What Happens on a Walking Safari In Tanzania
Feet. On. Ground. You’re in it now. You’ve dropped into safari on foot. Look. Smell. Listen. Your experienced guide is never far away and he’s leading you along a trail hemmed by lush forest. To your right, three fluorescent birds sing a melody aside an 85-foot strangler fig tree that stretches toward blue sky.
“Walk as though you were kissing the earth with your feet,” said Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. Walking is intimate. Walking grounds you. Walking puts you in direct contact with elements. Also, because much of the safari experience is required to be from the safety of a vehicle, a walking safari is always refreshing. Oh, and how about that e-word (hint: exercise)? It’s too easy to lose your exercise regimen on vacation, so walking gets your limbs moving.
A Walking Safari Is The Traditional Way
If you are interested in the most authentic version of safari, then you better go on foot. See, modern safari is a recent phenomenon. Long before the advent of comfy Land Cruisers and trusted roads, all safaris were on foot. Colonialists would set out into their natural surroundings in the African bush and encounter wild animals with no safari vehicle to give protection. Nor did they return to luxurious, comfortable safari lodges! When you go to one of Tanzania’s national parks, we recommend balancing game drives with walking safaris to ensure maximum exposure to wild animals during your time in East Africa.
The Modern African Safari: Cruising in Style
Today, Easy Travel safaris come with customized Land Cruisers , four-wheel drive, coolers full of icy beverages, and air conditioning. For a modern Tanzania adventure, these vehicles seem necessary. But can you still walk with the wild things? Can you still travel like the original safaris did two hundred years ago? You bet.
Types of Walking Safaris
Whether you join Hadza Bushmen for a late afternoon foraging walkabout or gentle strolls into primordial craters filled with flapping flamingos, Easy Travel will take you there. We always have an experienced guide on the walk to ensure you return to your safari accommodation safely. Our safari experts will also ensure you experience some beautiful animal sightings.
Is A Walking Safari Safe?
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide on every walking safari who knows the area, the animals and all the safety measures required to ensure your safety.
What To Know Before Going On A Walking Safari:
Know your fitness level and which routes you want to go on as each hike differs in length. It would be a good idea to do a little bit of research about each area and the experiences they offer you.
Here are some options:
Arusha National Park
Walking Safari in Arusha National Park
Accompanied by a park ranger, we will choose from a number of routes, depending on what this small but beautiful park has to offer today and how far you might want to walk.
You might also have the chance to visit one of the park’s picturesque waterfalls, such as Talulusia, as it plummets 30 metres down to a rocky base.
Lake Eyasi is located in the Great Rift Valley, southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater. Its salt-water levels experience dramatic changes with the seasons: in years with little rainfall, the lake can almost disappear. Near to the shimmering lake, we will first experience a hunting trip with the Hadzabe, the last hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, before visiting a local blacksmith as he practises his craft, fashioning pots and weapons from scrap metal.
Lake Natron: Waterfall Walk
Only a short distance from Lake Natron itself, we follow a narrow gorge that carves its way through the escarpment wall, crossing and re-crossing the rushing stream that carries waters down into the valley.
Lake Manyara National Park: Lakeside Walk
Accompanied by a ranger, we take the opportunity to walk along the lakeshore of Natron. To the north of this shallow lake lies Kenya, while away to the south is the brooding shape of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still-active volcano.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Walking Safari at Empakaai Crater
We set off after breakfast, an early departure to pick up our armed park ranger and then reach the Empakaai Crater rim. From there, we walk down to the crater lake, keeping our eyes peeled for points of natural interest along the way.
Southern Circuit: Walking Safari in Selous
Learn how to identify elephant, lion, giraffe and zebra’s tracks. Learn how to hear the sounds of the birds, you will be amazed to learn about the different trees in selous. Being this close to nature may be a whole new experience for you, but the memories will stay with you forever – of that we are sure.
Tarangire National Parks: Walking Safari in Tarangire
Up close and personal: that could be the motto for a walking safari, and Tarangire is a fantastic location to again leave the comfort of your safari vehicle and enjoy the landscape on foot. With a Park Ranger for safety and accompanied by your expert driver-guide, you will be amazed at how much more you can learn from a couple of hours walking in the bush.
That’s A Wrap!
Ready to walk the walk? Easy Travel is a locally owned company full of experienced guides and flawless records of safety.