If you are planning a trip to Tanzania, ask the tour operator to add Ikorongo Game Reserve to your itinerary because what you will discover in this destination surpasses what other combined places will offer.
Ikorongo Game Reserve was established in 1994 but extends for an area of 3000 square kilometers (1158 square miles) and is adjacent to the World’s renowned Serengeti National Park thus forming the extensive Serengeti Masai Mara Ecosystem that interestingly experiences the exciting annual wildebeest migration.
The highest point within this Game Reserve is Bangwesi Hill that stands at an altitude of 1634 meters (5360 feet) above sea level and when you climb to the top of the hill, you will comfortably relish the wildebeest migration.
Climate and Vegetation within Ikorongo Game Reserve
This Game Reserve experiences both rainy and dry season with long rains beginning from March to May and short rains from October to December and maximum temperatures ranging from 27 to 28 Celsius degrees (experienced in October to March) while minimum temperatures being at 13 Celsius degrees being in October as well as January to February. The dominant tree species within the area are Acacia drepanolobium, Acacia tortilis and Acacia robusta in addition to other scattered species such as Balanites aegyptiaca, Grewia bicolor, different Commiphora species and many others while the riverine forest has unique species of grass like cypesushumensus and trees like Nymphaea lotus and Acacia polyacantha in addition to parasitic plant species such as Combretum species and Acacia spp among others.
Attractions within Ikorongo Game Reserve
This Part of Tanzania is a haven to several wildlife species including the Thomson’s gazelles, buffaloes, Grant gazelles, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, Sable antelopes, Topis, bushbucks, Defassa waterbucks, elands, Roan antelopes, impalas, black and white colobus monkeys, warthogs, lions, vervet monkeys, reticulated giraffes and African elephants among others.
This Reserve is also an Important Bird area because it is popular for being a vital feeding and roosting area for several African-Eurasian migratory aquatic species of birds. Besides that, the ground hornbills, Ostriches, secretary birds, grey crowned cranes, guinea fowls, Eagles, Black crakes and the lesser bustards among others are found within Ikorongo Game Reserve.
The beauty and attractions of the Game Reserve can be explored through activities such as bird watching, game viewing and walking safaris.
Best Time to Visit
You can also visit the Game Reserve anytime you wish because its open all year round but the ideal time for game viewing is the dry season (June to September and December to February) but birding can be enjoyed during the wet season (March to May and October to November) because this is the time when the migratory species are in large numbers.
How to Get to Ikorongo Game Reserve
The best way to reach Ikorongo Game Reserve is through the Serengeti National Park, especially via Mugumu Town which is approximately one hour and forty five minutes drive away. Alternatively, you can access the Reserve by air from Arusha or Nairobi to Forty Ikoma and Seronera Airstrips and the flight lasts about 90 minutes.