Tanzania is a land of true African contrast. With such an ideal Location, on the periphery of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate makes it ideal for vacationing. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle. Equally, for outdoor lovers with a sense of challenge or rough vacations, trekking in Tanzania is ideal for you.
Tanzania walking safaris are undoubtedly very rewarding experiences in Africa. It is explained as the best way to discover Africa on foot. This is because of its vast un-spoilt wilderness areas thrilled with large concentrations of wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery. Imagine enjoying a walking safari led by a professional guide while staying in camps situated in ideal locations, forming the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas on nature walks. Superb guides include local Maasai, introducing you to some of the real treasures of the African jungle like Empakai Crater.
This walking will also take you along the rim of Empakai Crater to Mount Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron, You will visit several Maasai Villages like Bulati, Nainokanoka and Nairobi. You will spend you time in Kamakia, where you will have chance to take shower on the Nararesero River. Walking safaris are a wonderful adventure, designed especially for those who love walking. A good amount of conventional game viewing in vehicles is also included, but the highlights of Tanzania walking safari are the intimate moments you’ll experience in Tanzania’s very remote back country on foot.
In a land with such great and diverse walking destinations, you can be sure the amounts of options are in-exhaustible. Most professional travel companies have established proven track of itineraries but you will find tailor made packages more preferred depending on your interests, fitness and time. While trekking and also depending on the type of your trekking package, your will pick life time experiences that will outlive your ambitions. Some itineraries will lead you to fabulous views of Mt Kibo, the Shira Plateau or even Mt Meru on clear days. Spend the late afternoon meandering to the nearby Maasai village of Olmalog or simply relaxing in camp. A campfire using sustainable wood sources accompanies the dying light and sounds of the Maasai’s cattle heading back to their bomas give you a real African home experience.
During the morning walks, game viewing grows more prevalent and zebra often gallop away after approaching curiously. Giraffe, eland, impala and Grant’s gazelle are also usually seen. Picnic lunches are taken under the shade of an acacia tree, and there is then usually time to relax as the hottest part of the day passes over. So as to give you the reality of authentic Africa, some creative safari outfitters will pitch your camps under a set of huge acacia trees with sweeping views of the plains that head up to Kilimanjaro and as the sun sets you enjoy the scrumptious dinner prepared with locally fresh foods.
Some itineraries will include a fantastic walk to the top of Napopong hill where at its amazing peak you will be rewarded with great sunrise views and hopefully, the Uhuru summit of Kilimanjaro on clear days. This magnificent area is also credited for diverse birdlife and great wildlife encounters. Walking options may also spread as far as Tarangire national park where game viewing tracks meander along the great Tarangire River, one of East Africa’s famous “Sand Rivers” and whose rolling hills are dotted with ancient Baobab trees and dense woodlands, distinguishing Tarangire from most of the rest of the northern plains game parks.
In some packages, a relatively short and spectacular morning drive to the base of the Great Rift Valley is included where much of the day is spent in Lake Manyara National Park. This UNESCO biosphere is a relatively small park but with an amazing diversity of habitats. Ground water forest, open glades, plains, and acacia woodland create homes for a fantastic array of birds and mammals.
The most spectacular itineraries are those that include Ngorongoro crater rim walk. Mostly, it starts with a drive to the enchanted Ngorongoro crater with its truly amazing scenery. You will then continue round the rim, where a crew of guides, a ranger, Maasai and donkeys will be waiting. Begin a marvelous walk in this pristine Maasai land. The track takes you part way around the rim of the crater through open woodland and acacia forests. To your right are the remarkably spectacular views of the crater floor below, and to your left are the endless plains of the Serengeti. A very simple camp is set in a remote location where one of the important rivers off the highland volcanoes enters the crater.
After an early breakfast camp is packed up and the morning trek continues along the crater rim traversing the Olmoti slopes. The trail leaves the rain forest and cuts through grassland and open woodlands inhabited by local Maasai. In the late afternoon we reach a vehicle track which winds out of Ngorongoro crater towards Empakai crater. There are also options to trek in crater floor. This unique hundred-square mile wildlife paradise has a greater density of wildlife than sensibly any other protected wilderness in Africa. It’s the last place to see relatively easily free-ranging black rhino. There are numerous lions, and large families of buffalo. The plains gazelle seem inestimable. The crater provides a scenic wonderland famed by its central lake and many shore birds including at times large numbers of flamingo.
Optional Walking in Ngorongoro and Serengeti:
Most long treks culminate at the Serengeti with en-route stop over at Olduvai Gorge, the world re-known archeological site. The Serengeti is certainly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Walking can be done in some area Serengeti but in most of the area walking is prohibited due to security and conservation. Area like Ikoma, Mara Serengeti, walking is possible. But you can do also walking for several days in Ndutu, Olkarien Gorge and Piyaya in Ngorongoro. Here, your adventure camp will be placed seasonally to maximize game viewing. A whole day is set aside to explore this African jewel and following the recede and flow of life in its serial movements. There are also optional provisions to visit sacred Maasai sites and cave paintings. Simply, the Serengeti satisfies the most demanding imaginations of what Africa is, with its endless grassland plains filled with wildlife.
Day 1: Ngorongoro Crater Tour. We will come to pick you from Hotel in the morning and drive to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. Late afternoon we will ascend from crater and drive to Nainokanoka Village for dinner and overnight at Ranger Post Special Campsite.
Day 2: Olmoti Crater - Embulbul Depression - Bulati Village. In the morning you will take a two hours walk to Olmoti crater, Later descend and hike to Bulati Village via Embulbul depression. You will have a chance to see the third highest mountain in Tanzania Lolmalansini Mountain. But you will have several stops in Masai Villages.
Day 3: Bulati - Empakai Crater. Hiking from Bulati School to Empakai Crater. You will cross montage forest along the way before you arrive on the rim of the crater. Lunch on the rim of the crater before descending down the rim for exploring the crater. You will ascend from the crater and spend the night on the rim.
Day 4: Naiyobi - Mount Oldoinyo Lengai Base. In the morning you will leave the campsite and hike down the rift valley for 2-3hrs. You will arrive at the base and find jeep waiting for you. You will drive to Kamakia Campsite for dinner and overnight. Today you can have cold river shower. If you like you can climb Mt. Oldonyo Lengai, All arrangements can be done in advance.
Day 5: Lake Natron - Mt. Oldonyo Lengai - Arusha. If you did climb Mount Oldonyo Lengai, driver guide will come at the base to collect you and drive to camp for breakfast, then you will visit Lake Natron before driving to Arusha.
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