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Maswa Makao

Nestled in between two of the most famous wildlife areas in the world, Maswa Makao WMA sits on the southern border of the Mara Serengeti ecosystem and just to the west of the Ngorongoro Crater conservation area, making it one of the most sought after hunting destinations in all of Tanzania.

A mixture of acacia and commiphora woodland, the dry plains are dotted with vachellia tortilis and xanthophile trees that are balanced by permanent springs knotting throughout rocky outcrops.


The area is home to a plethora of wildlife, including four of the Big Five – Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard. The annual Great Migration, one of nature's greatest spectacles, passes through this region, from December to March adding to the area's allure. Plains game species such as Kudu, Roan, Eland, and Klipspringer also add to the magic of the region.

Using Kilombero North Safaris active anti-poaching and community development programs, Maswa WMA will be managed in a way that balances conservation efforts with the needs of the local people. A strict quota model will promote sustainable land use and wildlife management, fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and the natural environment, making it a win for all.

This ancient hunting ground also touches the shores of Lake Eyasi, which is home to one of the oldest hunter-gatherer tribes in Tanzania, the Wahadzabe tribe. Throughout the caves and rocky outcrops within the hunting area are cave paintings that are thousands of years old, recording their history throughout this land.


Maswa Makao Species

Cape Buffalo


Burchell's Zebra

Greater Kudu



Masai Bushbuck


Common Duiker



Roan Antelope

Kirk's Dik-dik

Striped Hyena

Spotted Hyena


Fringe-eared Oryx

East African Impala




Bohor Reedbuck

Lesser Kudu



There are two rainy seasons —


the heaviest rains (called masika) usually fall from mid-March to May


a shorter period of rain (called vuli) occurs from November to mid-January

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