To walk through the African bush is to experience Africa close-up. Smells are suddenly subtle and varied and every sound has significance.
Birds and butterflies are individuals, noticed and studied, not simply rushed past in the race for the bigger game. And when the larger animals appear, they are met at eye level, standing on the same earth. Safety is not an issue – armed, experienced guides and game rangers accompany all walks. Your camp is packed up and transported to the next location by different methods: pick-up truck, porters or donkeys. The camping style tends to be lightweight and extremely mobile. You will walk for several days, traveling like nomads across the African bush often miles from any roads or tracks.
Walking safaris – the best way to get close to nature
When out on a safari in Tanzania one spends a lot of time in a vehicle. Of course this method allows safari-goers to observe wildlife while remaining in a safe environment. Sometimes you may be surprised on just how close some animals will let you get. Take Tarangire National Park for example. It is a great place to see African elephants and these gentle giants are used to vehicles and their presence does not really bother them.
In most of the national parks and game reserves it is prohibited to get out of your vehicle which of course makes sense if you think about it. Most wild animals in Tanzania are well acquainted to cars. To them they are a normal occurrence and as long as you are inside they will not bother you.
Walking safari in Tanzania: the most authentic safari experience
“In every walk in nature one receives far more than one seeks.” – John Muir
Walking safaris are the purest form of safari. Walking in Tanzania is completely different to game driving. On foot you are a participant in the world of wildlife rather than a spectator, a thrilling and unbeatable safari experience.
Feel, hear and smell Tanzania
Imagine, you walk on the same path as the elephants and other wildlife, you feel the wind through you hair, hear a lion roar in the distance and smell the bush and wildlife. Your senses awaken, as you become part of your environment and the wilderness becomes more real.
Wildlife up close and personal
While animals will generally ignore you in a vehicle, they see you as another type of animal when you are on foot. Getting up close and personal with wildlife is definitely a rush of excitement. Walking is also a great way to appreciate the smaller wildlife, which can’t be so easily seen from a vehicle.
Access remote areas on foot
On foot you can walk into remote areas and reach places that a safari car can’t. Once on foot, you are not constrained by roads and can go almost anywhere you like. Away from the crowds, off the beaten track. It offers you a freedom incomparable to any game drive safari.
Pioneer in walking safaris
Wayo Africa is a pioneer in setting up walking safaris, particularly in Serengeti National Park. Only a handful of companies have been granted permission to enter this park on foot. The regulations stipulate that an armed and qualified walking guide from the operating company must accompany all walks. An armed ranger from the National Park will also join every walk.
Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro
We offer a wide range of walking safari options, so you can tailor your walking safari to be exactly what you want and nothing you don’t. These walks are absolutely one of the best and most memorable African experiences on earth!