Nyerere and Ruaha

These two immense wildlife reserves in Tanzania’s remote south are bisected by broad rivers, supporting vast numbers of game and a great diversity of species.

The Nyerere National Park (formerly the northern section of the Selous Game Reserve) gained national park status in 2019 and covers an area of 30,000km². Previously named after legendary English hunter-turned-conservationist Frederick Courtney Selous, the Nyerere encompasses rivers, lakes, forests and woodland. This unique, unspoilt ecosystem earned the park a World Heritage listing in 1982.

Its wild terrain harbours unbelievable numbers of elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as lion, cheetah, giraffe, and many crocodiles. Most safari camps can be found in the north of the park.

In 2008 the Usangu Game Reserve merged borders with the Ruaha National Park, and now covers over 20,000 km² of beautiful wilderness, criss-crossed by a web of life-giving rivers. The park has a large population of elephants as well as an abundance of rare species such as wild dog, striped hyena, lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope. Visitors to the Ruaha will rarely find any crowds, even during peak travel times.

If you’re looking for a safari off-the-beaten-track in Tanzania, you can’t go wrong with Nyerere or Ruaha. Both parks can be accessed by road or light aircraft from Dar es Salaam. They also offer unique experiences such as fly camping, guided walks and boat safaris.

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Why should I visit the Nyerere and Ruaha national parks?

  • Discover the unspoilt wilderness of Tanzania’s south
  • Visit World Heritage-listed Nyerere National Park
  • Explore remote Ruaha National Park
  • See some of Africa’s largest remaining elephant herds
  • Observe rare species such as wild dog, striped-hyena and sable antelope
  • Experience impressive gameviewing far from the tourist trails
  • Enjoy fly camping, guided walks and boat safaris

When is the best time to visit Nyerere or Ruaha?

The driest months in Nyerere and Ruaha are from June to October, when the bush thins out and animals are easier to spot. This is also the most pleasant time to visit. From November to March it becomes more humid during the rainy season

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Luxury accommodation in Nyerere and Ruaha

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Nyerere and Ruaha regions. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Kigelia Ruaha

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most wild and exciting national parks, not to mention the largest in Tanzania. Baobabs dot the landscape and dry snaking rivers criss-cross the

Ruaha River Lodge

By Tanzania’s mighty Ruaha River, this superb lodge offers gameviewing by vehicle and even from the verandas of its 24 stone and thatch guest chalets.

Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous comprises of 8 open-fronted guest cottages set on a scenic bend in the Rufiji River, within the vast Nyerere Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.

Siwandu

Set by a lake fed by the Rufiji River, Siwandu is a wonderful lodge with octagonal guest tents in Tanzania's wild, remote Nyerere National Park

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What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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