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    What happens on a walking safari?

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    Who needs a game drive when you can experience a walking safari in Tanzania? Walking safaris have turned out to be a massive hit for tourists who want to be closer to wildlife and interact with the animals and African wilderness.

    For those who opt for Tanzania walking safaris, it’s set to become an amazing and thrilling experience.  Walking amongst the Big Five is almost exclusive to East Africa. Some of the few National Park destinations that specialise in walking safaris include:

    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area or Ngorongoro Crater
    • Serengeti National Park
    • Ruaha National Park
    • Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve)
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Lake Manyara National Park

    So, if you ever want to experience a walking safari, you can always pick any of these with an armed expert guide by your side for your safety.

    What is a walking safari?

    Walking safari

    If you want an authentic African adventure, a walking safari will give you just that. Walking safaris are adventurous activities where tourists embark on slow-paced, guided walks to explore various wildlife species in the bush or wild areas cautiously on a Safari holiday.

    The little details often overlooked on game drives become more evident from the slower speed personal touch of being on foot. Walking safaris generally last two to four hours and aren’t typically route marches!

    So you have decided to take on the African bush or experience a luxury safari. In that case, Easy Travel can provide a reliable guide and a scout from a national park to keep you safe.

    Thus, at least one person in the group will be armed to protect yourself and others with you from any dangers in the remote areas of the wilderness.

    Are walking safaris safe?

    Walking safari

    When doing walking safaris, dangers may be lurking. This is why it’s crucial to choose a reliable local tour operator to ensure you’re safe in taking on your dream safari adventure.

    At Easy Travel, our professional guides go through extensive safety and wilderness training and are armed for any possible threats that might be lurking. Furthermore, there’s a sense of union with nature on a walking safari, making every fiber of your being feel alert and alive.

    However, there’s no need to worry as you’ll have expert local guides and guards or highly-trained rangers – armed with deep knowledge of the bush and behaviors of its inhabitants and even a firearm for safety.

    While there are undoubtedly risks on any walking safari—as wild animals can be dangerous and unpredictable – the risks are kept to a bare minimum if you travel with a trustworthy local tour operator who uses camps and lodges with a highly experienced guide.

    How long are they?

    How long is a walking safari?

    If you’re into the big game and want to take short walks to see various wildlife – particularly the big five— walking safaris take place at the best national parks in Tanzania. You can do this in the Serengeti national park, Ruaha national park, Nyerere national park (Selous game reserve), and more.

    Typically, walking safaris take two to four hours of slow walking in the open wilderness to see wildlife at a good range. If you want to stay for a few days in the wild, you can always ask your tour operator to arrange a tented camp or lodge with fantastic views for your stay.

    It’s best to visit the walking safari in Tanzania during the dry season to get the best view of the bush, wildlife, the Serengeti, and more!

    What should I wear?

    Safari clothing

    Clothing recommendations will vary depending on the Park you are visiting, and the time of year, as naturally the dry months will require different outfits to the wet months. That being said the following is generally recommended for all walking safari tours:

    • Long sleeves and pants to keep your hand and skin protected from any elements and insect bites.
    • Neutral clothing colors.
    • Closed shoes.
    • Mild perfume or cologne if you want to wear some.
    • A Cap/Hat is usually recommended, to protect you from the sun.

    Still unsure what you need to pack? Take a look at our ultimate packing guide for more.

    What about my fitness level?


    When taking on an African Safari, you will be experiencing numerous remote locations that the animals run wild, and the terrain is sparse. 

    We have build out Tanzanian Walking Safari Tours in such a way that you do not need to be at peak fitness to join in on the adventures. 

    Average fitness is recommended, however we usually walk at a slow gentle pace rather than a fast trek. This is not only because of the terrain we will be exploring but also it gives us more opportunities to witness wildlife in their natural habitat.

    You can always stop to look at things that catch your interest and take a pause for a cup of African tea and something to chew on. Furthermore, in general, you’ll be walking in line with your guide or armed ranger at the front in the wilderness.

    So, regardless of your fitness level, it doesn’t matter as you won’t be alone on your journey. You’ll be with people who are mainly there to keep you safe and have an incredible walking safari experience!

    The best destinations to join a walking safari?


    Walking Safari tours have become a very popular adventure when wanting to witness wildlife up close and personal. 

    They are educational and mind blowing in so many ways, but finding the right destination for your tour also plays a major role on the experience.

    Easy Travel has been operating for over 35 years and have tried and tested numerous locations to ensure that only the best have been handpicked for your game viewing pleasure. 

    Of these locations the following are on offer and come highly recommended:

    • Ngorongoro Crater
    • Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve)
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Ruaha National Park
    • Serengeti National Park

    Whilst the above parks are recommended, another factor to take in, is the timing of year. Contact us today to see how we can help plan your walking safari tour and learn more about recommendations on timing. 

    Conclusion: Close to mother nature

    If you have a qualified guide, a walking safari can make for the most exhilarating African experience that Tanzania has to offer. It not only allows you the opportunity for close encounters, but it facilitates a complete new experience like no other. 

    And the best bit? It doesn’t have to be costly! You can book your stay at any budget accommodation or luxury accommodation and we will take care of the rest. 

    Just be sure to pack your favourite walking shoes, and get ready to have your mind blown by the endless number of wildlife encounters awaiting around every corner.

    For more info about the walking safaris experience and other African adventures, just contact us today!

    Musaddiq Gulamhussein - Owner - Easy Travel Tanzania

    About the author: Musaddiq

    Meet Musaddiq Gulamhussein, owner of Easy Travel Tanzania, a tour company creating life-changing safari experiences for over 35 years. Musaddiq has explored Tanzania, developing a deep understanding of the local cultures and traditions. Follow his journey and gain insights into the African Safari experience through Easy Travel's social media and blog.

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