5 awesome walking experiences in Tanzania
5 awesome walking experiences in Tanzania
“Drives in game vehicles looking for animals is fine, but give me a walk in the bush any day. Stepping in the dust, touching the plants, listening to the sounds of birds, insects and animals as you walk, feeling the sun on your face, is a far more three-dimensional way to experience Africa.” - Jacqui Goodwin, director, Active Africa.
1. Walk the Craters
Ignore the boring zoo of tour busses crowding the crater floor, and walk the Ngorongoro crater rim. Navigate through forest thickets onto open grassland with beautiful views of the crater, your only companions being the locally resident Maasai cattle and their herders.
The smaller and more hiking-accessible Empakaai Crater boasts steep, densely forested slopes to the crater floor. Large numbers of flamingos and other water birds inhabit the shores of an 85 metre (280ft) deep soda lake, while a wide variety of wildlife such as baboons, monkeys, hyena and leopard can also be found.
Stay at: Nomad’s Entamanu Camp on the wilder Ngorongoro side of the crater rim – this tented eco camp which has amazing views of the craters and the Serengeti plains, leaves a very light footprint on its bush environment, yet is extremely comfortable.
2. Walk in Mto wa Mbu village
The village is situated near the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park, with its tree-climbing lions, abundant birdlife named and long drawn lake fed by the water flowing down from the escarpment of the Rift Valley. Visit the village on foot or cycle there, get to know the locals and enjoy a local meal of banana beer, rice and corn.
Gibbs Farm – everyone’s favourite, this farm is a warm sanctuary deeply rooted in African culture, and offers well-appointed suites, beautiful views and feel-good experiences.
And Beyond Tarangire Treetops - is a secluded camp on the border of the Lake Manyara national park, with spectacular views of the lake, Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful Rift Valley wall. Its décor is characterful and stylish and the accommodation is luxurious.
3. Serengeti extreme backpacking
If you are up for a real adventure, try a two-week, almost unsupported, backpacking hike through the Serengeti. Accompanied by a ranger and guide, hikers are supported with food drops at strategic points, but other than that you walk and camp in the wild and you’re on your own. Your route will depend on what you want to see and will be customized for you. Not for the faint hearted, these hikes offer an authentic bush experience.
4. Lake Eyasi cultural experience
Lying between the Eyasi escarpment and the Kidero Mountains, Lake Eyasi is a remote and different from the main tourist stops in Tanzania. Depending on the rains, the lake varies in size, supporting massive populations of waterbirds including flamingos and pelicans in the wet season (June – November).
Walk the stark lakeshore, delve into the traditions of the Datoga and Barabaig people or join the nomadic Hadzabe tribe to go foraging and hunting. You may bring back wild honey, fruit, or wild game when available.
Kisima Ngeda Camp – located on the shores of Lake Eyasi, the camp overlooks the soda lake, conservation area and the escarpment.
Legendary Mwiba Lodge – secluded and sophisticated, Mwiba is set among massive stone boulders, coral trees and acacia trees, overlooking the Arugusinyai River gorge. The design mixes the traditional and contemporary, and the experience is one of luxury adventure in a secret hideaway.
5. Serengeti green camps walking safaris
Really get into remote bush areas of the Serengeti and follow the wildebeest migration while still enjoying high levels of comfort. These walking safaris operate with dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for 2 people. You sleep on comfy cot beds with cotton duvets and cotton sheets. The bathroom is a small distance behind the tent. Toilets are shallow pit latrines and showers bucket showers. The food is delicious and you eat under the stars. All the Green Camps are environmentally sustainable - 100% plastic free, use solar powered light, recycle and loads more.
These are our favourite experiences! Talk to an Active Africa consultant to find out more.