Imagine walking on the same path as an elephant or other wildlife whilst on a safari holiday. You can hear a lion roar from afar and smell the bush all around you. Walking safaris in Tanzania will awaken your senses and are one of the purest wildlife experiences. On foot, you become a part of the wildlife, rather than a spectator.
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What You Need To Know
Walking safaris in Tanzania differ in several ways. The best time to visit will depend on the area you will be walking through and what you want to see. Tanzania has fantastic game viewing throughout the year, but some months are better than others. From December to March migrating wildebeest herds are on display in the Serengeti, a truly magnificent sight and one of nature’s greatest marvels.
The two official languages in Tanzania are Swahili and English making communication relatively easy. You can get a Swahili interpreter if you choose, but English is widely spoken.
Tanzania’s local cuisine is varied and it’s advised to sample some of the local dishes. Having said that, many hotels and restaurants provide cuisines from all over the world. Tanzanians love seafood, so freshly caught fish, shrimp or crab is bound to be on the menu.
The country is one of the safest in East Africa, but you need to be careful on the road. Even though safari areas are relatively safe, criminal activity is still reported like in any other country.
When to go largely depends on the type of walking safari you’d like to have. If seeing the great wildebeest migration is at the top of your list, then June and July are best. However, game viewing is best in the dry season from late June to October and if the wildebeest calving season appeals to you, then January and February is good to go.
Sunscreen and lip balm
A warm sweater or light fleece
Sunglasses and a hat
Windbreaker or waterproof jacket
Walking shoes or boots
Flashlight or headlamp
The weather in Tanzania doesn’t vary much throughout the year, with an average daily temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, dropping to about 15 degrees in the evening. The main difference between the seasons is the humidity and annual rains. The rains normally start at the beginning of April and run to the end of June. The humidity will vary throughout the year and the driest and hottest periods are in June to the end of October.
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ndutu Safari Lodge
Serengeti National Park
Selous Game Reserve
Tarangire National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Popular Walking Safaris in Tanzania
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
Because of the slower tempo and lower angle of being on foot, minor elements that are neglected on game drives become more evident.
No, but you would need an experienced safari guide for your walk. It is not recommended to walk out on your own on a walking safari in Africa.
Yes, all guides have intensive wilderness and safety training, and they are equipped wherever a potential threat may exist.
Ruaha National Park is one of the world's most beautiful national parks and is located in Tanzania.
The Selous Game Reserve is a protected area in southern Tanzania.
Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash comfortably.
Generally, there is an en-suite private shower stall within your tent with a “rainfall” style shower head at which you can control the water flow. Outside the tent, there is a large waterproof bag or bucket which is filled with about 10 to 15 litres (5 US gallons) of hot water before being raised with a pully/rope system to either connect to the shower pipe or fill a cistern.
The water is delivered at the ideal temperature so it is best to use it as soon as it arrives. Staff typically fill the showers at a pre-arranged time of day, or you simply need to give them a few minutes notice so they can get it ready.
The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects.
English is the second official language and the country's commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher education institutions.
You will find that the majority of the people that you come in contact with are fluent in English and have a surprisingly good command of the language.
June to August during the dry season, is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park. This season is great for game drives, picnics as well as rock hiking.
June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime.
July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes.
June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers - making it easier to spot them.
For optimal wildlife viewing opportunities, Tanzania is best visited during the dry season months of June - October. However, if you'd like to see the wildebeest migration, a visit during the months of January and February puts you in the middle of the calving season, a period where the herds give birth to their newborn calves.
The dry season months of June through to November are the best times to visit the Tarangire National Park, as most of the animals will head towards the Tarangire River to remain hydrated, providing travellers with excellent game viewing opportunities.