Tanzania offers some of the most rewarding walking safari experiences in Africa. What better way to discover Africa on foot. It’s vast wilderness areas are unspoilt with large concentrations of wildlife found here. Enjoy 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.
12-Day ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ Tanzania Walking Safari Itinerary
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 this safari are the intimate moments you’ll experience in Tanzania’s very remote backcountry on foot. Superb guides include local Maasai, introducing you to some of the real treasures of the wilderness.
Day 1After meet and greet at Kilimanjaro Airport at Arusha, transfer to the Oasis Lodge, where you have the day for leisure. We’ll meet for an introductory briefing to clear last details of your Safari starting tomorrow. Dinner.
Day 2After breakfast we head to Tarangire National Park, where we reach around noon. We pitch our tents at a campsite in a remote area of the park. First impressions of an african landscape we get on an afternoon walk close to the park border.
Day 3 & 4Half day and full day Walking Safaris guided by an armed ranger, or game drives in the park. The park owns a rich bird life, depending on season you can see elephants, zebras, wildebeest and even lions. A visit to Tarangire, whatever the season, is full of experience.
Day 5Today we leave for Ngorongoro Crater, where we reach for lunch time. After a picknic lunch we descend to the crater floor by car, for an afternoon game drive. A game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater is one the most impressing Safari tours you can do in Africa. At evening we camp at a campsite at the crater rim.
Day 6Early morning departure to Olmoti Crater for a half day walk. Often we meet Maasai herders on our trek to the water falls of the crater.
At afternoon we proceed to our base camp at Empakaai Crater (special campsite). View the Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 7The views along the trail downwards to the crater soda lake of Empakaai are spectacular at every point. You are guided by an armed ranger. You might see buffaloes or bushbucks, blue monkeys and many birds. It is a joy to walk around the lake shore, experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. Surrounding the lake you will reach springs, where you often see lots of wildlife. In the lake there are many flamingoes. Overnight at the special campsite, Empakaai. 4-5 hrs, depending on how far you want to go.
Day 8From Empakaai we are starting the Walking Safari to Lake Natron. We descend the outer hills of the Great Rift Valley, walk through the open plains of the Embulbul depression, passing the village Naiobi, where you have the great opportunity to meet the local Maasais. Then we head to our campsite at Acacia. Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Meru are seen along the way. Donkeys carry our luggage. Overnight at the campsite Acacia (simple campsite without facilities). 6-7-hours walking, 15kms.
Day 9We proceed to Oldonyo Lengai the sole active volcano of Tanzania, the “holy mountain” of the Maasai. The trail leads down the Rift Valley escarpment, and it quite steep. After 5-6 hours of walking we reach the foot of the impressive mountain. Here you can decide if you want to camp at the Chini Ya Mlima campsite, or want to proceed to the Engaresero campsite, which is much more comfortable (showers!) and less hot. We can also pick you up by our car at the mountain, and drive you to the Engaresero campsite. (10-12 hrs walking, 20 kms for the whole walk)
Ngorongoro conservation area map
Day 10Around midnight we start to climb the mountain (to avoid the heat of the sun). After the steep climb we reach the top at sunrise at 2450 m height. From here we have great views of the surrounding landscape, Lake Natron, Mount Meru and even Mount Kilimanjaro.
The crater itself offers an unique spectacle. You can descend in the crater floor, everywhere it is bubbling and steaming, small volcanos inside the crater produce streams of molten lava. It takes 5-6hrs to reach the top, for the sunrise. Another 3-4hrs to descend. It is very steep, so it is quite a tough climb! After the climb we will pick you up and bring you to the Engaresero campsite.
Day 11Trek to the Ngare Sero River, who flows in the Lake Natron. In contrast to the surrounding dry landscape, here you can find a small paradise. After a strenuous walk up the stream, we reach the source of the river, in cascading waterfalls the river gushes out of the mountain. Overnight at the Overnight at the Engaresero campsite.
Day 12This day you’ll experience the culture and traditions of the local Masaai at Lake Natron. Your local guide will show you a Masai Boma and explain you the way the Masaai live, later on a traditional meal will be prepared. A goat will be slaughtered and roasted! In the evening we will bring you to Lake Natron, to see nestling flamingoes. Overnight at the Engaresero campsite.
Day 13Drive back to Arusha, where we arrive in the afternoon. Overnight and relaxation at the Oasis Lodge. Dinner.
9-Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari Itinerary
Ngorongoro Trekking TourThis walking Safari combines a walk through the scenic Crater Highlands with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the largest caldera in the world and is surrounded by steep walls rising from the crater floor. Elephant, buffalo, rhino, wildebeest, gazelle, the black-maned lion, cheetah, hyena and others can be seen at close quarters. Your walk through the Crater Highlands is a solitary excursion away from the beaten path. Waterfalls, breathtaking views of the Rift Valley and snow-capped Kilimanjaro and Maasai villages provide a balanced perspective of the safari experience.
Day 1Arrival Arusha overnight Impala Hotel/similar B/B.
Day 2At 7.00 am breakfast at the Hotel then leave Arusha at 8.00 am with lunch boxes with 4 x 4 wheel drive straight to Ngorongoro Crater for afternoon crater tour (Arusha to Ngorongoro 3½ hrs drive). Drive to Simba campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 3At 7.00 am breakfast, 8.00 am descend down into the crater floor for a short game drive. After a picnic lunch, drive to Nainokanoka campsite for the arrangements of Donkeys, Masai and Gun Ranger. Nainokanoka is a Maasai hamlet where the Munge River waterfall spills over the rim of the Olmoti crater. Dinner and overnight at Nainokanoka campsite.
Day 46.00 am breakfast. Leave after breakfast at 8.00 am, Walk from Nainokanoka to Empakai point (7.30 hrs trek, picnic lunch). Here, overlooking the great Rift Valley to the west, the views are breathtaking. To the east, Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro loom in the distance while Lake Natron and the volcanic cones of Lengai and Karamasi can be seen below to the north. Dinner and overnight at Embakai Crater Rim campsite.
Day 56.00 am breakfast. 8.00 am start trekking to Embakai Crater floor with lunch boxes (3.30 hrs) At 3.30 pm trek to Embakai crater Rim for dinner and overnight.
Day 66.00 am breakfast. 8.00 am walk from Empakai to Naiyobi, a friendly Maasai village and continue on to campsite (7.30 hrs trek, picnic lunch). Dinner and overnight at the Acacia tree campsite.
Day 76.00 am breakfast. 8.00 am walk from Naiyobi to Lake Natron (7.30 hrs trek, picnic lunch). Lake Natron is the only known breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes. Dinner and overnight at campsite.
Day 87.30 am breakfast. After breakfast, walk to Mt. Oldonyo Lengai then descend to Natron (10.00 hrs trek, picnic lunch). Dinner and overnight at Ngaresero camp.
Day 9After breakfast drive back to Arusha.
6-Day Selous Walking Safari Itinerary
The Selous Game Reserve is located South West of Dar es Salaam, and is one of the largest areas set aside for preservation anywhere in the world, totaling 54,000 Sq. Kilometers! This spectacular setting is the home of some of Africa’s largest populations of remaining wildlife. The Safari Company offers you the very best of the Selous with two types of exciting walking safaris.
Explore Tanzania’s wilderness on this cultural walking Safari off the beaten track. Highlights are Tarangire National Park, the Empakaai and Olmoti Craters, the sole active volcano of Tanzania Oldonyo Lengai and the Lake Natron with its huge populations of flamingos and a beautiful waterfall. While exploring the wilderness on game drives by car and by foot, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet different ethnical groups, and you will be fascinated by their knowledge of the nature and traditional way of life.