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Overview

Tanzania is Africa’s premier hunting safari destination for international tourists. It has one of the largest population of big game in Africa and a greater variety of wildlife than most other countries in the world. Hunting is part of Tanzania’s wildlife conservation strategy and a requirement for its long-term survival.

For decades until today, hunting safaris are being organized in protected areas such as game reserves and game controlled areas by licensed hunting companies. TAWA is regulating and controlling all activities related to hunting.

Animals to hunt

Tanzania is the place to see spectacular and seemingly endless herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra as well as elephants followed by predatory lions, leopards and hyaenas. Its bird life is unique with over 1,000 species; its lakes and rivers abound with fish; and its islands offer some of the best game fishing sites in the world.

It is TAWA’s task to determine the species to hunt according to a census assessment. So TAWA is responsible for assigning quotas for each species yearly in collaboration with a specified committee, scientific researchers and the University of Morogoro.

Where to hunt

More than a quarter (264,600 km²) of Tanzania’s land (945,000 km²) is set aside for wildlife conservation but none of these wilderness areas are fenced and the game is free to move wherever conditions are most attractive. What is more, most of the areas that form the primary hunting concessions are so remote and prestine such that access is only feasible by private air charter.

It is TAWA’s task to select and manage the areas which are open for hunting tourism. Hunting companies can apply for a hunting block at the beginning of a year which will then be allocated to the hunting company for 5 years. After successfully applying for a hunting block, hunting companies will need to apply for a hunting license which will also include a quota.

Top hunting locations

A list of all protected areas open for hunting including a short description can be found under Conservation > Protected areas.

Regulations

Regulations are connected with TAWA’s conservation strategy. They are set up by the Ministry Of Natural Resources And Tourism and they define e.g. types of weapons and ammunition to be used, prerequisites for application of a hunting permit and the quota for different kinds of animals updated regularly.

When to hunt?

The hunting season in Tanzania begins on July 1st and ends December 31st. These are mainly the dry months although some rain may be expected during November and December.

Licensing and fees

Hunting companies operating in Tanzania have to apply for a license at TAWA. The application is then reviewed and after approval and the payment of the license fees, the license will be issued. The licenses depends on the region and the animals hunted.

Hunting block fees

A hunting block fee is an amount of money paid for the concession of a hunting area per hunting season.

Hunting permit fees

A hunting permit fee is a sum of money paid by a hunting company or authorized association on behalf of a client to allow him acquire a lawful hunting license for a specific safari package.

Conservation fees

A conservation fee is an amount of money paid by a client for hunting through a hunting company to support conservation activities.

Conservation fees

A conservation fee is an amount of money paid by a client for hunting through a hunting company to support conservation activities.

Safari package

A Safari package includes a list of animals hunted in a specified number of days.

Professional hunter fees

A professional hunter fee is a sum of money paid by a professional hunter per season for the purpose of permitting him to guide hunting clients in the country.

Game fees

A game fee is the price for an animal hunted or wounded by a tourist hunter.

Payment

License fees have to be paid by the hunting companies either directly to TAWA or using TAWA’s online management system for hunting safaris. For more information about the online system, please contact Weja Lugendo at TAWA's office in Morogoro.

List of licensed hunting companies

A list of licensed hunting companies can be found here.

Contact

If you need more information related to hunting in Tanzania, please contact TAWA’s office in Morogoro.