The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has approved a proposal to upgrade five Game Reserves in Tanzania into National Parks to attract more tourists to the area. The upgraded game reserves are Burigi Game Reserve, Biharamulo Game Reserve, Kimisi Game Reserve, Ibanda Game Reserve and Rumanyika Game Reserve. All five parks are located in the Kagera Region in northwestern Tanzania.
According to Tanzania's Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, his ministry has further forwarded other requests to the President of Tanzania to have more Reserves upgraded. These include Swaga Swaga Game Reserve, Mkungunero Game Reserve, Rungwa Game Reserve, Mhesi Game Reserve, Ugalla River Forest Reserve, Kigosi Game Reserve and Moyowosi Game Reserve.