The Importance of Game Reserves

by | Oct 28, 2022

what is a game reserve?

A game reserve is a place animals can safely live without being unduly disturbed by poachers, hunters or any other form of intruder. In most cases, a large expanse of land is dedicated for this purpose. Animals are mostly safe in game reserves and even if they are hunted at all, it is done in a controlled manner. Some examples of game reserves include the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, Kalakpa Game Reserve and Tafi Atome Monkey Village in Ghana, Old Oyo and Gashaga Kumti National Parks in Nigeria.

what is a private game reserve?

There is one female leopard collared on Tumbeta and we will send out regular updates on our social media on prey species and her movements. One of her first kills was a Black backed Jackal which indicates they play an important role in keeping the natural balance by controlling certain predator numbers. Most farmers complain of very high jackal numbers in the area and this is probably due to the absence of the larger predators. The leopard is therefore playing an important role in keeping these numbers down.


A dedicated place for wildlife conservation – the depletion of the world’s forests means the natural habitat of the world’s animals continues to shrink. Apart from this, the continuous expansion of the limits of the cities of the world and the creation of slums or shanty towns around the fringes of some cities continue to limit the space left for animals to thrive. The existence of game reserves therefore makes it easier for local authorities and individuals to dedicate some space where animals can be conserved.

Protection of vegetation – Overpopulation of cities and the expansion of some, eating into virgin forests threaten the remaining vegetation around many cities and towns. The existence of game reserves, therefore, helps to combat the threat posed to the vegetation. Where restriction into the game reserves is strictly enforced, they can serve as buffer zones to protect the little of the vegetation that is left.

Provision of food and shelter – Game reserves also serve as a source of food and shelter to the animals that live there. Wild fruits of various kinds can be obtained from the reserves. In addition, some roots and tubers are available to be used as food. The animals can serve as a source of food also to each other as they continue to feed in the food chain. It also serves a shelter for the animals so they can live in their own natural habitat. The game reserve also serves as a grazing area for the herbivorous animals that inhabit them.

Pleasure in observing the animals – There are people who derive great pleasure in observing the behavior of the animals in their natural environment. That pleasure alone is enough for people to insist that the game reserves must be preserved and even others created to serve as a source of happiness to people. Many game reserves offer Safari viewing to visitors (such as Tumbeta Private Game Reserve) and this rich experience gladdens the hearts of the visitors.

Both national parks and game reserves are important areas of conservation in any country. While the differences between them are minimal, the choice boils down to your safari expectations.

If you are looking for an intimate and exclusive safari, then book a trip with Tumbeta Private Game Reserve! If you’re not fussy and don’t mind sharing your safari experience with plenty of people, then a national park stay is ideal.

Contact us today to make your booking.

We highly recommend a visit to Tumbeta!