Top 5 largest Tanzania’s Game Reserve

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Tanzania is one of the best countries to experience a walk on the wild side. 

Home to all of Africa’s big five and the Great Migration, renowned as the greatest show on earth.

Tanzania offers a wide choice of national parks and game reserves, all designed for different interests and travel preferences.

To help you plan your safari holiday, I’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the top largest Tanzania’s game reserve.  

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game reserve is one of the major tourist attractions in Tanzania and is considered the largest wildlife reserve in the world with a total area of approximately 54,600 sq km.

Selous is also one of the only game hunting destinations in Tanzania where you can have a wonderful trophy hunting experience. 

Selous features a diverse topography of rocky outcrops, dense woodlands, and open plains which form an ideal breeding ground for the wildlife inhabiting this reserve.

The animals include elephants, cheetahs, and giraffes. 

You’ll also find crocodiles and hippos in the lakes and Rufiji River. 

There are a variety of things to do in Selous such as game drives, walking safaris, and boat safaris.

Maswa Game Reserve

Located along the southwestern boundary of the Serengeti National Park Maswa has several rivers forming the main drainage course.

With attractive yellow-barked acacia and wild fig tree, there are impressive populations of buffalo, lion antelopes, hartebeest, impala, gazelle, and leopard.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro conservation area is one of the most extraordinary destinations on the continent.

Located in the Crater Highlands of northern Tanzania, the conservation area is one of the country’s most famous safari hotspots and home to a remarkable abundance and diversity of wildlife.

And the conservation area protects Tanzania’s last remaining population of the endangered black rhino.

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s largest and most iconic national park, the Serengeti National Park is one of the best places in Africa for wildlife viewing.

It’s home to one of the world’s seven wonders and a bucket list destination for many travelers and safari enthusiasts.

Located in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti is one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet, stretching to the Masai Mara in Kenya 8 things to know before you visit the Maasai Mara to form the mighty Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. 

Home to all of Africa’s Big Five, the Serengeti is a wildlife lover’s dream, with the chance to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos, along with giraffes, zebra, cheetah, spotted hyenas, and others.

It’s a haven for bird watchers, with over 500 species of bird.

Kigosi Game Reserve

The largest floodplain and wetland ecosystem in East African reserves with species of birds and wild mammals.

Located between bukombe and kahama districts in shinyanga region.

Tarangire National Park

Get off the main safari circuit and head to the quieter Tarangire National Park, renowned for its incredible concentrations of wildlife, and stunning natural scenery.

Located in the Manyara region of northern Tanzania, less than two hours from Arusha.

Many people either skip Tarangire altogether or only visit the park for a quick morning or afternoon game drive.

Moyowosi Game reserve

Located in the Kigoma region, in the Western part of Tanzania Moyowosi has large populations of buffalo, topi, lion, giraffe, zebra, antelope Hippo, and crocodile.

With also bird species like wattled crane and shoebill stock.

Arusha National Park

Located just outside Arusha, Arusha National Park is small, yet rich in wildlife, and can be accessed with an easy day trip from the city Centre.

It’s one of the country’s most exciting parks and with plenty of activities such as game drives, canoe safaris, and bush camping.


With other parks and reserves plus home to a lot of historical culture, it is no coincidence that Tanzania is a Tourist sector.




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