Mwiba is one of the safari destinations to look out for whenever you are in Tanzania for any kind of trip. It is 505 square kilometers of privately managed Wildlife Reserve that is contiguous with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area’s western edges and the southern part of the Serengeti National Park, thus making it an add-on destination or stand-alone destination during your safari in Tanzania.
Mwiba Wildlife Reserve was previously part of the Makao Open Area and was gazetted to purposely improve Conservation efforts but also aims at protecting the area under pressure arising from the ever-growing human population that in the end leads to encroachment on Serengeti National Park in the west. The Conservation Area extends across the wildlife viewing areas to the west and south of Serengeti National Park and tourists that visit the Reserve are guaranteed of experiencing the Serengeti wildebeest migration that passes through the area between December and April. Also from the Reserve, there are spectacular views south over Lake Eyasi and the Yaeda Valley, haven to Tanzania’s Hadza bushmen while to its north is Maswa Game Reserve.
Bordering the Eyasi Escarpment, the landscape of Mwiba Wildlife Reserve is also characterized by numerous rolling hills, thickets, kopjes, waterholes that are the permanent water supply for animals during the dry season and rivers where water pools are formed all year round, and these are considered wonderful spots for game viewing. Mwiba Wildlife Reserve is only 40 kilometers from Ndutu where the great migration also starts from the month of April.
- Wildlife species within Mwiba Wildlife Reserve
This Tanzanian Wildlife Reserve allows tourists to fulfill the anticipated safari experience due to the numerous wildlife species found in the area such as Big five animals (as lions, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, elephants), antelopes such as Dik-dik, impalas, bushbucks, greater and lesser kudus, waterbucks and elands. Additionally, it is also possible to spot African wild dogs, hyenas, zebras, hartebeests, wildebeests, cheetahs, and giraffes among others within this Wildlife Reserve.
- Things to do when you visit Mwiba Wildlife Reserve
With the numerous attractions within this Reserve, tourists are guaranteed of enjoying
Game drives through the vast plains that allow viewing of large herds of wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, lions as well as leopards on rock kopjes. This is obviously the main activity conducted by every tourist who visits the Reserve but the best time for achieving unforgettable experiences is the dry season.
Nature walks offer up-close encounters with the wildlife as well as the smaller creatures that would otherwise be impossible to see during game drives. Other exceptional activities you must try when you visit this Wilderness Reserve include Bush camping and fly camping.
- Accommodation Facilities within Mwiba Wildlife Reserve
Much as it is not as popular as other Reserves in the country, Mwiba Wildlife Reserve offers exquisite accommodation facilities that include the legendary Mwiba River Lodge, Mwiba Tented Camp (within the southern-most part of the Serengeti ecosystem)
Therefore, Mwiba Wildlife Reserve is a must-visit destination for any safari especially if you are looking for privacy and exclusivity but most importantly to experience a typical African wilderness without crowds.