The Julius Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserver) is the largest uninhabitated protected area in Africa.
With an area of more than 45.000 square km. it has a wide variety of wildlife including some very rare birds. The reserve derived its former name from hunter-explorer Frederick Coutenary Selous, a keen naturalist and conservationist as well as a hunter in the area. Selous was killed in the first world war in the Beho Beho region of the Reserve. In 1982 the Reserve was declared a world heritage site under the World Heritage Convention by UNESCO.
In 2019, it was decided by the Government of Tanzania that the northern part of the reserve will form the a new national park to be known as the Nyerere National Park, in honor of the first President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere. This new park now falls under the administration of TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority).
Julius Nyerere National Park is characterized by variety of vegetation zones ranging from dense thickest forest to large open wooded grasslands, the Ruffiji River with its lagoons, sandbanks and lakes are the main futures in Julius Nyerere National Park which create a very unique and good environment for tourist attractions.
The tourist season for the Julius Nyerere National Park covers the dry season months of June to November, although some camps remain open untill March.
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