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Off the Beaten Path: Nyerere National Park

June 6, 2022  By: Gretchen

Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, which includes the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti, is one of the best-known safari destinations in Africa. But the vast East African country is also home to fantastic off-the-beaten-path destinations including one of Africa’s newest national parks, Nyerere National Park on the country’s Southern Safari Circuit.

game drive with lions

Nearly twice the size of Belgium, Nyerere National Park abuts the Selous Game Reserve (and was formerly part of the reserve) and remains one of the largest and wildest protected areas on the continent. The highest concentration of wild dog in Africa are found in Nyerere as are the Big 5 (including black rhino), cheetah, leopard, giraffe, hippo, zebra and many more species, making for exciting game viewing opportunities for travelers. More than 440 bird species can also be found in the park.

hippos and birds

This remote park sees few visitors making for a very exclusive experience for those who choose it for their safari. It’s not unheard of to go on a game drive and not see any other vehicles! Rivers, lakes and streams make for an especially scenic safari, with palm trees fringing the background of your wildlife photos. Game drives, walking safaris, balloon safaris, boating safaris and village visits are all on offer for visitors.

common area

Sand Rivers Selous

An Africa Adventure Consultants favorite, Sand Rivers Selous has one side of the lodge entirely open to the Rufiji River. Views across its swirling waters are mesmerizing and often include wildlife sightings. With its isolated location and just 5 rooms and 3 suites, it is especially intimate and exclusive. Open fronted riverside rooms offer spectacular views and are great for couples, while the spacious hillside suites offer adjoining lounge and living areas and private plunge pools. The main area includes a swimming pool and lounge, bar, library, extensive decking with comfortable furniture to relax and soak in the river views and a beautiful dining area (communal and private dining are available).

boat ride

Like elsewhere in Nyerere, Sand Rivers Selous offers game drives, walking safaris and boating safaris. It also offers tiger fishing, swimming in hot spring rock pools or the lodge’s swimming pool, bush breakfasts and fly camping. The guiding here is exceptional.

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Photos courtesy Sand Rivers Selous