Overview – Nyerere (Selous) NP

Nyerere National Park formerly known as Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest national park which covers 50,000 square kilometres of miombo forests, which incorporate shrublands, savannas, and tropical and subtropical meadows. These forests are home to herbivore species like Burchell's zebras, Roosevelt's sable pronghorn, impala, giraffe, Lichtenstein's hartebeest and waterbuck. Selous is likewise known for its huge number of wild canines, lions and panthers. Game drives are generally compensating for predator sightings, yet boat and walking safaris add an alternate measurement to your visit.

  • Wildlife25 Animals

  • High SeasonJuly to October

  • Best Time to GoJune to October

Pros & Cons

  • Big five are available here, easy to spot in Dry Season
  • Guided walks and boat safaris are available
  • Lots of Mid Range & Luxury accommodation options are available
  • Animals are dispersed during the Wet season
  • Comparatively less area for the wildlife experience

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Wildlife & Animals – Nyerere (Selous) NP

Nyerere National Park offers an awesome wildlife viewing experience. Some of the diverse wildlife of the savannah incorporate the presence of the African bush elephant, black rhino, hippopotamus, Lion, East African wild dog, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, Plains zebra, and Nile crocodile. The black rhino is uncommon however can here and there be found in some far-off regions.

Wildlife Highlights

Selous Game Reserve has a huge and healthy population of African wild dogs. These hunters are pack animals who are gifted and efficient trackers, who run their prey down and at last start eating their exhausted prey while they are still alive. The dreaded Nile crocodiles are additionally found in the waters waiting that an accidental prey will stroll into their jaws. Buffalo, giraffes, impala, waterbuck and zebras are seen close to the lakes or close to the water holes, which are regularly visited by hungry hunters ready to pounce.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

For wildlife viewing, the best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve is during the dry season, from June to October. With the dwindling vegetation around the water sources, it becomes easier to spot the wildlife gathering around them. 

Birds – Nyerere (Selous) NP

A famous bird-watching destination, Selous Game Reserve has around 440 bird species. They inhabit the islands, tidal ponds, stream channels and sandbanks. Probably the most uncommon and unique birds, for example, the African wattled lapwing, African spoonbill, normal white-headed vulture, Pel's fishing owl and the white-fronted honey bee-eater, have been seen in the district. Other bird species were regularly seen incorporating the African skimmer, brown-necked parrot, dark-winged brace, Dickinson's kestrel, yellow-charged stork, racket-followed roller and white-supported night heron.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The wet season is an ideal time to visit Selous for bird watching. From November to April, several migratory species make their way towards Selous Game Reserve and several other regions in southern Tanzania.

Best Time to Visit – Nyerere (Selous) NP

For wildlife viewing, the best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve is during the dry season, from June to October. With the decreasing vegetation around the water sources, it becomes simpler to recognize the wildlife gathering around them. Conversely, the wet season is an optimal opportunity to visit Selous for bird watching. From November to April, a few migratory animal types advance towards Selous Game Reserve and a few different locales in southern Tanzania.

  • Best Time

    July to October

  • High Season

    July to October

  • Low Season

    March to May

  • Best Weather

    June to October

  • Worst Weather

    March to May

June to October (Dry Season)

  • Animals are easier to spot as they congregate near freshwater sources
  • It rains very little and most days are radiant
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • Humidity is lower, and the heat isn't overwhelming
  • Residue and drought are normal
  • A few regions can become very busy

June to October (Wet Season)

  • Due to less crowd in this season, Pricing is very less to bring more travellers
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Roads become sloppy and difficult to travel
  • Wildlife viewing isn't quite as great as during the Dry season
  • Most of accommodation properties are closed from April to May
  • Hotness and moistness can be a burden

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