• A leopard in the Ikoma Wildlife Management Area

Ikoma Wildlife Management Area

This area supports a variety of wildlife across 242 square kilometres of pristine wilderness including herds of elephant, waterbuck, Black and White colobus monkeys, shy leopard and both the Greater and the Lesser Kudu.


The five settlements that make up the Ikoma Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are located on the western edge of the Serengeti National Park between the Serengeti National Park and the Grumeti and Ikorongo Game Reserves. Ikoma is a 242 km² wildlife conservation area that is home to animals that migrate from Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park.


The Ikoma area boasts large herds of antelope including Patterson’s eland, klipspringer, dikdik, Zebra, gazelles, lion, impala, leopard, cheetah, hyena and other larger mammals like the rhino, giraffe, elephant and hippopotamus due to the proximity of the Serengeti National Park.

When to visit

The are climate is warm and dry. The tropical rainy season is from March to May, with short rains from October to November. Average temperatures vary from 14 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius. The coldest temperatures are experienced from June to October.

A Gazelle with her newborn baby in Ikoma area
A giraffe stretching its neck to reach fresh thorn tree foliage

Ikoma Wildlife Area Map

Ikoma Wildlife Area Map

Travel Times Ikoma WMA

Ikoma -> Arusha: ~ 1,5h with bush plane; ~10h drive
Ikoma -> Tarangire: ~7h drive
Ikoma -> Ngorongoro ~5h drive
Ikoma -> Lake Manyara: ~6h drive

Wildlife Management Area Facts

Area: 242 km²

Travel: 400 km from Arusha

Established: 2007

Visitors: no statistics available

Official Homepage: https://www.tawa.go.tz/

Animals to see

  • Black & White colobus monkey
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebra
  • Gazelles
  • Hippos
  • Thomson gazelle
  • Ostrich
  • Greater & Lesser Kudu

Optional activities

  • Bird watching
  • Walking safaris
  • Night Game Drives

Interested to see itineraries that include Ikoma Wildlife Area?

See our Safari tours below