Nyerere National park

Nyerere National park

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Overview

Covering an area of 50,000 square kilometres, Nyerere National park is Africa’s largest game reserve. The most scenic wildlife destination is the oldest and most remote in Africa.

For unique and elaborative beauty, Nyerere National park is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

The sporadic Lakes and channels from nearby the great Ruaha River and Rufiji River and the hot volcanic springs enhance the beauty of the Nyerere National park.

Sighting lions lying on the ground and waiting for the prey are very common.

The River Rufiji flowing through the reserve attracts huge herds of elephants. A walking safari is a must to explore the beauty and the peacefulness of the game reserve.

Boat trips along the Rufiji River are the most popular activities to enjoy.

The Wildlife

Nyerere National park experiences a high concentration of wildlife. Elephants, rhinos and hippopotamus are the most famous.

Other wildlife includes lion, leopard, hartebeest, wildebeests, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, reedbuck, warthog, waterbuck, zebras, giraffe, spotted hyena, wild dog, and buffalo.

The African buffalo population is high in the game reserve.

The Birdlife

Over 440 different bird species have been recorded inside the park. The Rufiji River attracts many bird species.

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The commonly spotted birds include African skimmer, Black-winged stilt, Dickinson’s kestrel, Northern carmine bee-eater, Böhm's bee-eater, Broad-billed roller, Palm-nut vulture, Thick-billed cuckoo, White-backed night heron, Pearl-spotted owlet, Racket-tailed roller, White-backed vulture, Yellow-billed stork and many more.

November to April is good to view the migratory birds.

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Best Time To Visit

Nyerere National park is good to visit throughout the year. However, the dry season (June to October) offers the best view of wildlife.

The wild animals don’t get thick bush to hide them and roam freely. Gathering around the waterholes to drink water in the dry season is one of the most awesome views visitors can enjoy.

The wet season (October to May) the view of nature covered with green and lush and best for viewing the migratory birds in abundance.

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How To Go

How To Go

Your entry point to the land is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). The distance between Selous and Dar es Saalam is 218 km, so it’s quite time taking to reach the park byroad.

There are scheduled flights from Dar connecting to the park airstrips. Normally your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and takes care of your whole trip.

A stopover at Mikumi National Park and a beach extension to Zanzibar is most recommended.

Uniqueness

  • Nyerere National park is the oldest, largest and most remote destination in Africa
  • As the park is easy to access and experiences fewer crowds, it’s the best holiday getaway for honeymooners.
  • The high concentration of wild animals makes the park a good safari region
  • The rivers and lakes offering boat trips enhance the beauty of the park
  • The greatest diversity of the park is home to walking safaris and boat trips
  • The park is home to 50% of endangered African wild dogs.
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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros

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  • The dry season offers the best wildlife viewing
  • Walking safaris and boat safaris are available to explore the park.
  • Lions are easily found lying at the lakeshores.

Cons

  • Game viewing is not good during wet seasons.

Activities

Nyerere National park offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. Listed below are some of the most popular

  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Trips
  • Camping Safaris
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Accommodation

Accommodation

Nyerere National park offers a wide selection of safari lodge tented camps, lodge holiday accommodation within the game reserve itself and the areas around it.

Selous is also home to some of the finest camps in Tanzania

Contact us to choose your preferred accommodation.

Location

Nyerere National park is located in southern Tanzania. With a distance of 218 km, the game reserve is easily accessed from Dar es Saalam.

A number of scheduled departure flights are available to reach the park in less time.

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