The Nyerere is a wild and pristine national park in southern Tanzania, offering an off-the-beaten track safari with rewarding game viewing. Away from the better-trodden path of the northern parks such as the Serengeti, there is much to see here and only a handful of other visitors here at any one time. The reserve is easy to access from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar by light aircraft and is ideally combined with the nearby Mikumi National Park.
The Nyerere national park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986, recognizing the reserve as one of Africa’s largest remaining wilderness areas and the importance of its position as a wildlife corridor with Mozambiqueís Niassa reserve to the south. The varied terrain of the Selous ranges from miombo woodland to rivers swirled with sandbanks, open plains, verdant swamps and lowland rainforest.
More than 2,100 plant species have been recorded here and the different ecosystems are home to a wide variety of wildlife. The mighty Rufiji river meanders through the heart of the reserve and its many tributaries, channels and small lakes provide not only a water source for the wildlife but also a beautiful riverine environment to explore by boat.