Nyerere National Park
Location: Southern Tanzania
Coverage: 50,000 sqkm
Status: UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Selous Game Reserve has recently been renamed as Nyerere National Park – in honor of the first president of Tanzania. The Nyerere NP is the biggest national park in east Africa and the 2nd largest in Africa. It covers more than 50, 000 Sq km which is larger than Switzerland and almost four times the size of the famous Serengeti National Park.
In Nyerere NP, more than 2,100 species of vegetation, over 300 species of birds, more than 15,000 elephants, approximately 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the very rare wild dogs can be found. Are animals domesticated are, among many others, black rhinos, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, lions, East African wild dogs, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, plains zebra, eland, the greater kudu, sable antelopes, giraffe, baboon, the velvet and blue monkeys as well as the black and white colobus monkey.
On the other side, the Great Rufiji River and its tributaries which are the main source of water for animals and vegetation can be observed. Around the river are the dark and thin forest, woodlands and a lake with long and old palm trees. Boat rides and walking tours can be organized in Nyerere NP.