Welcome to Nyerere National Park
At a massive 44,800 square kilometres … bigger than Switzerland … Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserve) is one of the largest and most important national parks in Africa.
Selous Game Reserve was originally named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died at Beho Beho in this territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War I. In 2019 the northern part of the reserve was excised to form a new national park to be known as the Nyerere National Park, in honor of the first President of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.
Nyerere National Park is the only site in southern Tanzania to have been awarded World Heritage status, which means it has “natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and be of common importance for present and future generations of humanity.”
Located on the humid coastal plateau and with the Great Rufiji river winding its way through the heart of the landscape, Nyerere National Park has an unusually tropical and languid atmosphere.
The numbers here are astounding. The reserve is thought to contain up to 70,000 elephant … around 8% of the total world population … 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippo, 4,000 lion … the list goes on. One of the few places in the world you are almost guaranteed to see the endangered and elusive Wild Dog.
The Rufiji River is an added attraction and boat safaris both outside and inside the park can be conducted.
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One of the reasons we love Nyerere National Park is because it offers many different ways to explore and view the wildlife which are not available elsewhere. As well as traditional game drives in our specially designed vehicles, guests can also experience a river safari by private boat down the Rufiji River, take a walking safari, go on a cultural safari to nearby villages or go fly camping in the African bush.
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Daigle Tours take responsible tourism, ethical tourism and eco-tourism seriously. As a family-owned company in Tanzania, we take the protection of our environment very seriously. We support several local social enterprises in the Selous area and Dar es Salaam. We treat our guides and camp employees with the respect they deserve and pay them fairly. Naturally, we are committed to conservation and environmentally sustainable practices. We love Tanzania and wish to preserve its wilderness and wildlife for future generations.
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