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Overview

Vast, wild, untouched Africa…

If looking to embrace nature at its most authentic state whilst in Africa, then look no further than the newly established Nyerere National Park. Carved out of the legendary Selous Game reserve, famous to be the biggest wildlife conservation tourist safari park in Africa, the park covers an area of 30,000 km2 of land offering wide variety of wildlife habitats including Lakes, open grassland, acacia, Miombo woodland and riverine forests.

This park’s history and sense of mystique adds to its attractions. It was named after Fredrick Courtney Selous, a well renowned explorer and British Army Officer in the Royal Fusiliers. Selous was killed in combat along the Rufiji River, which flows through the Park. Today, it takes its name from Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, widely viewed as the father of the modern nation-state.

The beauty of this Park is carefully balanced from its topography. Nyerere National Park’s panoramic plains house a tremendous amassment of ecosystems ranging from golden grass, thick savannah forests, woodlands riverine marshes to ground water forests and boundless lakes. The fact that it was relatively untouched by humans integrates value to the place.

The Mighty Rufiji river

Integrating to the romance of this park is The Rufiji River, the most crocodile- infested inland waterway in Tanzania. Abaft this magical engenderment, is the river systems that flow into it from the surrounding highlands. As these rivers lose altitude, they move towards each other and convene to become the Rufiji river, the longest river in Tanzania. The Rufiji meanders its way towards the Indian ocean, and over time, this massive drift of water has chiseled features into the land such as gorges, lakes, swamps and marshes, all of which make for a histrionic landscape. The river systems magnetize and sustain a diverse range of wildlife and vegetation. With this type of high natural architecture, this incipiently established park remains one of the few places in Tanzania where it is possible to go on a boat safari along the river and its tributaries, an astonishing experience that gives you a unique perspective on the wildlife.


The ascendant vegetation of the Park is deciduous Miombo woodlands and the property constitutes a globally salient example of this vegetation type. Because of this fire-climax vegetation, soils are subject to erosion when there are cumbersomely hefty rains. The result is a network of customarily dry rivers of sand that become raging torrents during the rains; these sand rivers are one of the most unique features of the Nyerere landscape. Expansive components of the wooded grasslands of the northern Selous are seasonally flooded by the ascending water levels of the Rufiji River, creating a very dynamic ecosystem.

The reserve has a higher density and diversity of species than any other Miombo woodland area: more than 2,100 plants have been recorded and more are thought to subsist in the remote forests in the south


Dubbed the “Serengeti of southern Tanzania”, the sheer volume of game in the Nyerere is just outstanding. In terms of wildlife, one of the main attractions is the chance to optically discern African hunting dogs, which have become rare in other parks making it the last true stronghold for the African Wild Dog.

Sightings of large predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals and hyenas are mundane in this park. The Rufiji River that cuts through the park boasts a substantial population of African elephants by the banks as large groups of hippopotamuses and crocodiles lurk in the murky waters

As is the case with most reserves in Tanzania, the number of ungulates is also attractively high. The Nyassa wildebeest, the greater kudu, sable antelope, impalas, Thomson’s gazelles elands and hartebeests are very common in the rich southern forests. Large herds of buffalos, zebras, giraffes is also common.

What is nature without the musical and soothing melodies of birds? For birders or bird doters, there are more than 440 bird species having been spotted and recorded. Some of the birds that can be spotted here include the pink-backed pelicans, giant kingfishers, African skimmers, white-fronted bee-eaters, ibises, yellow-billed stork, malachite kingfishers, purple-crested turaco, Malagasy squacco heron, trumpeter hornbill, fish eagles, the Rufous-winged sunbird and Udzungwa forest partridge among many others.

 


The climate of Selous can be described as warm to hot and humid. Being so close to the equator, temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year. The period of October through March consists of the warmer months, while June to August are cooler. The Wet season occurs from November to May


Experience pristine luxury in the most serene and luxurious accommodation facilities in the midst of the most isolated wildlife in Africa. Designed to meet your circadian needs and contentment, these facilities range from hotels, lodges, safari campsites to flying camps. Stunning views are a given with most accommodation located along the Rufiji making your stay open to sundry activities close by.

There are only a handful of safari camps in this prodigious bulwarked wildlife sanctuary of Tanzania. Our accommodations have been culled with great care and attention. Minuscule scale, hospitality and quality are paramount. They vary in luxury but are all in pulchritudinous locations circumvented by nature and proximate to the animals.


  • Visiting Selous’ Grave
  • Boating Safaris:
  • Night Game Drives:
  • Walking Safaris & Marsh Walks:
  • Bush Meals
  • Sundowners:
  • Photographic safaris
  • Game Drives
  • Private guided safaris


By Air:

  • Flight time from / to Dar es salaam Airport to / from Kiba airstrip: 25 minutes

 

By Road:

  • From Dar es salaam to Nyerere National Park is about 250km via Kibiti



COVID – 19: Nisimulie Africa SOP’s

In light of the world opening up slowly amidst the current pandemic, we have been preparing to welcome tourists back to Tanzania by making changes to the way we provide our services. New SOPs are in place for every touch point and guest experience that characterizes your stay with us as your esteemed hosts. Our SOPs will be updated in line with the Government of Tanzania’s instructions to the tourism and hospitality industry. Our priority is to ensure that we provide the safest possible environment for our guests while providing top-notch safari experiences.

 

Standard Operating Procedures

1.     To keep social distancing, safari vehicles with 6-window seats will be redesigned to take only 4 people in the passenger cabin. Safari vehicles with 6-window seats will still be available for families wishing to travel together in one vehicle

2.   The driver-guide will be at hand to oversee guests observe the recommended physical distancing at park entry gates, museums, picnic sites, and while checking in at accommodation facilities.

3.   City transfer and safari vehicles will be regularly disinfected before picking up clients, especially the high-touch surfaces and seats

4.   Sanitizers (anti-microbial agents) will be provided in the vehicle for guests' use

5.   The driver-guide will take necessary personal protection precautions at all times. Guests are encouraged to come with their own masks; packaged masks will be available at an extra cost.

6.   Health condition of driver-guides will be monitored for not less than a week before being assigned to take clients on safari, including measuring body oxygen level (recommended 95% and above) and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees centigrade.

7.   There will be three health centers dedicated to COVID-19 rapid response and support network; one center will be in Arusha town (Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre), one in Karatu near Ngorongoro, and the third in central Serengeti at Seronera. Ambulances will be on standby.

8.   For clients needing more medical attention, Nisimulie Africa Tours and Travel will arrange evacuation by Flying Doctors. The Flying Doctors package covers evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi. We can also arrange evacuation to Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, a fine facility with high rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients. The evacuation to Dar es Salaam will involve some extra charges to be met by the patient. Clients are required to have medical insurance to cover hospitalization expenses. 

9.   The welcome briefing to guests will include details of our safety and hygiene measures in place and what is required of guests during their stay (including the use of masks and gloves and keeping safe distances from other guests).

10. Not limiting these procedures to ourselves, we work with other third-party suppliers who ensure and adhere to the set international standards of travel as defined by the Ministry of Tourism and WHO.

 

Game drives 

·      A maximum of four people will be permitted per vehicle with the exception of groups that   are travelling together.

·      Guides will wear face masks and gloves on arrival at the airstrip, when in the main area of the airstrip and when handling guests’ luggage.

·      Guests must also wear facemasks at the airstrip; however, this is optional while on the game drive.

·      Once the group has left the airstrip, the guide will remove the face mask and gloves to speak with guests, as the safety risk is greatly reduced outside of the airstrip.

·      Game drives will take place in safari vehicles, as usual, which will be disinfected after each game drive.

·      Hand sanitizer will be available for guests and guides and is to be used on arrival at the airstrip, on boarding the vehicle and throughout the game drive.

·      Guests are asked to sensibly practice social distancing throughout the game drive and if meals are served.

 

Communal Areas:

·      Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the camps and soap and individual hand towels will always be available in public bathrooms.

·      At the Bar: The barmen will wear facemask and gloves to handle drinks and snacks and serve on a tray. 

·      A staff member is assigned to regular sanitization duties of surfaces (including door handles, metallic surfaces, counters, etc).

·      Social distancing rules apply, and seating will be arranged to ensure at least one-meter distance between guests.

·      Dining:  All surfaces will be disinfected after each meal.

·      Pool water (where available) will be monitored to maintain a chlorine level between 1 to 3 parts per million and a pH level between 6.8 and 7.4 in order to provide a virus free experience.

·      In sitting areas and on sofas:

·      Guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Around campfire: guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Disposable towels and bins will be placed in strategic areas.

·      In harmony with our vision, our team has had a lot of fun working hard together to put our SOPs in place to ensure the safety of our guests. We are now ready to warmly welcome our guests back to Tanzania.

 

“Nature took a rest from the usual and is now more exquisite”

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