Ibanda–Kyerwa national park is located in Kagera region in Tanzania and has an area of 200 square kilometers (77 sq. mi). The park was originally established in 1974, it was designated as a national park in 2019. Ibanda –Kyarwe national park is rich in wildlife attraction and sunrise and sunset are easily seen. The animals that are easily seen in the reserve includes the hippos, antelopes, Thomson gazelles, impalas, elands, baboons and Kagere River is the main source of water for the park and nourishes its rich resources.

Ibanda-Kyerwa national park is the hidden treasure in the western angle of the country as the park recognized as the paradise with pretty beauty of rolling hills, valleys, plains of acacia savannah, the central basin dissected by seasonal rivers filling the scattered lakes and swamps all these blow during your Tanzania safari to this unexploited park.

Attractions in Ibanda-Kyerwa national park.


Ibanda-Kyerwa national park has a variety of wildlife species like the eland, impala, reedbuck, bushbuck are everywhere in the park, Roan the large dramatic antelope are present in large herds, buffalos and hippo can be found in Kagera River and in some lakes and swamps in the park, the main predators in the park includes the leopard, hyena and among others.

Ibanda –Kyerwa national park
Ibanda –Kyerwa national park

Kagera River.

Kagera River is one of the largest rivers in Tanzania. The river acts as a boundary between Tanzania and Rwanda, the river separates the two nations and also the two national parks, the Ibanda-Kyerwa national park in Tanzania and the Akagera National Park in Rwanda, the Kagera River to the north is a boundary with Uganda and this makes it easy to visit the park even from Uganda and Rwanda.

Savannah grassland.

Ibanda- Kyerwa national park experiences savannah grasslands with scattered individual trees, which is one of the cover of the park thus inhabits the park’s wildlife and the savannah grassland is the biggest attraction in the park by the tourists.

Activities in Ibanda-Kyerwa national park.

Game viewing.

Ibanda–Kyerwa national park has the most reliable savannah grasslands with the scattered lakes, hills, valleys, Kagera River and basins. The game viewing done in the park makes many tourists to see animal species like herds of buffalo, leopards, zebra, topi, eland, impala, waterbuck, reedbuck, giraffe and almost every animal species in the park.

Walking safari.

Ibanda-Kyerwa national park provides the extraordinary recreational opportunities and a sense of the feeling the nature that one will experience during the walking safari like the savannah grasslands, also one can be able to sight various animals like the eland, elephants, leopards, reedbuck and other animal species even by getting closer to them.

Bird watching.

Ibanda-Kyerwa national park is a haven of birds, the park has bird species which are colorful including the African fish eagle, African olive pigeon, Augur buzzard, Bar-tailed trogon, Beared vulture, Black saw-wing, Cinnamon –chested bee-eater, Egyptian goose, Great creasted grebe, Hartlaub’s little grebe, Narina trogon, Peregrine and among others, these birds can be sighted during walking safari, others can be spotted around River Kagera.


Ibanda-Kyerwa national park offers camping sites to the tourists for both the public and special campsites where the tourists enjoy the nature of wilderness in the park.

Accommodations in Ibanda-Kyerwa national park.

Ibanda-kyerwa national park has simple accommodations available in the nearest town Murongo which is about 3 and a half kilometers from the park boundary, also simple accommodations are available in the nearest town Murongo which is about 3 and a half kilometers from the park boundary.

Best time to visit Ibanda-kyerwa national park.

Ibanda- Kyerwa national park experiences two rainy seasons in year that is the short rainy period is from October to November and the wet season is from March to May, so the best time to visit the park is at the end of the short rainy season every year.

Entrance fees of Ibanda-Kyerwa national park.

Category JUNE –JULY
  EA (Tshs) Non EA citizen(USD) Expatriate/ Residents (USD)
Of above the age of 16 years 5000 30 15
Between the age of 5 and 15 years 2000 15 5
Below the age of 5 years Free Free Free

How to get to Ibanda-Kyerwa national park.

Ibanda-Kyerwa national park can be accessed by both the road and the flight.

Flight means. There are airports at Chato and Bukoba from which light aircraft can fly to Ithanda village or an airstrip within the park.

Road means. From Bukoba to Murongo ( 220km)

From Chato to Murongo (327km)

From Murongo to the park (3 and a half km)

From the airstrip at ibanda to Murongo (110 km).

Ibanda-Kyerwa national park is rich in wildlife attractions, sunrise and sunset are easily seen which gives you a precious moment in the park, with a variety of attractions ranging from savannah, lakes, rivers and swamps inhabited with different kinds of wildlife; the park is endowed with various wild animals such as African buffalos, hippos, leopards, antelopes like the reed buck, roan and birds which makes your best safari in Tanzania.

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