Top 4 Walking Safaris in Tanzania
One of the best ways to experience the African wilderness and all its wildlife is to take a walking safari under the watchful eye of a clever and experienced guide. The experience is unlike any other as you leave the safety of your vehicles and view nature up close.
Here are the top 4 walking safaris in Tanzania.
1. Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is known the world over for its open plains and millions of hoofed mammals. There are many visitors who come here for a game drive but what you may not know is that you could leave the car and set out on foot across the plains.
Some zones of the Serengeti are not open to safari vehicles and these wild places are great for trekking on foot. The dry season is best to head to the north of the Serengeti and view the wildebeest migration as they cross over to Kenya against the ready jaws of crocodiles in the Mara river. Not just wildebeest you will view zebras too attempting to cross the river and this happens like clockwork every year, a real wonder of the world.
2. Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is game rich and you can see animals at any time of the year. But if it’s a walking safari you are after, the best time is when the animals are congregating around the waterholes in search of a drink.
During the wet season, all the animals are dispersed far and wide making them a bit harder to spot.
However, you can see all of Africa’s big predators as well as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and others during the dry months of June to October.
3. Selous Game Reserve
The landscape in the Selous is thick with bushes shrubs and trees. However, the high number of hippo and elephants have created pathways over the years that lead to the waterways which makes walking through the bush much easier.
The soft sandy soil of the Selous game reserve also makes it easier to track animals as their tracks are clearly visible and use the same paths created by the elephants.
During the dry season, you can spot animals through the bush easily due to two main reasons. First the bushes have thinned out and second, the animals are now congregating at the waterholes. This is during the months of July to October.
However, if you still want to experience Selous in its bountiful rainy season, you can still walk through the bush and spot animals at every turn.
4. Katavi National Park
Due to the distance and time, it takes to reach there, Katavi national park doesn’t receive too many tourists. But make no mistake, it boasts some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Tanzania.
The best way to enjoy Katavi is in the dry season where the thickets, bush and trees have thinned out and immense numbers of hippo, buffalo and other large animals congregate at the waterholes and rivers.