10 Days Ultimate Serengeti Walking Safari

Country

Tanzania

Duration

10 Days

Price

On Request

Best time

All year round

Overview

Don’t what to spend all your safari on a vehicle? This tour will make you step outside your safari vehicle. This tour includes the walking expedition from the Ngorongoro Highlands right into the heart of the eastern Serengeti. You will walk in the footsteps of Maasai cattle herders. You will discover an experience that is far away from graded roads and into the wilds of Maasai land and parts of the Serengeti seldom seen by visitors.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Ngorongoro for the game drive inside the Crater before stepping out of your vehicle for more than 4 days of walking experience into the bush. The walk will Begin in the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will walk around the northern rim of the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, dropping down into the vast Salei Plains. Walk from here past the Gol Mountains, Pride Rock, and the majestic Barafu Kopjes, one of our favorite spots in the eastern Serengeti.

Highlights

  • Incredible views of the Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Amazing bush experience with the maasai
  • Watch wild animals on foot
  • Amazing game drive in world’s largest caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater

Summary

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Duration

10 Days, 9 Nights

Minimum age

The minimum age required for this tour is 16 years.

Destinations

You will visit Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Zanzibar

Guiding Language

English, Spanish, French, and Germany speaking guide available

Accommodation

Mid-range lodges and tented camps

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Customization

This tour can be customized

Popular Activities

Game viewing, Cycling, Walking safari, hiking, Balloon safari, Mountain Biking

Tour Type

Private group tour

Start & End

This tour will start and end in Arusha

Departure Dates

Flexible for any departure date

Group Size

Maximum of 6 people per open-sided, pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

Fitness Level

Medium

Day to day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Arusha

Our Safari driver will pick you up from the airport to the hotel in Arusha. At the hotel, you will get a briefing on the next days of adventures.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

After a very early breakfast, today we will leave in the morning and drive to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. You will descend more than 2,000 feet on steep tracks cut into the crater wall to reach the open plains of the Crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the best place in Tanzania to view black rhino as well as large pride of lions that include magnificent black-maned males. It is also home to huge herds of wildebeest and zebra and many other plains game. An alkaline lake on the floor of the Crater provides a habitat for colorful flamingo and a variety of other water birds. Massive bull elephants feed in the swamps, some adorned with enormous tusks. We will have our picnic lunch at the hippo pool and later in the afternoon drive back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Nainokanoka Village, Cultural Interactions

Today you have plenty of time to meet and visit the Maasai boma and experience their traditions. 

here you have an optional activity; You can meet with the Maasai guide who will take you for the short trek up to Olmoti crater and down to munge falls, munge it’s the Maasai words for the black and white colobus monkey. 

Day 4: Walking, Olmoti Crater to Eastern Serengeti Plains

After breakfast early in the morning, on this day your adventure walking experience will begin. You will depart will your expert walking guide, just after sunrise. You will hike down the side of the Olmoti Crater and walk eastward toward the Serengeti plains. As there are no roads here, the experience is very adventurous and unique. You will pass through some small Maasai settlements and cattle herdsmen wrapped in their bright red shukas walking across this high country. Since this path is closer to the national park, You will also have a chance to see wildlife including buffalo in the forested areas, various species of monkeys, and, of course, plentiful birdlife. Early in the afternoon, you will reach your next fly camp for your overnight.

As there will no vehicle on this path, the tent and camping equipment will be carried in by donkeys. You will enjoy a hearty dinner cooked over the campfire in a private natural environment, as well as some spectacular stargazing if it’s a clear night.

Day 5: Salei Plains

Day 6: Olkarien Gorge

Today, you will hike through the spectacular Olkerien Gorge while the fly camp team relocates the camp the other side of the mountains. The gorge lies to the east of the Gol Mountains and is a key nesting site for the critically endangered Ruppell’s Griffon vultures. Enjoy views of the large volcanic dome of Ol Doinyo Lengai on the horizon from here. This will be an incredible day of walking through varied terrain, enjoying the fact that you haven’t seen another soul for several days. The rarity of being able to explore this part of the Serengeti — and the lack of camps and vehicles in this region — make this adventure all the more special.

Day 7: Nasera Rock

After an early breakfast, you will continue on the day’s walk, crossing open plains along a large floodplain. Along the way, you may encounter & meet with the Maasai cattle herders bringing their cattle to water. Your next fly camp for the overnight will be at the edge of the plains located at Nasera Rock.

Day 8 - 10: Serengeti National Park

From day 8 to 10 you will be heading to Serengeti National Park. You will spend two days east some game drive before your driver-guide transfer you to Seronera Airstrip to fly back to Arusha for your further international flight arrangement.

Inclusions

Price includes

  • All Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All transfers
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary
  • All park fees
  • All Transport on Safari in 4 x 4 open-roof Land Cruisers
  • Bean bags
  • Complimentary transfer from the Airport on arrival & departure
  • An English-speaking professional safari guide
  • Mineral water
  • Unlimited game drives

Price Excludes

  • All excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at the camps or lodges
  • International flights
  • Laundry Service
  • Medical Insurance
  • Post night accommodation in your arrival
  • Rescue Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Walking safaris

Good to know

Getting there

Country information

Overview

  • Official name: United Republic of Tanzania
  • Country Currency: Tanzania Shilling
  • Population: 56 million (estimated)
  • Capital: Dodoma
  • Political stability: Stable (No historical civil wars since its independence in 1961)
  • Location in Africa: East Africa
  • Dialing code: 255
  • Timezone: GMT +3
  • Language: Swahili and  English. Kiswahili is the official language, although English is widely spoken in commercial areas including the major parks and reserves. The terms Swahili and Kiswahili are used interchangeably, though the term Swahili normally refers to the people while Kiswahili refers to the language.
  • Total Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)
  • Religion: Christian, Muslim, and traditional beliefs
  • Longest distances: 1,223 kilometers (760 miles) from north to south; 1,191 kilometers (740 miles) from east to west

Electricity supply, travel plugs & adapters

  • Plugs & Adaptors: Tanzania use plug type G and plug type D
  • Electrical supply: 240V

Transactions, Credit Cards & ATMs

  • Most tourist-class hotels quote rates in US dollars, and many will expect to be paid in USD currency.
  • Airport taxes and national park fees are paid in US dollars.
  • ATMs are available in all big Towns and Cities.
  • You can use your credit card to withdraw money from ATMs (You will get only local currency)
  • Most ATMs accept visa and master cards only
  • You can also use your credit card in some places, but you might be charged a fee of 4% to 5% of the transaction.
  • You can use your credit card for making payments to some of the big hotels, but most small hotels and restaurants accept cash only.
  • Foreign currency can be changed into Tanzanian Shillings at any bank or any Bureau de change (forex bureaux)
  • Bring banknotes printed in 2006 or later as notes printed before 2006 are rejected by most banks and bureau de changes.
  • Most banks operate from 08.30 am to 17.00 on weekdays and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday.

Tanzania Visa

Most travelers coming from America, Europe, and Asia will require a Visa before they visit Tanzania. If your country is on a list of the visa-free country for Tanzania, you won’t be required to apply for a visa, you will have to undergo immigration formalities at the entry point upon arrival.
Learn more about visa applications, a list of visa-free countries, types of visas, and more on this link

Weather & Climate Conditions

Tanzania has a tropical climate with variations depending on altitude. In the higher regions temperatures can range from 10-20°C throughout the year whereas in the lower regions temperatures rarely fall beneath 20°C. Humidity increases closer to the coastal regions. The hottest period of the year tends to be from October to February. The two main rainy seasons are between March to May and November and February.

Additional travel information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Malaria, Immunization & other safety information

 

Malaria

Tanzania has a tropical climate and different bacteria, flora, and fauna. It is advisable to take a few health precautions when traveling to make sure your trip goes as comfortably and smoothly as possible. Malaria is usually top on the list of visitors’ worries, and prevention goes a long way towards keeping you protected. Make sure to visit your doctor to get a prescription for the anti-malarial drug the best suit you.

Food & Hygiene

If you eat every meal you are offered, anywhere in the tropics, you will undoubtedly become ill. Be selective. Possible disease hazards range from minor bouts of travelers’ diarrhea to dysentery and more serious parasitic diseases that may ruin your trip, so precautions are worthwhile. Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly cooked, and is served hot.

Water Purification

Only drink water that you know is safe. Don’t drink tap water or brush your teeth with it, stick to bottled or canned drinks – well-known brands are safe. Have bottled mineral waters opened in your presence, and regard all ice as unsafe.

Immunization

Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include those against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow fever, Rabies, and Meningitis.

It is always best to seek advice on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.

Wildlife Viewing

All Tanzania national parks are protected by park rangers. If you are on an organized safari then you will be very safe as your guide will always be there to ensure your overall safety. The only thing you have to do is to follow the park’s rules that you will be directed by your guide.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

 Payments  & Tour Confirmation

  • This tour will be confirmed upon the receipt of 20% of the total price, the remaining payment should be paid 45 days before this has departed.
  • Full payment is required if this tour has been booked in less than 45 days before departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation will be confirmed in writing or by emails and it will be in effect upon receipt.
  • 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled 45 days prior to the tour start date.
  • 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled less than 45 days prior to the tour start date.
  • 100% loss of deposit will be effective if the cancellation received 20 days prior to the tour start date.
Visit our Terms and Conditions page for more details

Travel insurance

We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. We recommend World Nomads’ travel insurance but feel free to use any insurance company of your choice.

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to visit Tanzania?

Tanzania is a politically stable, multi-democratic country with no recorded civil war since its independence in 1961. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people who eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Hotels are safe and have watchmen.

As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as not walking alone at night, not walking with a large amount of cash in streets as well as locking valuables in the hotel.

How much does a Tanzania Safari Cost?

Personal interests, the company you use and the time that you are planning to visit can determine how much you are expected to spend on safari in Tanzania.

If you are planning for a standard guided safari, the price per day can go as low as $200 per person sharing, for vising parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

The debate of how much can a safari cost also goes with the level of service. From the above example, a typical budget safari can even go as low as $150 per day per person sharing, and it can go up to $1500 per day per person sharing, for luxury or high-end safari.

Please contact us to get the actual price based on your itinerary.

How can I get a Tanzania visa?

You can get a Tanzania visa by using an online application procedure through the immigration website. We advise each visitor who is planning to visit Tanzania to apply for a visa in advance of their trip. All visa applications should be done on the Tanzania immigration office website (www.immigration.go.tz ). You should also note that the only website to apply for Tanzania’s online visa is www.immigration.go.tz. Tanzania immigration does not recognize any agent or website that claims to be a Tanzania visa application center.

Upon the submission of your application, you will expect to get feedback from two to three weeks, so make sure you apply as soon as possible before the departure date of your trip.

You can also get a visa on arrival, but we highly recommend the online application so as to avoid some delays at the airport as the procedure might take up to two hours.

An ordinary single-entry (tourist) visa costs $50 and $100 for a multiple entry visa.

What are the don’ts and do’s when visiting Tanzania?

Tanzania is a developing country with many kinds of people, the educated and the uneducated, and so on. If you are coming from a developed country, don’t come with the mindset that you know everything as there also people who are well educated there. Generally, just behave in a proper manner like talking & smiling to people, helping them and so on. These are very few practices but they will help you to have a great experience when you visit.

The most important thing is to follow the rules especially when you are in the parks and in this case, just listen to your guide on what you are supposed to do. Off-course we don’t ask you to accept everything, there are other situations that might need you to take action by using common sense.

However, this should not bring fear to you, Tanzanian people are overall a very nice people. We just want to prepare you to have the best experience when you visit this beautiful country.

When is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania?

Most national parks in Tanzania are accessible throughout the year. If you want to have the best wildlife safari experience, it better to visit in the drier season. It is easy to sight animals in the drier season because of short grasses, which make it easy to spot small or short height animals.

The best time to visit Tanzania for a wildlife experience is from June to October which is a dry season. January and February (hot season) can also provide the best animal sighting options though in some of the parks it might not as best as in the dry season.

The best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro is from January to March and also from June to October.

The best time to visit Tanzania is highly affected by the type of trip and activities that you want to experience in Tanzania.

Please contact us to get an idea of which time in a year you should visit Tanzania based on your interests.

Are there any flights to Tanzania?

From Europe to Tanzania

There are several flight options from Europe to Tanzania. If you are coming from Europe, there are only two direct routes from Europe to Tanzania. You can either use KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that fly daily to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro from Amsterdam or Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

Apart from direct flights, there are dozens of alternative e-routes like Addis Ababa, Cairo, or Nairobi.

Nairobi options tend to the most favorite for alternative routes. Kenya Airways has direct flights from London or Amsterdam to Nairobi, and it has daily departures from Nairobi to Tanzania. Other Nairobi options include Swiss Air from Zurich, British Airways from London, and Air France from Paris.

You can also connect to Dar es salaam through Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa, Oman Air from Muscat, Qatar Airways from Doha, Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi, Egypt Air from Egypt, and Emirates from Dubai.

 North America to Tanzania

Travelers from North America can get into Tanzania by flying directly to Johannesburg from New York (JFK) or Washington-Dulles with South African Airways. You can also fly from Atlanta with Delta Air Lines then connect with South African Airways to Tanzania.

Alternatively, You can en route through Instabul or Amsterdam. Turkish Airlines has direct flights from more than 10 cities in North America to Instabul, then from Istanbul, you get a direct flight to Tanzania. This also applies to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, but you will have to use Amsterdam as your en route to Tanzania.

Asia to Tanzania

If you are coming from Asia, visitors can a link with Air Tanzania which flies directly from Mumbai to Dar es salaam.

Kenya Airways has up to three direct flight links with Bangkok, Hanoi, and Mumbai to Tanzania.

There are also optional en routes via a hub in the middle east using Emirates, Etihad, Omar Air, or Qatar Airways.

From South America and Australia

There is no direct flight from these two continents. The most common option is to en route via Johannesburg, then to Tanzania by using South African Airways.

Alternatively, other best options are either Europe or the Middle East by using Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, KLM, Etihad Airways, or Qatar Airways.

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