Nyerere national park

Nyerere national park

Nyerere national park Tanzania is a wildlife viewing destination which is located in the southern part of Tanzania. A variety of wildlife species can be seen during tours to Nyerere national park and they include elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes, elands, wildebeests, rhinos, hippos, African wild dogs, bushbucks, hartebeests, waterbucks among others. The national park is also home to the famous big five such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos.

Nyerere national park is also known as Selous game reserve and it is among the large wildlife viewing destinations which can be visited during Tanzania safaris. The safari destination is remote and with unspoilt wilderness covering over 30,000 square kilometers. the national park is also made up of grasslands, Miombo woodlands and also a mountainous landscape.

Among the attractions in Nyerere national park is the Rufiji river which is among the large rivers found in Tanzania. Hippos and crocodiles can also be seen along the shores of the river as well as different wildlife species.

When planning a visit to Nyerere national park, park entrance fees are charged to tourists on safaris at the destination and the fees are as follows;

Non east African citizens on safari in Nyerere national park are charged park entrance fee of 70 USD in the peak season and 60 USD in the low season for those visitors above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 20 USD.

During tours to Nyerere national park, residents pay park entrance fee of 35 USD in the high season and 30 USD in the low season for those above the age of 16 years and children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 10 USD.

Nyerere national park
Eelephants in Nyerere national park

East Africans and Tanzanians pay park entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings (TSH) for those above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 2,000 Tanzania shillings during Tanzania safaris around Nyerere national park.

How to get to Nyerere national park

The southern part of Tanzania being remote is mostly accessed by flights and during safaris to destinations like Nyerere national park; the destination can be accessed by flying from Dar es Salaam.

Another way to access Nyerere national park during safaris is by driving from Dar es Salaam which is about 230 kilometers away from the national park.

The various activities to engage in during tours to Nyerere national park include boat rides, game drives, cultural tours in the villages near the national park, walking safaris and hot balloon safaris among others.

Many safari packages are organized to Nyerere national park with game drives carried out around the destination at different times of day such as in the morning, afternoon and in the evenings in search of the various wildlife species around the park such as elephants, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes among others. 4×4 safari vehicles are used to explore the savannah plains in search of wildlife species with the help of a guide.

During safaris to Nyerere national park, the tourists can explore the park on foot and get a closer view of the surroundings and attractions around the destination with the help of an armed ranger guide. You can also get a closer view of the wildlife species during these nature walks around the national park.

Boat rides are also carried out when visiting Nyerere national park along the River Rufiji and along the canals in the park. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen during these boat rides and the activity can be done in the morning and also in the afternoon and the boat rides take about 2 hours.

Nyerere national park also has a variety of bird species which can be seen during a safari. Bird watching is best done during the months of November to April. The park has over 440 bird species which can be seen when exploring Nyerere national park during a Tanzania safari.


When to visit Nyerere national park

Nyerere national park in the same way as other safari parks of Tanzania can be visited at any time of the year. For wildlife viewing, the months of June to October are recommended for safaris around the national park.

Even in the wet or rainy season, safaris around Nyerere national park are exciting and the vegetation is green. The rains are received around March, April and May and also around November. This is also a good time for photographers to visit the national park during safaris. the rainy season is also a low season when the tourists on safari at the destination are few and the price of safaris is discounted.

There are different places to stay during safaris to Nyerere national park and they include luxury lodges, midrange lodges and budget lodges and some of the lodges include Beho Beho camp, Siwandu camp, Lake Maze tented camp among others.

Apart from the southern part of Tanzania, safaris can be done in the northern, western and central part of Tanzania in destinations like Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, Mikumi national park, Ruaha national park, Gombe stream national park, Mahale national park, Kitulo national park, Arusha national park, Kilimanjaro national park, Udzungwa mountain national park, Burigi-Chato national park among others.

Visit Tanzania and enjoy a safari experience across one of the largest parks in the country as you explore Nyerere national park.

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