​Best Time To Visit – Nyerere (Selous) NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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Wildlife viewing in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) is best from June to October, during the Dry season. Wildlife is easier to spot in the thinning vegetation and animals gather at the Rufiji River and its associated lakes and lagoons. The scenery is lush and green in the Wet season, from November to May, but afternoons can be unbearably hot. Many lodges are closed from April to May.


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Best Time June to October (Easiest wildlife viewing)
High Season June to October (The tourist area around the Rufiji River gets crowded)
Low Season March, April and May (Many lodges are closed from April to May)
Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather March and April (Peak of the Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • Spotting animals is easier since they gather around water and there is less vegetation
  • It rains very little and most days are sunny
  • Humidity is lower and the heat isn’t overpowering
  • It is dry and dusty
  • The main tourist area gets very busy

November to May Wet Season

  • The scenery is beautiful and green
  • It is low season from March to May and prices might be discounted
  • Excellent bird watching with migratory birds present from November to April
  • Some game-drive tracks become muddy and hard to travel on
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the Dry season
  • Most lodges close from April to May
  • It is very hot and humid

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