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.
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.
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Ruaha River Lodge
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