Wildlife Division: Burigi Game Reserve

Burigi Game Reserve

The Reserve was gazetted in 1972 and covers an area of 2,200 km2. It is situated in Kagera region in the North Western part of Tanzania

It derives its name from Lake Burigi, which is fresh water lake and a major water source in the reserve. The reserve is permanently watered and able to support year around resident population of animals

Temperature in the reserve ranges from 16 – 28oC. Annual average rainfall varies from 700mm to 1000mm.Two rainfall peaks occur in November to December and March to April with a dry period from June to September. Dry season is the best time to visit the reserve.

Topographically the reserve is characterized by valleys, rolling hills, rocky outcrops and cliffs.
The large part of the reserve is Swampy vegetation surrounded by riverine forest and papyrus beds with some relict forest.

This habitat supports variety of wild animals and birds such as, impala, eland, hippopotamus, waterbucks, elephants, sable, roan antelope Sitatunga, shoebill storks, Cattle egrets and Fish eagle