Tanzanian Royalty Reports New Drill Results from the Buckreef Project Confirm Wider Mineralization At Depth With 34 metres @ 2.44g/t Au including 3 metres @ 7.1 g/t Au

May 11th, 2012

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is pleased to report that new assay results from its 2012 ongoing diamond drilling program at the Buckreef Gold Project in Tanzania, have been received and confirming continuity of the wide, higher-grade gold mineralized zones at depth.

Drilling highlight includes:

BMDD138 encountered intercepts of 6.0 metres grading 3.53g/t gold from 133 metres which included 2.0 metres grading 6.89g/t gold; 3 metres grading 4.65g/t Au from 144 metres, 2.25 metres grading 2.84g/t Au from 150.2 metres and 1.4 metres grading 4.56g/t Au from 162.8 metres.

BMDD139 encountered intercepts of 6.65 metres grading 1.80g/t gold from 125.35 metres which included 1.0 metres averaging 9.99g/t gold, 37 metres grading 2.5g/t gold from 148 metres which include 6 metres averaging 4.39g/t gold from 163 metres and 2 metres grading 4.89g/t Au from 174 metres.

BMDD140 encountered an intercept of 5.0 metres grading 1.18g/t gold from 134 metres.

BMDD141 intersected 21 metres grading 1.63g/t gold from 193 metres which includes 2 metres averaging 3.32g/t golf from 200 metres.

BMDD143 intersected 4 metres grading 2.27g/t gold from 198 metres which includes 1.4 metres averaging 4.14g/t golf from 188.1 metres, 19 metres grading 1.58g/t Au from 230 metres which include 4 metres at 2.59g/t Au from 231 metres.

BMDD145 intersected 5 metres grading 3.59g/t gold from 156 metres and a wide zone of 34 metres grading 2.44g/t Au from 178 metres which include 3 metres at 7.1g/t Au from 187 metres and 2 metres at 8.06g/t Au from 192 metres.

All intersections reported here are core lengths and may not represent true width but the true width is estimated to be 50 – 60%.

The host rocks to the gold mineralization are a sequence of fine-grained basalts to medium -grained dolerite with strongly altered felsic porphyry in quartz-sericite-carbonate-pyrite alteration assemblages. The best grades are within strongly altered, brecciated dolerite intercalated with felsic porphyry and grey quartz veining in finely disseminated pyrite assemblage.

Joseph K. Kahama, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania), commented: “We are very encouraged by the new drilling results which intersected of mineralized zone of significant thicknesses at vertical depth down to 200m below surface and confirmed the presence of gold-bearing structure at depth” He went on to say that “drilling to date on the deeper Buckreef extensions has validated the geological interpretation and the that the current drilling program is progressing well.

Sample Protocol and QA/QC

The samples chain of custody is managed by Buckreef technical team under the supervision of Anthony Minde. Core samples are picked up from the drill site at the end of every shift by Company personnel for direct delivery to the secured drill core storage house located next to the Buckreef exploration office. The storage is accessible only by approved personnel.

Intervals of core to be analyzed are split with a mechanized core cutter in half with one half to be sent to the laboratory for geochemical analysis and the remaining half to be kept in storage for future reference and uses. Samples to be assayed will remain under the control of Company personnel unit submitted to SGS laboratory in Mwanza for 50g fire assay (FA) with AAS finish (0.01ppm LLD). The average percentage of recovery core is 95%. Sample intervals of 1m or less but greater than 0.5m depended on geology.

SGS laboratory is ISO 90001 and 17025 accredited and employs a Laboratory Information Management System for sample tracking, quality control and reporting. In addition to SGS internal standards materials and blank samples, the Company regularly inserts into every batch its own certified standards, coarse blanks and duplicate sample in the sample stream approximately every 20 samples.

Qualified Person

The Company’s Qualified Persons Mr. Phillip Kaniki and Charles Mnguto, have reviewed and approved the content of this news release. Mr. Phillip Kaniki has a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from theUniversityofDar es Salaam(1997) and is a registered scientist with MAusIMM (Reg. No 221963). Mr. Charles Mnguto has a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Hons) degree from theUniversityofDar es Salaam(1995) and is registered scientist with MAusIMM (Reg. No 307793).

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph Kahama

Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania)


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