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Nyerere National Park

Previously Selous Game Reserve

Incorporated in 2019 and sprawling over 30,000 square kilometres, Nyerere National Park has emerged as Africa’s premier national park. This illustrious space is an evolution of the famed Selous Game Reserve. Nyerere National Park is revered as one of the world’s vast conservation domains, safeguarding arguably the most untouched African wilderness. The park is a symphony of rugged beauty and bounteous nature that resonates deeply with visitors.

The park’s landscape is a captivating blend of winding watercourses shadowed by towering Borassus palms, ever-evolving thickets, and the endless miombo savanna. This vast expanse shelters the largest population of elephants in East Africa and impressive herds of buffalo unparalleled in size across Africa.

Nyerere stands as the globe’s paramount refuge for the endangered wild dog. It also boasts a rich density of lions, leopards, buffaloes, and hippos. Habitual sightings include bushbucks, red and blue duikers, elands, hartebeests, hyenas, giraffes, oryx, reedbucks, impalas, waterbucks, and zebras.

For the adventurous spirit, the park offers an unmatched array of safari exploits, from enchanting boat journeys along the expansive Rufiji River to iconic fly camping adventures, immersive walking trails, and traditional game drives amidst rich wildlife territories.

Reasons to visit Nyerere National Park

  • Experience the unbridled allure of nature.
  • Engage with a full spectrum of East Africa’s plains mammals.
  • Elevated opportunities to witness the rare wild dog.
  • Intimate connection with nature, facilitated by excellent walking paths and river expeditions.
  • Embrace the stark yet awe-inspiring charm of the wild terrain.
  • Relish a sense of solitude, a luxury afforded by the park’s exclusivity.

What to Do

  • Exhilarating wildlife safaris.
  • Guided walking safaris.
  • Boat and canoeing adventures.
  • Ornithological excursions for bird enthusiasts.
  • Sport Fishing pursuits.

Getting There

  • A scenic drive originating from Dar es Salaam.
  • Scheduled or bespoke charter flights departing from Arusha, Zanzibar, or Dar es Salaam.

Best Time to Visit

  • Wildlife enthusiasts might favour the dry months from June to October.
  • Brief showers grace the landscape in November and December, succeeded by milder weather in January and February.
  • The extended rainfall commences post-February, tapering off by early May.


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