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Nyerere National Park

Nyerere National Park

Nyerere National Park stretches for over 30,000 square kilometres.

It is Africa’s largest national park, yet visited by few. Meandering through the plains and woodlands, the Rufiji River gives rise to a labyrinth of streams, channels and pretty lakes in a delicate water paradise.

Skeletal leadwood trees stand in glassy lagoons where terrapins ripple the surface. There are perfect pods of hippo, rainbow coloured birds and flitting butterflies on yellow cassia flowers. It is a vast wilderness area and superb for photography.

A UNESCO world heritage site

One of the largest remaining wildernesses in Africa with a range of habitats and vast numbers of wildlife, this area was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1982.

Elephants, hippos & buffaloes

There is believed to be one of Africa’s largest populations of elephant, hippo and buffalo present in this park. During the dry season large numbers gather along the Rufiji River.

The Big Five

Nyerere National Park is one of the best places to see the Big Five in Tanzania. The Black Rhino, the hardest to see, is easier to spot during the dry-season.

A haven for wildlife

One of the largest protected areas on the African continent is located in Southwest Tanzania: Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve. Combined they cover an area larger than Switzerland. They are home to a such a wealth of wildlife and different habitats that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Today, Nyerere National Park is purely dedicated to photographic safaris. Whilst the southern Selous Game Reserve has been split-up into several hunting concessions and leased out to professional trophy-hunting companies.

When going on a safari to Nyerere National Park you can expect to see large concentrations of buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, impalas, zebra, gazelle, hartebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, crocodile and roan and sable antelopes. What’s more, the park is considered to have half of Tanzania’s elephant population within its boundaries, which makes for exceptional elephant watching.

Numerous predators can be seen along the Rufiji River, such as lions, leopards, cheetah, hyenas and jackals. It is also home to the endangered African Wild Hunting Dog and Black Rhino. Excellent bird watching is on offer thanks to the ~440 resident bird species. Common species include the African spoonbill, white fronted bee-eater, white-headed vultures, African fish eagle, spur-winged lapwings and francolins. Rare birds include the pel’s fishing owl.

Nyerere National Park offers a variety of activities for guests to choose from, such as game drives, boat safari or a guided walk with an armed ranger.

When to Go

The best time to go to Nyerere National Park is during the dry season, from June to November. During this period, the animals congregate near water sources, making it easier to see them. The best weather occurs in this season, with daytime temperatures ranging from 27°C (80°F) to 30°C (86°F). All areas of the park are accessible at this time. From October to February, the temperatures rise in the park. The rainy season in Southern Tanzania starts earlier than in the north of the country. The rains can start as early as mid-December. Some lodges and camps close during the long rains, so good planning is important.

Dry Season - June to November

Ideal for game drives, boat trips and guided walks to see the wildlife.

Green Season - December to May

Some camps and lodges close during some of this time.

Why to Go

A huge African wilderness awaits you

You go to Nyerere National Park not only because it is one of the largest and undisturbed places in Africa, but also because of the exceptional wildlife and unique habitats that can be found here.

A trek or a riverboat trip offer a different way to see the wildlife. These experiences change everything. You become not just a passerby. You touch, see, hear, and take in every sound, smell and colour along the way.

The Big Five can be seen here, but nature lovers will be amazed by the park’s ~2100 plant species and ~440 bird species. Lower visitor numbers compared to parks on the Northern Circuit offer you a more secluded experience.

Things to Do

The area offers a diverse safari experience: classic game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicle, bush walks on foot and boat safaris on the water – not many parks in Tanzania offer all three!

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