The Lukwika – Lumesule Game Reserve,
with a size of 444 km2, is located between Masasi District in Mtwara and
Tunduru, with the rivers Lumesule, Lukwika and Ruvuma demarcating the west,
south and east boundaries. The Reserve is about 100 kilometres south of
Mtwara town bordered with Ruvuma River.
The Msanjesi Game Reserve, with a size
of 220 km2, is located in the north of Lukwika – Lumesule Game Reserve at
the administrative boundary with Nachingwea District. The reserve has
permanent watercourses, meandering through a pristine savannah woodland
landscape with rocky outcrops towards.
Lukwika - Lumesule/Msanjesi Game Reserves
are parts of the Selous – Niassa ecosystem in Southern Tanzania: Ruvuma -
Lindi - Mtwara Regions, extending into Northern Mozambique, Niassa Province;
forming one of the largest natural trans-boundary ecosystems in Africa,
covering approximately 154.000 square km.
reserves are utilised as one tourist-hunting block, which is allocated to
hunting companies for certain months; that is why Lukwika – Lumesule and
Msanjesi Game Reserves are not famous to outsiders/normal tourists with
interest of game viewing and photographing; However, with Miombo Woodland of
different plant compositions which opens up to savannah woodland with
typical Baobab trees towards the Ruvuma River, these two reserves
support large population of lions, elephants, hippo,
crocodiles, buffalo, Sable antelopes and Kudu, and acts as corridor for
elephants moving up and down on the Selous – Niassa Wildlife Corridor