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Lukwati South Game Reserve

Lukwati lies in western Tanzania and this fantastic big game district is one of the absolute best that Tanzania can offer. It is one of the most productive and best taken care of hunting districts anywhere. For many years the former concession holders made great efforts in the fields of wildlife management and poaching control, while the district’s remote location also helps to protect the game populations here.

From the north-eastern shores of Lake Rukwa, this hunting concession stretches east “the Escarpment” to large, pristine miombo forests. The district is renown for big buffalo, sable, it’s many leopards, and a very high success rate for it’s hunts for handsomely maned lions. Lukwati is a wonderful natural biotope with a high level of diversity: the large lake, Lake Rukwa, marshes and swamps, forests, rivers, open savannah, rocks, mountains, and water from natural springs.

In Lukwati it is possible to hunt the following game species: lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, sable, kudu, roan, eland, hippopotamus, crocodile, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, zebra, southern reedbuck, warthog, oribi, bushpig, common duiker, impala, hyena and jackals. 

It is possible to charter a light aircraft to fly you directly to Lukwati from either Arusha or Dar Es Salaam. It is also possible to take a scheduled domestic flight to Mbeya, from where it is approximately a 4-6 hour drive to camp, depending on weather conditions.

The hunting season in Tanzania is from 1st July to 31st December. The best period to hunt at Lukwati is from August to November.

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