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Friday, 29 November 2013

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 area can be accessed by air or bus from Usangu or Tabora and Mpanda

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. 

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