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.