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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Kigosi National Park

Top 5 Reasons To Visit Kigosi National Park in Tanzania.

Top 5 reasons to visit kigosi National Park, the countless wild life in Tanzania. Thousands of tourists travel in large number to Tanzania’s National Parks ignoring the beautiful Game Reserves yet they offer countless wildlife and bird species adding to spectacular landscapes that cannot be seen even in the Parks that everyone rushes to.

Kigosi Game Reserve is one of Tanzania’s remotes and rarely visited but endowed destinations and was established in 1983. Located within the north-western side of Tanzania, the Reserve covers an area of 7000 square kilometres and lies between Kahama and Bukombe Districts within the Shinyanga region until Urambo District in Tabora Region (found within the western Circuit of Tanzania).

This Conservation Area is managed mainly for Conservation through Management intervention and lies within the Malagarasi-Moyowosi wetland that is an extensive and good example of the East African floodplain and is also feeding as well as a breeding zone for several migratory wildlife and bird species. This Reserve is adjacent to the Muhesi Game Reserve and is part of the Great Ruaha ecosystem.

Climate and Vegetation at Kigosi national park Game Reserve

The climate of the area Reserve experiences two rainfall peaks per year in February and November while the dry season begins from mid-May to mid-October with the average annual rainfall being 1000 millimetres and 1500 millimetres and the maximum temperature of the Reserve is 29 C

Grassy swamps dominate the area especially in the south in addition to the open Miombo woodland to the north thus allowing the Kigosi, Moyowosi, Gombe and Nikonga Rivers to easily flow through the vast floodplains of the Reserve. There is also the Itigi thicket and the Miombo woodland is dotted with rocky outcrops, riverine valleys, open plains, springs and scattered water holes.

Attractions At Kigosi National Park

The Floodplain

This national park is indubitably and one of the most extensive and wonderful Reserves within the East African region that have floodplains and wetland. The flood plain and wetland ecosystem have become the giant habitat for wildlife in which it supports high production and breeding of of animal species for example the leopards, lions, buffalos, waterbucks and many more.

Bird species

Kigosi national park offers a breeding area for extraordinary acquatic bird species like shoebill stork,wattled cranes and kingfisher and many others and the activities to enjoy within the area include game viewing, Bird watching and walking safaris.

Wildlife.

Kigosi National Park has different animal species which include; the Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, Topi, Sitatungas, Warthog, Baboon, Sable, Eland, Loan, Bushbuck and many others.

Activities at Kigosi National Park.

  1. Bird watching.

Kigosi national park is in a better environment which inhabits rare water-loving birds like wattled crane and shoebill, the swamps are good habitats for the bird species where the tourists can be able to see many bird species in the park during the birding tour in Tanzania.

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  1. Game viewing.

At kigosi National Park game viewing is the best activity in the park through using vehicles in the woodlands and the plains where you can reach and get close to the park’s wild animals using the vehicle and you are able to see animals like the Zebras, Baboons, Eland, Lions, and many more, and also spotting a large number of bird species which gives you the best moment in kigosi national park. The swampy areas of south at the park are known for sighting of sitatunga and this is  one of other largest protected sectors in east Africa  for the sitaunga has the waterlogged regions which provide the perfect habitat for waterbuck, hippos, and crocodiles.

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  1. Nature walks.

At kigosi national park, nature walk can be done where tourists organize themselves and move in the group while walking around the park with the help of the park warden and the tourists are able to view the park’s wildlife since the park is in wetland, therefor many animals and bird species can be spotted during the nature walks and the pars’s feature can be observed.

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  1. Hunting at Kigosi National Park

These activities are possible in the park but you must contact the guides in the park about hunting and get the permit acquisition to carry out the activity.

  1. Fishing at National Park.

Visitors at kigosi National Park will have an opportunity to do spot fishing in the World Second Largest fresh water lake! Nile perch weighing as much as 100 Kg have been caught during this rare activity. Come and experience this excercis at kigosi national park.

 Best Time To Visit Kigosi National Park

The dry season, which is from June to September, is the best time of year to visit. Roads are clear and less muddy. The thickets are thin hence making it easier to spot wildlife. In February and November there is heavy rainfall months, making the area quite swampy and flooded; especially in the south of the park.

Accommodation

There are no accommodation facilities  within the park. But camping is recommended for the guests who would need permission to camp in the area. Guests can stay in typical safari lodges and tented accommodation on the outskirts of the park, or in basic frame tents in the adjoining Moyowosi Game Reserve.

Entrance fees for Kigosi National Park

Category

 

Above the age of 16 years

Between the age of 5 to 15 years

Children below the age of 5 yeas

From 1st july 2021 to 30th june 2022 EA(Tshs)

4000

 

2000

 

Free

Non EA Citizen(USD)

20

 

20

 

Free

Expatriate residents (USD)

 

20

 

20

 

Free

How To Get To Kigosi National Park

The park is accessible by air with chartered flights organized from Arusha and Dar es Salaam and road transport using 4WD Vehicles that can be used whether in the rainy or dry season.

Therefore, the inaccessibility to the park has greatly contributed to the concentration of extraordinary animals such as sitatunga, elands, waterbucks, roan antelopes, greater kudus, lions, sable antelopes, leopards and many others in addition to the aquatic species of birds such as wattled cranes and the shoebill storks among others.

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