Nyerere/Selous National Park. An Introduction

Nyerere National Park is the world's largest wildlife sanctuary. The the park is covers an area of 30,893 km² (11,928 m²) and covers the Matemwe, Morogoro, Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma regions. The park is larger than 70 countries is in the world. Nyerere National Park has an impressive animal sighting and is perhaps the best destination for your African safari. Nyerere is the home to 250000 to 300000 big mammals including rare black rhinos and the African wild dog. 440 species of birds have been identified. The park's lifeline is the Rufiji River where most the action and development is concentrated. The attractions in the park include what visitors see (attractions) and what visitors do (activities). Attractions include beautiful scenery, mammals, birds and what visitors do, the numerous activities on offer like game drives, boat safaris, nature walks, bird walks, fishing etc

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Nyerere National Park Attractions

Nyerere National Park Attractions-A summary

Attractions in Nyerere National Park comprise of the location or destination itself, what visitors see, the attractions or objects of tourist gaze within or without the park, the physical features like Rufiji River, its lakes and it's impressive Steigler canyon; large mammals and birds and what visitors do, cultural, recreational and leisure activities and events on offer such as game drives, bird watching, sundowners, boat safaris, fishing, nature walks, mice, the rich culture of the local people and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.

Nyerere National Park Attractions - An Introduction

Attractions in Nyerere National Park comprise of the location or destination itself, what visitors see, the attractions or objects of tourist gaze within or without the park, the physical features like Rufiji River, its lakes and it's impressive Steigler canyon; large mammals and birds and what visitors do, cultural, recreational and leisure activities and events on offer such as game drives, bird watching, sundowners, boat safaris, fishing, nature walks, mice, the rich culture of the local people and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.

Nyerere National Park Attractions Selous

River Rufiji ranks number one among the top 10 attractions in Nyerere National Park/Selous.

Attractions comprise of:
  • What visitors see Attractions or what visitors see with their eyes naked eyes like mountains, rivers, animals, birds
  • and,
  • What visitors do at the destination-recreational activities and participatory activities
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  • Visitor Activities /What to do in Nyerere National Park?

    Nyerere National Park activities, what visitors do in Nyerere, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Nyerere National Park. These includes Game drives, nature walks, night, cultural tours, mice, sundowners, hiking, trekking,  bird walks/ bird watching, wining and dining, picnics, bush breakfasts and meals, etc

  • Physical Features
    • Rivers-
      • Rufiji River and it's tributeries the:
        • Beho Beho
        • Simbazi
    • Hills/ Mountains

      The following hills/ elevations or inselbergs dot the landscape

      • Beho Beho Hill
      • Nyamambi Hill
      • Mua Hills
      • Fuga Hill
      • Namkwere Hill
      • Kipalala Hill
      • Mtudussi Hill
      • Kinyanguru Hill
    • Steigler Gorge/ Dam.
    • Lakes
      • Lake Nzerakera
      • Lake Tagalala
  • Grave of Frederic Selous
    Selous was a British conservationist and a soldier killed at the battle of Beho Beho in 1917. Selous Game Reserve was named in his honor.
  • Mammals
  • Nyerere National Park has an overwhelming presence of mammals in terms of species and numbers. All the 'Big Five' of Africa: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard are represented in Ngorongoro. Besides the park has buffaloes, warthogs, zebras, gazelles, impala, reedbuck, oryx, topi, eland. Predators are represented by lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and hunting dogss.

  • Profusion Of Birdlife
  • Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Nyerere National Park. . Among the species to be found are mourning doves, Fly Catchers, Wablers, Pin tailed Whydahs, Eagles (Matial, Verreaux) Storks (Open-billed, Shoe-bill, Gonoreks (Papyrus and black headed), Pelilcans (Great White and Pink-backed) etc. Flocks of flamingoes are resident in the crater lakes.

  • The unique culture the local people
  • Fishing:
    Game fishing for catfish in Rufiji River. Catch and release fishing takes place too

Nyerere National Park Activities

Recreational, events, cultural and leisure activities are available for visitors to Nyerere. In summary activities includes game drives, cultural tours, hiking and trekking, safaris to Mikumi, Udzungwa and Ruaha national parks, boat safaris/ rides, bird watching, bush tours, wining and dining, sundowners, swimming, fishing, massage parlours.

Top 10 To Do Activities in Nyerere National Park - A summary?

To narrow the numerous recreational, cultural and physical to do activities in nyerereNational Park to top 10 most popular is not easy. Below is our list of 10 most popular activities:

  • Boat safaris/ rides / tours
  • Game drives -Early morning and evening game drives
  • Visits to the hotsprings
  • Bird walks/ watching
  • Tours to nearby Mikumi, Udzungwa and Ruaha
  • Cultural Tour Programes
  • Sundowners and Bush Meals
  • Picnics
  • Game fishing for catfish
  • Nature walks

20 Visitor Activities in Nyerere National ParK Selous

The most popular, among the top 20 activities in Nyerere National Park include the following:-

  • Full day/ half day nature walks
  • Game drives.Game drives are best undertaken in the morning and evening. However you can go opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunches
  • Photographic safaris
  • Tours of nearby Mikumi, Udzungwa, Ruaha national parks
  • Visits to the hotsprings
  • Bird walks/ warching
  • Sundowners/ sunset watch meals and drinks - romantic samptous meals served with sparkling drinks in the most scenic locations as the sun sinks in the horizon is an experience never to be missed. Most of the facilities do offer these on request
  • Picnics
  • Bush breakfasts/ dinners
  • Visits to steigler Gorge/ dam
  • Camping - camping is available in the public and special campsites. Unlike public campsites, there is nothing special in Special campsites. Special campsites are do it yourself and lack amenities like toilets, showers, kitchens
  • Swimming most of the lodges have fitness centers that feature swimming pools
  • Mice- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences amd event facilities are available in the lodges
  • Cultural tours - cultural tourism programs. These help visitors to better undeerstand better and interact with the local communities - Masai, Iraqw, Barbaig and Hadzabe
  • Wildebeest migration
  • Campfires are meeting or gatherings open to all guests. At the campfire ground is a big fire to keep the guests warm as they dance, tell stories and jokes, drink and exchange contact. Yes most of the campfires feature campfire bar where guests can order drinks. It is a lovely experience never to be missed
  • Health and spa in massage parlours
  • Wining and dining with numerous avenues and opportunities to sample local cuisine
  • Beach holidays in Dar es salaam, Kilwa and Zanzibar

Nyerere National Park Getting There

Driving from Dar es salaam takes 6 to 6.5 hours

Flights are available from Zanzibar and Dar es salaam. Airlines in this route include Coastal Aviation, Auric Air, Regional Air. Flights land in the following airstrips:

  • Matemere
  • Beho Beho
  • Mtemere
  • Steigler
  • Siwandu
  • Simbazi
  • Kiba
Nyerere National Park Gates

Remember the rule is that you should enter the park through official gates. The gates in Nyerere national park include;

  • Matemere
  • Mtemere

Nyerere National Park Lodges

Nyerere National Park Accommodation-A summary

A major plus of Nyerere National Park is availability of different classes of accommodation facilities varying from the plush luxury class eco-lodges to basic campsites. The most famous luxury class lodges includes Mivumo River Lodge, Serena Tented Camp, Roho Ya Selous, Beho Beho Tented Camp, Azura Tented Camp. In the mid range category are Selous Tented Camp. Several basic camping facilities are available.

Nyerere Famous Lodges

Famous lodges in Nyerere National Park include Mivumo River Lodge, Serena Tented Camp, Beho Beho Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge,