National Park

Nicknamed for Tanzania’s founding father, Nyerere National Park is the largest in Africa, boasting an untamed wilderness teeming with diverse wildlife.
About Nyerere National Park

Beyond the majestic animals and sprawling landscapes, Nyerere National Park offers a unique opportunity to delve into Tanzania’s rich history and conservation efforts. The park was formerly the northern sector of the famed Selous Game Reserve, established in 1896. The rebranding in 2019 honored Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president and a champion of wildlife conservation.

This vast wilderness is a haven for endangered species. Nyerere National Park boasts one of the largest populations of African wild dogs on the continent, a critically endangered predator facing numerous threats. Conservation efforts here are crucial for their survival, and responsible tourism plays a vital role in supporting these initiatives. Exploring Nyerere National Park isn’t just a safari adventure; it’s a chance to contribute to the preservation of Tanzania’s incredible wildlife heritage.


The ideal time to visit Nyerere National Park depends on what you prioritize. For classic safari viewing with abundant wildlife concentrated around water sources, the dry season from June to October is prime time. During this period, the sparse vegetation makes spotting animals easier, and the skies are clear for fantastic photography.

Here are some of the best things to do in Nyerere National Park:

Wildlife Safaris. Explore the park’s diverse habitats and spot a wide range of wildlife such as elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species.
Boat Safaris. Explore the park’s diverse habitats and spot a wide range of wildlife such as elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species.

Walking Safaris. Experience guided walking safaris to get up close to the smaller flora and fauna, offering a different perspective on the ecosystem.

Cultural Visits. Explore nearby villages to learn about local cultures and traditions, including visits to local markets and villages.

Birdwatching. Nyerere is a paradise for bird enthusiasts with over 400 species recorded, making it an excellent destination for birdwatching
Relax at your lodge.  After a day of exploring the park, relax and unwind at your lodge. Many lodges offer stunning views of the savanna, swimming pools, and comfortable accommodations, making them the perfect place to unwind and reflect on your safari experience.

Fun facts about Nyerere National Park

Nyerere National Park is the largest protected area in Africa.
Nyerere National Park is unique for its extensive network of rivers and lakes, particularly the Rufiji River. Visitors can enjoy boat safaris.
Nyerere National Park is a stronghold for endangered species such as the African wild dog, the black rhinoceros, and the Roosevelt sable antelope.
Guided walking safaris are offered in certain areas of the park, providing a more intimate and immersive experience with nature.