Tanzania's Game Reserves and other protected areas are less well know than its National Parks but many offer spectacular wilderness experiences. Together, they cover a far greater area than the Parks (see map above). Game Reserves are mostly allocated to tourist hunting companies for exclusive use by their clients, however some are dedicated to non-comsumptive tourism and are increasingly accessible for general tourism use. Some Game Controlled Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and Forest Reserves, are also important tourist areas.
Selous (the northern blocks), Grumeti, Ikorongo and Maswa Game Reserves. These reserves are accessible and offer spectacular wildlife viewing and can be easily combined with visits to the parks.
Loliondo GCA, Makao GCA, Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Longido GCA (Sinya), Ndarakwai Conservancy, Lolkisale GCA, Burunge WMA and Lake Natron GCA.All of these areas are accessible with flights or by road which is why they have become important safari destinations.
GCA: Game Controlled Area - WMA: Wildlife Management Area
Ugalla, Kizigo, Muhesi, Moyowosi / Kigosi, Rungwa, Rukwa, Rumanyika, Ibanda, Burigi, Luafi, Usangu, Lukwati, Lukwika and Lumesule. These areas are remote and can be very difficult to reach unless you want to charter a private aircraft to et there and back. Road access can take several days, much of which is on poor roads.
Unless you are participating in a hunting safari (Tanzania does allow this), it is unlikely you will visit any of the places in the list immediately above although it cannot be arranged. Generally, hunting areas have a low density of wildlife when compared to National Parks but many offer true wilderness, far off the beaten track.
Tourist hunting is controversial, but without it, many areas would already have lost their wildlife. This does not mean that some hunting areas have not been damaged (destroyed) by the companies who hold licenses to operate hunts there. This is a problem related to ethics and conservation practices in general which we can discuss elsewhere.