Tanzanian Royalty Boosts Exploration Budget to Expand Drill Program at Buckreef Main and Eastern Porphyry Targets in Northern Tanzania

March 8th, 2012

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is pleased to announce that board approval has been received for an additional drilling program at its Buckreef Main and Eastern Porphyry targets within the Buckreef Project Area in the Lake Victoria Goldfields in Tanzania.

The Company recently completed an in-house technical review of its Eastern Porphyry target, concluding that an expanded drill program would best support and facilitate the confirmation and expansion of the known mineralization at Eastern Porphyry and the calculation of an initial resource estimate which will be added to the current Buckreef Project resource inventory.

According to Joseph K. Kahama, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania), “Eastern Porphyry has the potential to significantly grow our resource base and we see this target, along with Buckreef Main, as key components in the optimization of commercial production at our Buckreef Project.”

Kahama notes that this proposal is a follow-up to the drilling program in 2011 when the Company completed 760 meters of NQ diamond drilling comprising four holes in the Eastern Porphyry target area. All of the 2011 holes intercepted potential economic mineralization of gold. Highlights from the Eastern Porphyry drilling are as follows:

BMDD100B returned 2.25 meters grading 6.3g/t gold;

BMDD101returned 4.8 meters at 3.83g/t gold and 2.0 meters averaging 7.47g/t gold;

BMDD102 returned 9.4 meters grading 1.25g/t gold and 4.0 meters averaging 2.73g/t gold;

BMDD103 included 10.5 meters grading 2.27g/t gold.

The Eastern Porphyry zone is a gold-rich stockwork hosted in a mafic sequence intruded by quartz-feldspar porphyry associated with quartz-carbonate-pyrite alteration.

The Company has also approved an additional drilling program for the Buckreef Main body, targeting the existing Inferred resource at a vertical depth between 150m to 200m with the objective of upgrading the Inferred resource to the Indicated category and defining additional near-surface resources at the Northeast Extension target.

The additional drilling program in the Buckreef Main and Eastern Porphyry areas will include a total of 9,550m of both Diamond and RC drilling at a total cost of US$1.4 million.  At the Buckreef Main target, a total of 3,000m of Diamond and 2,200m of RC drilling will be completed at a total cost of US$772,802. This drilling is intended to define the resource between 150m and 200m vertical depth while testing the down dip continuity of the shear zone-hosted gold mineralization associated with quartz-carbonate-pyrite veins emplaced in the mafic volcanic sequence.

At the Eastern Porphyry target, a total of 2,500m of Diamond and 1,850m of RC drilling at a total cost of US$654,502 are planned to investigate and define the resource which will be added to the Buckreef Project resource inventory. The above planned drilling program will top up the 2,200m of RC drilling which have already been planned in the area.

The Company anticipates incorporating the results of these drilling programs into the forthcoming Preliminary and Definitive feasibility studies for the Buckreef Project.

Buckreef is an advanced stage gold project with National Instrument 43-101 compliant gold resources at a 0.5 g/t cutoff grade in the following categories: Measured, 5.176 million tonnes grading 2.05 g/t (341,000 oz); Indicated, 24.97 million tonnes averaging 1.19 g/t (954,000 oz); Inferred, 17.173 million tonnes grading 1.51 g/t (835,000 oz).

Almost 61% of these resources are in the Measured and Indicated categories; and based on recent exploration successes infill drilling is expected to significantly improve this already favorable resource ratio. The majority of the resources are oxide and non-refractory in nature and a large proportion appear to be amenable to low cost heap leach recovery techniques.

Qualified Person

This press release was reviewed and approved by the Company’s Qualified Persons, Mr. Charles Mnguto and Phillip Kaniki.  Mr. Charles Mnguto is a Head of Geology, has a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Hons) degree from theUniversityofDar es Salaam(1995) and is registered scientist with MAusIMM (Reg. No 307793).   Mr. Phillip Kaniki is a Resource Evaluation Manager, has a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from theUniversityofDar es Salaam(1997) and is a registered scientist with MAusIMM (Reg. No 221963).

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph Kahama

Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania)


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