Wildlife Division: Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesa Game Reserve

Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesa Game Reserve

Rungwa Game reserve

Rungwa Game Reserve was gazetted in 1951 and covers an area of 9000 km2. It is situated in Manyoni Singida Region The reserve is composed of hills mixed with patches of forest along the streams and the Mpera River valley, which provide water in the dry season and becoming the best game viewing areas from July to November.  The Game Reserve Ecosystem extends to Ruaha National Park which is the second largest wildlife area in Tanzania after the Selous Game Reserve.

It is huge and wide spread reserve, covering large part of Central and West Tanzania and primarily covered with Miombo woodlands giving visitors access to some of the best big game viewing.

Itigi thicket is a unique vegetation type found only in two places in Africa. One is on the northern fringes of the Muhesi GR and this may the only place where it is protected.

The predominant wildlife species in Rungwa Game Reserve are: Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Eland, Sable, Nibble, Greater Kudu, Grysbok, Klipspringer, Oribi, Hartebeest, Liechtenstein, Impala, Zebra, Hippo, Crocodile and Bush pig.
The reserve provides the excellent habitation for lion and hyena. It is regarded to have largest concentration of bird species feeding themselves in Usangu valley.
        
The area can be accessed by air or bus from Usangu or Tabora and Mpanda

Kizigo Game Reserve

Kizigo Game Reserve was gazetted in 1982 and covers an area of 4000 km2. It is situated in Manyoni Singida Region. The reserve is contiguous to Muhesi Game Reserve and is part of Great Ruaha ecosystem. It is characterized by unique Itigi Thickets.
The reserve is covered by Miombo woodland, interspersed with open plains, rocky outcrops, scattered water holes, springs and riverine valleys.
Animals mainly found in this area are Eland, roan, lion, leopard, Liechtenstein hartebeest, greater kudu and sable.
The area is accessible by roads using Four wheel  cars and chartered light aircraft from Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

Muhesi Game Reserve

Muhesi Game Reserve was gazetted in 1994 and covers an area of 2000 km2. It is situated in Manyoni Singida Region. The reserve is contiguous to Kizigo Game Reserve and is part of Great Ruaha ecosystem
The reserve is covered by Miombo woodland, interspersed with open plains, rocky outcrops, scattered water holes, springs and riverine valleys.
Animals mainly found in this area are Eland, Roan, Lion, Leopard, Liechtenstein Hartebeest, Greater kudu and Sable. The area is accessible by roads using Four wheel cars and chartered light aircraft from Arusha and Dar es Salaam.