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The Magic of the Nyerere National Park in August

August is quite simply one of our favorite times to safari. The month heralds the end of our dry winter season and offers world-class game viewing and lovely weather. You can expect pleasant, sunny days and cool evenings spent watching an abundance of animals. You will want to pack warm layers to wear on your early morning game drives and peel them off as the day warms up.

As seasonal waterholes dry and the vegetation thins, large concentrations of animals gather around water in the region’s national parks. The African bush has little vegetation to obscure viewing, and it has that typical appearance you may associate with the African savanna- dry grass, vibrant sunsets, and plenty of large animals.

The quiet and exclusive Nyerere National Park, formerly the northern part of Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, is often overlooked. August is a great month to visit because it is the middle of the dry season. Due to the scant foliage and limited waterholes, the Selous allows you to escape the crowds and provides excellent wildlife viewing possibilities. The reserve is home to large populations of elephant and buffalo and the chance to see highly endangered African wild dogs is one of the park’s attractions.

The Rufiji River and its series of interconnecting lakes are the heart of this wilderness. Hippo and crocodiles abound in the Rufiji River, and the birdlife is spectacular. Lion sightings are common since they often lie in wait near the water for prey to come to drink. During the dry season, from June to October, the water attracts large numbers of animals. Predator sightings are most rewarding during game drives, but the boat and walking safaris available provide an added depth to your visit.

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