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Game Reserves Along Nikonga River, Tanzania

3.8S 31.8E

August 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Uganda and Tanzania - August 3rd, 2010

Uganda and Tanzania - August 3rd, 2010

This APM image shows the Moyowosi (left) and the Kigosi (right) Game Reserves in northwestern Tanzania. The two are separated by the Nikonga River, visible just left of the image center. Both reserves are located within the Malagalasi-Moyowosi Wetland and are excellent examples of an East African floodplain wetland ecosystem.

The Moyowosi Game Reserve is categorized as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance. The vegetation is mainly Miombo woodland, adjacent to plains and wetlands that are covered with swamp. It provides an important dry season refuge and feeding area for migratory animals including many water birds and large mammal species.

The Kigosi Game Reserve, on the other hand, is dominated with grassy swamps to the south and open Miombo woodland to the north, allowing the Moyowosi, Nikonga, Kigosi and Gombe River to flow through the floodplain.

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