Walking safaris in Tanzania

The best places for foot safaris in Tanzania

Tanzania has a huge variety of options for walking safaris, whether you're looking for short walks from camp or longer immersive multi day trips

Whether you're thinking of travelling to Northern Tanzania or the lesser visited south and west of the country there are excellent options for foot safaris in big game country

If you're looking for proper immersive walking safaris then in our view there are two areas to begin by looking at in Tanzania. 

The first is Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania - this beautiful park comes into its own between June and October and during this time offers game viewing that rivals pretty much anywhere in Africa. Head off on a multi-day foot safari and you're in the best possible place to experience the magic of this park. Expect few other tourists and an astonishing variety of wildlife, big and small.

The second area to consider is the Serengeti and the surrounding areas of the Ngorongoro Conservation area. In this part of the world the time of year radically affects where we'd recommend walking - from the northern wilderness zones close to where the wildebeest migration crosses the Mara River between July and October, to the beautiful landscapes around the Gol Mountains that come into themselves between December and May. Take a look at a walking safari in the Serengeti.

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Our experience as walking safari guides

In decades living in the African bush we've spent a huge amount of that time on foot. From leading walks and flycamps in the Selous Game Reserve to tip-toeing barefoot along dry sand rivers in Ruaha.

Rod Tether lived for many years in Zambia's North Luangwa National Park, where he owned and ran the legendary Kutandala Safari Camp. This little gem - built with sticks held together with string - was the base for exceptional walking safaris for many years. There he built a reputation that remains to this day as one of Africa's most respected walking guides. 

Rod is therefore better placed than most people to advise on when, where  - and indeed if  - you should go on a walking safari.

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Tanzania's best walking safaris

On foot in Ruaha National Park

A walking safari in the little visited eastern end of Ruaha National Park. Incredible wildlife on foot from a superb traditional camp

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Tanzania's best walking safaris

Serengeti Walking Safari

A six-day immersive walking safari through Tanzania's Serengeti, supported by light mobile camp

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THE LESS-IS-MORE FORMULA NATURAL HIGH ADVOCATES MAKES COMPLETE SENSE. LUXURY LIES IN EXPOSING THE SENSORY, INSTINCTIVE SELF TO THE SCENTS AND SOUNDS OF THE WILD ”

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Try a night fly-camping and get a taste of the wild before committing to a full on safari

A number of camps offer fly-camping as a one night excursion. It's a great way to put a toe in the water before heading off on a week long walking safari

Fly camping is minimalist camping par excellence.  Above all it’s about experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African night; myriad stars, the noise of elephant foraging near camp, the calls of hyenas, leopard and lion.  Frills are restricted to the essentials: good simple food, cold drinks and a comfortable bed-roll.  And there's a ranger of course so you dont need to fight the animals off with your toothbrush.

By day, you'll walk with your guide to a secluded location on a dry riverbed or island to find your camp set up.  In the evening you'll have drinks barefoot by the campfire, eat under the stars and sleep (if you can) in the wild as never before.  Few experiences better illustrate the idea that less really can be more.  Do it for a night, or as part of a longer walking safari.  Just make sure you do it.

Frills are restricted to the essentials: good simple food, cold drinks and a comfortable bed-roll. And there's a ranger of course so you dont need to fight the animals off with your toothbrush”

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Simple, Brilliant camps in Tanzania's Safari heartland

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Combine walking and game drives on an itinerary that covers the best of Northern Tanzania

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Walking safaris in Tanzania

Our Top 5 walking safaris in Tanzania

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A look at five of the best walking areas in Tanzania

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Walking safaris in Tanzania

Serengeti Walking Safari

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A seven-day immersive walking safari through Tanzania's Serengeti, supported by light mobile camp

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The Selous, with its small-scale changes from river to open plains, sand rivers, woodland and lakes is an environment that lends itself superbly to exploring on foot.

Combine with the extraordinary wildlife in Ruaha National Park and you have an itinerary that combines excellent game viewing, the chance to get out on foot for day walks and quiet areas away from the crowds

The perfect tonic to rattling around in a Landrover and one that gradually soaks in as you immerse yourself in the wild over a period of time. Walk in the cool of the day and spend the heat of the day lolling in deep shade, quietly watching game at a lakeshore, reading and even snoozing. Flycamp beneath the stars at night.”

Take a look at a Ruaha & Selous itinerary

 

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