This is our 01 Day safari from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park; one of the best wildlife areas in Africa! Welcome and enjoy this amazing shared group day tour from Zanzibar at the best prices.

Nestled in the southeastern heartland of Tanzania, Nyerere National Park stands as an emblem of Africa’s raw and untouched beauty. Formerly recognized as the Selous Game Reserve, this sprawling sanctuary stretches across an impressive 30,000 square kilometers, earning the esteemed title of one of the continent’s most expansive protected zones. Awarded the honor of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nyerere National Park is more than just a haven for wildlife – it is a testament to the region’s commitment to conserving the rich tapestry of African ecosystems.

For the discerning traveler, a journey through this park is an unparalleled adventure, weaving through vast grasslands, dense forests, and the winding channels of the Rufiji River. Its diverse landscape is home to an equally varied range of wildlife, from the gentle giants; elephants, to the elusive predators – lions and wild dogs. And while the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro might dominate Tanzania’s tourism headlines, Nyerere offers a more secluded and intimate wildlife experience, making it a sought-after destination for those looking to escape the well-trodden paths.

When you immerse yourself in the wonders of Nyerere National Park, you’re not just embarking on a safari – you’re diving deep into a world where nature remains dominant, and humanity is but a humble guest. With its unique blend of biodiversity and serene wilderness, Nyerere National Park is a shining beacon for ecotourism enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, and anyone keen to experience Africa in its purest form.

How to get to Nyerere from Zanzibar

Starting from Zanzibar, one can catch an early morning light aircraft flight to the park, a journey that typically takes around 1 to 2 hours depending on the day’s route by the flight company. Upon arriving, the vastness and untouched beauty of the park become immediately evident. The safari often kicks off with a game drive in an open vehicle, allowing tourists to witness the park’s wildlife up close. Common sightings include elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, buffaloes, wild dogs, and various antelope species. As the park is less frequented compared to Tanzania’s northern parks, visitors often feel a deeper sense of connection with nature, enjoying their sightings without the interference of numerous vehicles.

FAQS on the 1 Day Safari from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park

How do I get from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park?

The most efficient way to travel from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park for a day trip is by a light aircraft flight, which typically takes around 1 to 2 hours. During the peak season from July to October, we offer this day trip through a charter flight directly to Mtemere Airstrip within the park.

What wildlife can I expect to see during my safari?

Nyerere National Park is home to a rich diversity of animals including elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards, buffaloes, wild dogs, and various antelope species. Additionally, during a boat safari on the Rufiji River, you might see crocodiles, hippos, and numerous bird species.

What’s the best time of year to visit?

While Nyerere National Park is open year-round, the dry season (June to October) is considered the best time for wildlife viewing. During this period, animals tend to gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

Can I go on a walking safari during my day trip?

It is only possible to go on a walking safari at Nyerere National Park if you are going on a private tour though due to time constraints, we do not recommend that. Our shared safaris do not include a walking safari.

Will there be a chance to eat while on the safari?

Yes, This Day tour to Nyerere includes a packed lunch, so you will have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic sites or a hot lunch at Selous Safari Lodge.

Is it safe to travel to Nyerere National Park?

Yes, Nyerere National Park is generally safe for visitors, especially when traveling with us. However, as with any wildlife region, it’s crucial to follow guidelines and listen to your guides to ensure a safe experience.

What should I wear and bring with me on the safari?

Wear comfortable and neutral-colored clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sturdy shoes. Bring essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera, binoculars, and a refillable water bottle. Remember, it can get chilly during early morning game drives, so layering is recommended.

How much does a 1-day safari to Nyerere National Park from Zanzibar cost?

The cost of the 1 Day safari from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park starts from USD 450 per person including the return flight and return transfers at Zanzibar; from the beach hotels and back. This price is for the year peak season of 2023.

You can get in touch with our experts to get current prices and special offers.

Additional information

Duration1 Day
DestinationSouthern Tanzania
LocationNyerere National Park (Selous)
DeparturesDaily Departures (June – October)

1-day safari from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park – Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park (Selous) - Fly back to Zanzibar

05.00 Hrs: Early Morning: Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel. A designated driver will transfer you to Zanzibar Airport, the starting point of your journey to the wilds of Nyerere National Park, formerly Selous Game Reserve.

06:00 Hrs: Board your domestic flight, brimming with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. This flight will take you from Zanzibar to Mtemere Airstrip, at the main gate to Nyerere National Park.

09:00 Hrs: After touchdown at Nyerere National Park, formerly Selous Game Reserve, and after a short briefing, you will start your safari right away. Your guide will lead you through game drives tracks in the park, in search of wild animals.

10:30 Hrs: Mid-morning break. Take a moment to enjoy a coffee or tea break, letting the beauty of the surroundings truly sink in.

12:30 Hrs: An authentic safari experience calls for an authentic safari lunch. Relish a meal amidst the wilderness, with tables set up specially for this bush lunch.

15:30 Hrs: As the day advances, your safari game drive comes to a close, leaving you with a treasure trove of memories. You will be taken back to Mtemere Airstrip where you will check in again for your flight back to Zanzibar.

16:15 Hrs: Begin your journey back to Zanzibar Airport. Reflect on the day’s experiences as you soar through the skies. Your flight will take approximately 1 hour.

17:05 Hrs: Arrival at Zanzibar Airport. A transfer will be waiting to escort you back to the comfort of your hotel, with plenty of memories from the Wild Selous which is now known as the Nyerere National Park.

Please note that this tour is a shared safari that is available for booking from 1st June to 30th October; the Peak safari season in Tanzania.

If you wish to book this in a month other than June – October, please contact our safari experts for a private 1-day safari starting from Zanzibar.

1-day safari from Zanzibar to Mikumi – Prices

1 Person in a group safari – USD 450 per person sharing

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES ARE ON REQUEST. Private tours are offered using Scheduled flights which are about higher than the Charter flight prices.

Package Inclusions:

Round trip flights between Zanzibar and Selous.

Expertise of a professional English-speaking guide.

Meals as detailed in the itinerary.

Provision of mineral water to keep you hydrated.

Access to all the mentioned activities.

Covers all national park entrance and activity fees.

Comprehensive transportation solutions for all scheduled transfers.


Any alcoholic or soft drinks.

Visa processing fees.

Gratuities and tips for the staff.

Personal expenses, such as souvenirs.

Travel insurance. It is advised to secure one before embarking on the trip.

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