Nyerere National park overview

Presently the Largest National Park in Africa, Nyerere National Park is a recently settled Park which is important for what is known as Selous Game Reserve. The name of the Park is given in honor of the founder of the Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. The Park has been established in the year 2019 and spread a territory of more than 30,000 square kilometers.

The Nyerere National park located in the southeast part of Tanzania along the southern Tanzania safari circuit and offers the best escape from the large tourist crowds in the northern safari destinations like Serengeti National park while offering you a remarkable wildlife experience. It is considered to be among the hidden gems in the county.

With its biggest wild zone in Africa, Nyerere National park has moderately undisturbed ecological and natural cycles, including a diverse range of wildlife with huge predator and prey relationships. The might Rufiji with its eminence population of hippo and Rhino flows to the Indian sea. The waterway has been assigned as a photographic zone and is a well-known tourist destination.


Wildlife in Nyerere National park

There are a number of wildlife mammals found within this national Park among which are: approximately 145,000 buffalos, 4,000 Lions, 100,000 wildebeests, large hands of giraffes, 35000 zebras, 40000 hippos, 250,000 impalas, large numbers of Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, waterbucks, elands, and bushbucks, in addition to leopards, crocodiles, and hyenas. Furthermore, this is among the few wildlife sanctuaries on the African continent where you will find the puku antelopes the African wild dogs as well as the sable antelope. Previously the Selous was home to a very large number of elephants but because of excessive poaching these numbers have greatly reduced and all these can be seen during the game drives on the Selous Safari Holidays.


When to go to the Nyerere National park

The best time to visit Nyerere National park is from June to October which also ranks as the peak tourist season in Tanzania. Being a classic dry park, the Nyerere National park has remarkable game viewing opportunities that gradually get even better in the later times of the dry season. The biggest crowds of animals are usually experienced in the best time of the year which is July to October; however, this does not mean that game viewing cannot be done during the rest of the year.


What to do in Nyerere National park

During your Nyerere Safari Holiday, there are a number of different activities you can engage in that will surely offer you a very memorable experience while in Africa as highlighted below.

Game Drives; Game drives are conducted early in the morning as well as in the late afternoon and these are normally conducted in open roof safari cars to offer tourists the most rewarding views of the animals. The park ranger guides are very knowledgeable about the best places the animals and they will lead you to those places.

Boat Safaris; Boat safaris in the Nyerere offer holidaymakers and an opportunity to explore the different water channels including lakes, River Rufiji, and the smaller channels during which you will see various wildlife including hippos, bird, and crocodiles.

Walking safaris; Walking safaris in the wilderness of the park is one of the fantastic experiences one can explore when visiting Nyerere National park. You will get an opportunity to enjoy an up-close encounter with Mother Nature as you appreciate the beauty and serenity of this remote but beautiful reserve.

Bird watching tours; With a bird list of more than 400 bird species holidaymakers interested in bird watching will surely not be disappointed while in the Selous. these guided tours will give you an opportunity to see different species including the giant kingfishers, pink backed pelican, African skimmer, white-fronted bee-eater, fish eagle, carmine, ibises, white-crowned spur-winged plovers, palm nut vultures, purple-crested turaco, yellow-billed stork, trumpeter hornbill and malachite kingfishers among others.


Climate in Nyerere

The average temperatures in Nyerere National park vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperature than some — in the 33rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourists destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Selous Game Reserve, the hottest months are December, February, and then January. See the average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid to late November where highs are regularly around 92°F (33.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.5°F (21.4°C) at night.


Getting there

By air: Nyerere national park can easily be accessed by air transport with any of the local aircraft connecting from Ruaha as well as Dar es Salaam. It is about a 90 minutes flight from Ruaha National park and 45 minutes flight from Dar es salaam City.

By road; Can also be accessed by road with a trip connecting from Dar es salaam which made follow the normal safari route through Mikumi National Park and then you can reach the park through Matambwe Gate. This journey which could take about 4 hours covering a distance of 220 km is another option.

By railway; on a railway system using the Tanzania Zambia railway AZARA begins from the Dar Es Salaam and takes you across the wilderness all the way to Matambwe