Nyerere National Park
Selous Game Reserve is now renamed Nyerere National Park, and offers guests a slice of undisturbed wilderness, teeming with a spectacular array of fauna and flora. Nyerere was declared a World Heritage Site due to its dramatic landscapes and great diversity of wildlife. It is one of the few big game reserves to allow hiking, offering wildlife enthusiasts the chance to explore Tanzania’s pristine landscapes on foot.
Covering more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area, Nyerere is the largest designated wildlife area in Africa. At 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the Serengeti. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began, and the massive park has only a few accommodation options. The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness. Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Nyerere .