Nyerere national park Tanzania : Nyerere national park is a destination which is found in the southern part of Tanzania and it is also known as Selous game reserve.
The national park is among the largest in Tanzania covering about 30,000 square kilometers. Nyerere national park consists of savannah plains, lakes, rivers, grassland and also Miombo woodlands.
A big number of wildlife species can be seen during a safari around Nyerere national park in Tanzania and they include buffalos, giraffes, zebras, elands, elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, wild dogs, wildebeests, antelopes and many others. A special attraction in this national park is its large number of elephants which can be seen during a tour around Nyerere national park.
The number of tourists who visit Nyerere national park through the year is not as big as those who visit the northern safari parks in Tanzania like Serengeti national park, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area and also Arusha national park.
Tanzania National Parks Authority manages Nyerere national park with an aim of offering a better and enjoyable tourism experience at the destination while exploring the attractions and seeing the many wildlife species found in the national park.
Nyerere national park is a remote destination with unspoiled wilderness and is home to a diversity of wildlife. The national park is also among the best wildlife safari destinations in Africa.
Among the attractions found in Nyerere national park is the River Rufiji where wildlife species can also be seen during a safari. River Rufiji is the largest and longest river in Tanzania.
When visiting Nyerere national park, park entrance fee is among the costs incurred on safari and it is as follows;
Non East African citizens are charged park entrance fee of 70 USD in the peak season and 60 USD in the low season for adults. Children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 20 USD for safaris to Nyerere national park.
Residents or expatriates visiting Nyerere national park are charged park entrance fee of 35 USD in the high season and 30 USD in the low season for adults while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 10 USD.
East Africans or Tanzanians visiting Nyerere national park in Tanzania are charged park entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings for adults and 2000 Tanzania shillings for children aged between 5 and 15 years.
The park entrance fees indicated above exclude 18% tax and are valid until 30th June 2022. Children below the age of 5 years are not charged park entrance fees for tours to Nyerere national park.
A tour around Nyerere national park can involve a walking safari around the destination, by driving around the national park and a boat tour can also be done when exploring the national park during the different months of the year.
Boat safaris in Nyerere national park offer a chance to see wildlife species such as hippos along the shores as well as Nile crocodiles and a variety of bird species and some animals that come to drink from the river such as giraffes, waterbucks, impalas, elephants among others. The boat can be taken in the morning or in the afternoon and the activity takes about 2 hours and both experiences are exciting during a safari in the national park. The boat rides can be private boat rides or group boat rides and they are done on River Rufiji and the boat safaris can also be done for the whole day and some boat rides are done outside the park.
Another way to experience the beauty of Nyerere national park is by driving around the national park. These game drives around Nyerere national park can be done for the whole day and either in the afternoon or morning. Game drives can take about 3 hours and can run from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Fly in safaris are common in this national park and other tours which are done around the destination include private safaris and also group tours. Night game drives are however not permitted in Nyerere national park. The form of vehicle used during game drives in Tanzania is 4×4 safari vehicles and they can take up to about 6 to 8 people depending on the vehicle used for the safari.
Walking safaris are also another way to explore Nyerere national park and they involve moving on foot in the company of a ranger guide. This is a way for tourists and visitors to get a close encounter with nature during their safaris in the national park. Wildlife species can also be seen during the nature walks which are done off the tracks followed during game drives around Nyerere national park. Some nature walks can be done near the camps while others are done around the reserve itself and these walks can take about 2 hours and can be done in the morning or in the afternoon. This national park has diverse scenery and there is a lot to experience when exploring the destination.
Hot air balloon safaris are also carried out around Nyerere national park and this activity takes off around dawn over the plains where wildlife species can be spotted. A bush breakfast is shared after the hot air balloon experience as well as champagne. This activity is also done in pars like Serengeti national park.
Another activity which can be done when visiting Nyerere national park is bird watching which is best done around November to April.
Nyerere national park can be accessed from Dar es Salaam by driving and also by flight from Dar es Salaam and also flights from Arusha.
Best time to visit Nyerere national park is during the dry season from June to October when wildlife species can be spotted around the water sources and the vegetation is also thin making it easier to see the wildlife species during the safari. This time of the year is also the high season and many tourists engage in tours around the destination.
Safaris around Nyerere national park can be carried out through the year and also in the low season around March to May.
Visit Tanzania and enjoy a safari tour in the southern part of the country as you explore Nyerere national park.