Walking and hiking safari

Contrary to popular belief, a Tanzanian safari can include a number of walks and hikes.

This is an itinerary idea for those wishing to incorporate a good deal of hiking and walking into their Tanzania safari.

Day 1: You’ll arrive in Arusha and overnight here. Make sure you get plenty of rest before the journey begins.

Day 2: Fly to western Serengeti where you’ll have just enough time for a short game drive prior to lunch. After lunch you’ll do another game drive and, depending on the time of year, will get to follow the wildebeest migration.

Day 3: An early morning start for a walk in Kuka Hills – Kuka Hills has the highest point in the Serengeti at 2100 m (6890 ft). This is a moderately strenuous walk that can take anywhere between three and five hours, depending on fitness levels. You’ll then come back for lunch at your camp before heading out for an afternoon game drive.

Day 4: Today is a full day dedicated to game driving. You’ll head out early with packed meals and follow the resident wildlife and, depending on the season, wildebeest migration. This is an excellent opportunity for photographs. You’ll dine and overnight at a mobile camp – near the wildlife activity.

Day 5: An early morning start today as you’ll be heading out of the Serengeti and driving to  Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll have lunch at your lodge before heading down to the Crater floor. Here you can see the ample wildlife at the basin. You’ll return to your lodge in time for sundowners on the crater rim. Overnight at your lodge on the Crater rim.

Day 6: A very early morning start today to get you to the crater when the Ngorongoro Crater gates open. You’ll spend the morning in the crater and enjoy a picnic lunch in the Lerai Forest. After lunch you’ll head out and overnight in Karatu.

Day 7: Today is a serious walking day. An early start is needed to allow for the 19 km (11.8 mile) walk ahead. Today’s walk takes you up the craters rim, through lovely lush forest, to the open crater highlands. Your walk passes along rivers where you’ll enjoy the local birds and monkeys. It is also possible to see larger animals off in the distance. After about six hours you’ll stop to rest and eat on the crater rim. You’ll then drive back to Rhotia Valley to relax and enjoy dinner.

Day 8: After breakfast you’ll drive to Arusha, with a stop at Lake Manyara for some game viewing. In the afternoon you can do a hike up Mt. Meru. There are a few options at this point depending on time allowance, fitness level and preferences. The first option is end the trip here and head home the next day. The second option is to hike up Mt. Meru, which takes four to five days in total. The third option is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, which also takes four to five days. For the uber fit and time-rich, there is the option to do both!

All itineraries can be tailored to include hot air balloon ridesZanzibar trips Kilimanjaro treks or safaris to parks in southern or eastern Tanzania.