8 Days Walking Safari

Best Time

Mid-May to September and December to Mid-March

Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Overview

This safari program gives you an opportunity to explore the African terrain on foot bringing you to the closest point to nature and the people of Tanzania in their real lives and hustles. We would like your feet to exercise and give you a feeling of real Africa rather than being in a 4×4 the whole day which is exhausting at some point. This adventure includes walks in the wilderness like parks, game-controlled areas, villages and local farms or our growing towns for those who would like to experience and learn about our rich African cultures. Our walks are between 2-6hrs suiting all ages.

We have made this program flexible by having a variety of itineraries that suits your time and budget. You will be able to explore a variety of destinations and game drives in the most famous parks like the Ngorongoro crater, Tarangire, L. Manyara and the Serengeti national parks and visits to villages, farms, growing towns and the bushmen (Hadzabe)\Maasai people who still value their cultural practices.

The best time for the program is between mid-May to September and December to Mid-March.  The Africa Experience on foot Safaris has been made flexible to suit your time limits and budget which also determines the destinations one can visit.

 

SAFARI ITINERARIES:

Day 1: WALKING IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

 Leave the hotel in Moshi\Arusha at 07:00hrs and drive to Arusha national park. It takes approx. 1.5hrs from Moshi and 45min from Arusha to the park gates. You will have a little game drive as you head to Momella gates where your ranger will be waiting to start your 4-6 hrs. walk into the most remote zones of the park. After the walk your guide will have made your table ready for lunch and after exercising your jaws, you embark on your jeep for some game drive before leaving the park at 16:00hrs and drive to Arusha where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: THE TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (The Elephant paradise)

You will be picked by your guide from the hotel at around 07:30hrs. and drive to Tarangire national park which takes approx. 2.5 hrs. covering 120 km. The huge trunked trees (the baobab) welcome you to the park which are the major attractions together with huge herds of elephants seen scattered in the variety habitats of the Tarangire national park. We also have antelopes, lions, leopards and more than 350 species of birds and hence a great site for the bird lovers. The park is normally hot between 30-35 degrees at most annually. You will have a picnic Lunch and later at around 16:00hrs leave the park and drive to Karatu or Manyara town for your dinner and overnight.

Day 3: FULL DAY HIKING THE EMPAKAAI CRATER

The breakfast will be served at 06:00hrs and leave the camp/lodge at 07:00 and drive to Ngorongoro gates located at 14km from Karatu or 45km from Manyara town. After registration you will start your drive to the Empaakai crater located at 84km from the main gate. The crater is 300m deep, 6km wide dominated by an alkaline lake at the base hosting flocks of flamingo and other water birds. The crater is also dominated by an evergreen thick forest around its inner and outer walls hosting buffaloes, buffalos, bushbucks, waterbucks, leopards and birds. Hiking Empakaai takes approximately 5 hrs. 

After the hike you will drive back to Karatu/Manyara for your dinner and overnight.

Day 4: THE NGORONGORO CRATER/ SERENGETI N. PARK

Leave the camp/lodge early and drive into the Ngorongoro crater where more than 25000 animals including the rare black rhino will be waiting on the crater’s floor. Your lunch will be served on the crater’s floor and at around 14:00hrs leave the crater and drive to the Serengeti national park located at approx. 78km from the crater. Upon entrance, you will have an evening game drive to the lodge/camp at within the Centre of the park for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN THE SERENGETI.

Leave the camp/lodge at 07:30 hrs. after a full breakfast and head for the day accompanied by your lunch that will be served at a place of your guide’s choice or picnic site. All the wildlife dramas and surprises end at 18:00hrs when your guide takes you back to the camp/lodge to meet again your stomach engineer who has been preparing something to feel your bellies before you go to sleep.

Day 6: SERENGETI TO THE GREGORY RIFT FLOOR (L. Natron)

Leave the camp and drive 84km to Klein’s gate with game drive en route. After exiting the Serengeti, 140 km drive still need to be covered along the Gregory rift floor to the lake Natron basin. The stunning views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s most recent active volcano welcomes you to the area. You may have an optional sunset tour to the lake depending on time limits and interests. You will then drive to the camp/Lodge for your dinner and overnight.

Day 7: FULL DAY EXPERIENCE ON THE GREGORY RIFT’S FLOOR.

Today you have an early breakfast at 06:30hrs before starting an hour or so walk to the lake’s basin whose shores are dominated by pink color and noisy flamingos. The walk takes about an hour or so. After enjoying the beautiful scenery and a walk along the lake, you return to the camp/Lodge to relax until midday when you will have your lunch.  Your afternoon waterfall and swimming hike starts and you will be back to the camp/lodge in the evening for your dinner and overnight.

Day 8: LAKE NATRON TO ARUSHA/MOSHI/AIRPORT.

Leave the camp/Lodge after breakfast and start your 220km drive through the dusty rough roads to Arusha/Moshi with a packed lunch.

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