the road, you will pass through Serengeti National Park Mugumu and Bunda townships and drive for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. On the other hand, when you opt to use air, you will travel from Arusha to Seronera and Forty Ikoma airstrip and take about one and a half hours. The best times for visiting this park are January to February and June to October. You will have an opportunity to see many animals since this reserve lies within the migration corridors.


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When you visit the Southwestern boundary of Serengeti National Park, you will find the Maswa Game reserve. You can reach the reserve by either traveling by road from Serengeti National Park using four-wheel drive cars or by air, using chartered aircraft. The best time to visit is during the dry season from October to mid-December. One of the most predominant activities you can engage in when you visit is hunting.


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If you are enthusiastic about watching animals such as crocodile, hippo, Greater waterbuck Sitatunga, Roan antelope, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Topi, and buffalo, then Moyowosi Game reserve is the perfect destination to visit. The birders are not left behind since there are unique bird species such as the Shoebill stock and wattled crane. This reserve is found in the western part of Tanzania at Kigoma Region. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from October to mid-December. The most common activities include hunting and bird watching among others.


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For anyone interested in visiting wetland ecosystems and floodplains, this is the best destination reserve. It is the largest in East Africa and has numerous mammals and bird species. Kigosi game reserve is found between Urambo District in Tabora region and Kahama District in Shinyanga region to Bukombe. You can get there either through chartered aircraft trips or by road using four-wheel-drive cars. Preferably, you should visit during the dry seasons from June to September.


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Having talked about 5 major game reserves in Tanzania, it is essential to give you a list of other minor reserves. They include Ugalla River, Muhesi, Kizigo, Rumanyika, Biharamulo, Ibanda, Usangu, Likwati, Rukwa, Burigi, Luhira, Ikorongo, Uwanda, Mkungunero, Kijereshi and Pande. All these reserves have abundant wildlife and breathtaking nature that will ensure your safari is full of great experiences. Indeed, Tanzania offers you the best trip packages whenever you visit.

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