These safaris are individually tailored around each of our clients and accommodation is in large, comfortable tents, with en suite loo and hot water shower. Walking safaris can be for as long or as short as you wish them to be! Traditionally speaking, your safari is entirely conducted on foot, but these days, we can actually also include a combination of walking and driving too - which offers you the best of both worlds!
The days are spent out looking at wildlife, both large and small and smelling the scent of wild plants and admiring the fabulous trees that one finds dotted through the savannah plains – such as the Sausage Tree with its huge pods and the most beautiful flowers, or the Strangler Fig or the beautiful Yellow Fever tree. Learn about the homeopathic properties that the bark or the leaves are used for. Learn to walk downwind of a herd of elephant, keeping pace with them.
Feel the adrenaline pulsing through your veins. This is really what Africa is about! The views in both the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Highlands are simply breathtaking. Look right out, as far as the eye can see – so beautifully typified in the iconic film ‘Out of Africa’. At dusk, you will return to your camp, where hurricane lamps will be lit, welcoming you.
After a hot shower beneath the stars (the most wonderful part of a mobile safari), sit next to a log fire that will be burning and your favourite tipple handed to you. Reflect upon the most perfect day! The camps will move every couple of days, allowing you to explore new areas.
Not only does this allow one to stretch one’s legs and really feel a part of Africa, but the emphasis is on the cultural interaction between yourself and your Maasai guides, developing a rapport with them and finding out, for example, the difficulties they face with trying to maintain their culture in the twenty first century, and what it takes to become a warrior these days.
This is one of the highlights of northern Tanzania! One learns so much more on foot such as the medicinal properties of trees and plants as well as generally speaking, feeling far more in tune with one's environment and there is no noise or smell of pollution. Even better still, to time it alongside the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, is truly amazing to behold.
For information on walking safaris in southern Tanzania, which occur in the Selous, Ruaha and Katavi wildlife regions, click here.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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