Tanzania has a huge variety of options for walking safaris and things to do, whether visitors are looking for short walks from their camps or longer immersive multi-day trips in east Africa.
Why go on a walking safari in Tanzania?
Walking safaris offer guests a different perspective on the magic and awe of an African safari. In the company of trained park rangers and professional guides, visitors can access special areas which are not typically open to the public.
This includes walk-in areas such as black rhino zones in the Serengeti and other unique opportunities to see the Great Migration on foot across remote bush lands on mobile safaris, as well as meeting local tribes for some additional cultural engagement.
Visitors can also enjoy the peace and tranquillity a walking safari brings, surrounded by wildlife and nature, without any engine revving disturbances.
Tours can also be customised per the guest’s preferences for particular animals including leopards, elephants and more on the pristine lands.
What will I see on a walking safari?
The main focus of a walking safari experience is to embark on slow paced, guided walks exploring different wildlife and big game species and landscapes in the bush.
Depending on the type of walking safari, visitors may see elephants and leopards up close in the Serengeti in northern Tanzania or on a week-long walking tour of Mahale Mountains National Park, home to some of the largest populations of chimpanzees in the world.
Guests can also opt to explore the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater rim and Rift Valley or the beautiful Lake Manyara.
In Katavi National Park, visitors can trek across plains exploring the large herds of Cape buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, and elephants, as well as predators such as hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs.
Visitors can also have the choice of going on both walking and Jeep safaris or a combination of the two. Reviewing the recommended Tanzania vaccinations is advised prior to travelling to Tanzania.
When to go on a walking safari in Tanzania?
Walking safaris are possible in Tanzania throughout the year. Where to walk in any given month is more nuanced as Tanzania is a huge country and its sheer size means that its climate varies considerably within it, as well as year on year.
Understanding the best time to visit Tanzania for a walking safari is important as this can impact accommodation, flight prices, availability and the weather that visitors can expect on their safari.
As a rule, the long dry season lasts from June to October across the country – rainfall is rare and this is generally considered the best time for a walking safari in most areas.
If walking on the Serengeti, it’s more about where the migration is and where you can catch up with the wildlife without the crowds.
Cost of a walking safari in Tanzania?
The price of a walking safari package is difficult to estimate given costs can vary depending on the time of year, type of accommodation and how secluded it is, locations travelled to, activities selected and add-ons selected.
Walking guides for such safaris can start from USD $40 per person for short walks to $4,000 for a multi-day overnight trip. Carrying a small amount of Tanzanian currency, the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) is recommended as back-up when paying for smaller items. Visitors can also review further details on overall Tanzania safari prices here.