Ugalla River National Park

This is a low and flat reserve area of about 5,000 square kilometers by size and it was established in 1965. Ugalla Game Reserve is among Tanzania’s unique protected areas, because it is a licensed reserve area for honey gatherers and fishermen.  Both honey gatherers and fishermen are allowed to enter this reserve for harvesting honey and fish for just six months in a year.

Location

Ugalla River Game Reserve is located in the central-western part of Tanzania, in the eastern part of Lake Tanganyika.

Accessibility

Road

The area is accessible by roads using four wheel drive cars

Air

By using chartered light aircraft from Arusha and Dar es Salaam

Climate

Temperature

The temperature of ranges between 13C to 41C  depending on the area elevation.

Rainfall

Rain seasons  is between January to April. This is the wonderful time for birdlife watchers although accessibility through most of roads becomes impossible because of heavy rains

Attraction

Ugalla River

Ugalla River which runs through the middle of the park, acts as an attraction to the Reserve.

Wild animals

There are abundance of wild animals found in the area like Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant sable, Lion, Topi, Roan, Wild dog, and Greater kudu.

  

Activities

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Honey gathering

Best Time To Visit

It’s good to visit this reserve area during dry season because in the rain season this reserve area is inaccessible because of extensive flood.  However Ugalla forms an attracting home for most of the wildlife around this area during dry season.

Accommodation

Inside the park

  • Tented camps

What to see

Ugalla Game Reserve is among the key Tanzania’s unique protected areas as it is a licensed reserve area allowing honey gatherers and fishermen to harvesting honey and fish for just six months in a year. With a land area of about 5,000 square kms was established as a protected area in 1965. Key attractions include the following:-

  • Ugalla River which runs through the middle of the park
  • Abundance of wild animals found in the area like Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant sable, Lion, Topi, Roan, Wild dog, and Greater kudu.
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