Maswa Game Reserve – A true Wilderness
Ask a knowledgeable safari specialist where to visit in Tanzania and Maswa Game Reserve will likely come up. Maswa is an extraordinarily beautiful area. There are wide open plains along the edge of the Serengeti. Rolling hills with thickets and rock kopjes are interspersed with seasonally dry rivers with permanent water holes. And, of course, there is plenty and varied wildlife including big game including high densities of lion and leopard.
Originally a hunting concession, the reserve is gradually converting to a multi-use area. The safari operator in this area, has since the 1980’s done an exceptional job keeping poachers away. Wildlife populations have increased dramatically. The area is one of the most valuable buffer zones for Serengeti National Park.
The hunting business is complex and expensive for those few who seek the luxury of hunting. In recent years, there has been a push away from hunting towards development of non-hunting tourism in viable areas. Maswa Game Reserve is a superb destination and there is every sign that the non-hunters are going to win if policies can be kept stable.
The Reserve offers a few top quality tented camps. Visitors are assured of undisturbed access to several thousand square kilometers of bush to themselves. Here they can conduct game drives, walks, night drives almost any other bush-related activity they can think of. This is a far cry for the busy parks next door. Any visit to Maswa should ideally be combined with a visit to Serengeti and Ngorongoro or some of Tanzania’s other spectacular parks. Maswa Game Reserve is divided into multiple concessions under the control of Tanzania’s Wildlife Department. Being a Game Reserve, human settlement and domestic animals are not permitted.
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Maswa Mbono Game Reserve – 166,000 Acres
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