Nyerere National Park in the Selous Ecosystem, Tanzania 

By Bushtracks
August 23, 2022

The Nyerere National Park, south of Dar Es Salaam, forms part of the Selous Game Reserve. The Selous Game Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and happens to be one of Africa’s largest protected areas.  

The incredibly biodiverse region is rich with unique flora and fauna. Visitors to the area can expect a variety of landscapes including riverine forests, Miombo woodlands, wide open grassy plains, and dense swamps. Running through the reserve is the second largest river in Tanzania, the Rufiji River, which forms oxbow lakes and various tributaries, providing sustenance to the dynamic ecosystem.

This reserve is not only a dream destination for photographers, but also a haven for wildlife viewing. The national park boasts some of Africa’s most popular carnivores such as the African wild dog, prides of lions, the elusive leopard, and cheetahs. Herbivores also flourish in this area, and visitors can expect extensive herds of Cape buffalo, a large population of elephants, plentiful hippos, Maasai giraffes, zebra, and black rhinos.  

The birdlife includes the likes of giant kingfisher, pink-backed pelicans, purple-crested turacos, malagasy squacco herons, fish eagles and white-fronted bee-eaters to name a few. With over 400 bird species recorded, this is a birders’ paradise. Fauna enthusiasts can enjoy exotic and unique plant life in this region. 

The best time to visit Nyerere National Park is from June to October, in the peak of the dry season, to ensure spectacular game viewing.  

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