Nyerere National Park located in southern part of Tanzania, along the Rufiji River. The park was previously known as Selous Game Reserve, but it was renamed in honor of Julius Nyerere the first president of Tanzania. It is one of the largest protected area in Africa, cover an area of about 50,000 square kilometre.
Nyerere National Park is off the beaten path, and only 1% of Tanzania’s tourists heading down to this part of the country. It is often seen as one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas. Its Savannah spans as far as you can see, and you can go days without ever seeing a car or another tourist. The sheer amount of prey attracts a diversity of predators including more than 4,000 lions, as well as leopards, hyenas and crocodiles. Some rarer species include the African wild dog, of which 50% of its population live in Nyerere National Park
One of the best sights within this park is the Rufiji River, a gigantic river with a high density of crocodiles and hippos. Together with the Great Ruaha River, it creates a river delta, making for formidable game viewing and some of the most exciting boat trip in Tanzania.
It is also one of the few places in Africa where the endangered black rhino can be found. Bird enthusiasts will also cherish this place, as 440 different species of bird populate this area.
Like most national parks in Tanzania, the dry season from June to October is best time to visit for game viewing, as the vegetation is more sparse, making it easier to spot animals. March to May and late October to mid-December is the rainy season, which makes many of the roads impassable and animals harder to spot.
Nyerere national park is a remote and wild destination, offering tourist a truly authentic safari experience. The park has several lodge and campsite for tourist including luxury lodges that offer a high level of comfort and service. It is also a popular destination for bird watcher, in the shorter dry season from mid-December to March, as many migratory birds then settle in with over 440 bird’s species recorder in the park.