Great walking experiences require a good terrain, wildlife as well as knowledgeable guides. Tanzania fortunately offers all these to its guests, and is a perfect destination for memorable short, long hikes and safari walks in the beautiful reserves, or some days of walking and camping in breathtaking surroundings.
Walking safaris within Tanzania are definitely a very rewarding way to explore this African country. This is chiefly so because of the vast unspoiled wilderness areas filled up with overwhelming populations of wildlife with spectacular sights too. Imagine having a pleasant guided walking safari in the company of a professional and experienced guide, and spending the nights outside in camps placed in very perfect areas, so that they serve as the base from which you will explore the adjacent regions on foot. Among the walking safari guides normally used are the local Maasai who are well conversant with the surrounding areas, and these will detail you about the wonders of these African wildernesses.
Those looking for a calm guided walking adventure through the regions congested with wildlife should think of traveling south, this is so because walking tours are not allowed in the northern Parks in Tanzania. However there are splendid walking alternatives in recognized areas near Grumeti as well as Kleins. In addition you can enjoy a great scenic but with less sights of wildlife guided walk in the highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater or have longer walks through the vast Maasai plains.
The national parks as well as the reserves found in southern tanzania generally permit not only morning game walks but also afternoon game walks in the company of armed guides, with a number of them entailing fly camp escapades. Important to note is that the long extended portered treks that run for a number of days are today only conducted in Lukula found in Selous as well as River Sand.
Below are a few highlights about some of the destinations in Tanzania where you can enjoy memorable walks in the country.
Selous is not only the largest but as well the oldest game reserve on the African continent, and among the most spectacular wildlife habitats. The reserve has several rivers plus lakes, open plains and verdant woodlands; the Selous is absolutely very gorgeous. The reserve’s beauty is well harmonized by the good quality of the safaris offered here among which are walking safaris, boat safaris, plus fly camping. Among the wild animals you will be able to see in the selous are: elephants, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and a profusion of birds such as grebes, cormorants, darters, herons, pelicans, egrets, bitterns, hamerkops, storks, ibiese, geese, ducks, eagles, kites, ospreys, vultures and hawks among many others.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Considered by various people as one of the best destinations in Africa, the Mahale is a very spectacular destination that offers walking safaris. Extending from Lake Tanganyika’s shore, the Mahale Mountains National Park is habitat to several chimpanzee families and it is here that you can actually track some of the habituated wild chimpanzees. The other parts of the forest in this park are also home to various species of birds which you can always marvel at while on your walking adventures. Another great wonder worth sighting at in this park is Lake Tanganyika which is the second deepest Lake in the entire world.
Other detonations to enjoy walking safaris include visiting the Napopong hill to enjoy the splendid views of the sunset as well as Mountain Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak on clear days, Tarangire national park, the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara National Park, as well as the Olduvai Gorge.