WALKING SAFARIS

WALKING SAFARIS

A walk through the African bush is a wonderful way to experience Africa intimately.  Smells and sounds became distinct and varied smaller creature and gain significance.  They are no longer simply rushed past in the race for the bigger game. When lorger animals do appear, they are met at eye level; the land is truly shared between hu.. ..and animals.  Safety is not an issue – since all walks are accompanied by arrived, experienced guides and game rangers.  Walks may be for almost any length of time; a few hours or a full day with a picnic lunch.

SAFARI TIPS

  • Dress in natural colors like brown, beiges or lchaki,. Shorts or trousers and short sleeved shirts/blouse or T- shirts in cotton, are generally preferable. Light woolens may be required in the evening or early morning especially in the northern circuit.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are ideal in the bushes especially for walking safaris.
  • Sunglasses, hot suntan lotion, fresher – up towels and mosquito repellant creams are a must.
  • Carry a camera, plenty of film, replacement batteries and binoculars.
  • Baggage should be kept to a minimum soft bags are the best.

A DAY WALKING SAFARI IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK.

Depart Moshi at 7; 30 am to Arusha Park Momella gate – a distance of about 58 km from Moshi town.  After payment and registration, the adventurous tourists, start walking and explore the African wildness on foot.  This is a rare opportunity in African parks and reserves.  A small group of adventurers accompanied by an armed ranger as a guide go deep into the bush exploring the wilderness in some scenic spots, where large herds of buffalo, giraffe and zebra may be seen.  This is probably the best way to experience the heartbeat of the Arusha Park.

Picnic lunch at noontime and the walk back to the Momella gate to board/catch your special jeep for an afternoon game drive along Momella lakes in your way back to Moshi/Arusha.  The Momella lakes offer plentiful bird watching opportunities.

The price for the tour is US $ 120 per person

This price includes:-

Special jeep with pop up roof for game viewing, park entry fees a driver guide, packed lunch and an armed park ranger as a guide during your walk.

This price does not include:

Hotel accommodation before/after safari, tips for the driver and drinks.

WALKING SAFARI ON USAMBARA MOUNTAINS.

The Usambara Mountains situated in Northeastern Tanzania are part of the Eastern Are Mountains that run from south eastern Kenya to Southern Tanzania.  Usambara Mountains have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in terms of their richness in biodiversity and endemicity.  Among the 19 species of The African violet, 15 of them are endemic in the Usambaras.  The IUCN has named them as one of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots”

ACTIVITIES

They include: Nature trail waling, Trekking, Mountain, biking, Cultural programs, Bird watching and Forest and Garden tour.

ACCOMMODATION:

They include:

  • The Amani Conservation Centre Rest House,
  • Sigi Rest House.
  • Amani Rest house
  • Mullers Mountain Lodge
  • Swiss Farm Cottage
  • The Lawns Hotel
  • The White House Annex
  1. Hotel/Lodge Safari

The price for this tour is US $ 120 per person per day.  This price includes: transport from Moshi/Arusha to Usambara Mountais and back, hotel accommodation at Lushoto, 3 meals a day and all other activities there.

This price does not include: Hotel accommodation before and after safari, tip for the driver and guides.

  • IT IS RECOMMENDED TO SPEND 3-5 DAYS TOUR OF THE USAMBARA MOUNTAINS.
  1. Camping Safari: (Campsite stay)

The price for this is US $ 100 per person per day. This price includes; transport from Moshi/Arusha to Usambara Mountains and back, camping fees, camping equipment, 3 meals a day a cook and all other activities there.

This price does not include: Hotel accommodation before and after safari, tip for drive, guide and cook and drinks.

WALKING SAFARI IN NGORONGORO CREATER HIGHLAND AND OLDONYO LENGAI

The peaks and crater of seven extinct volcanoes in Ngorongoro creater an inspiring and challenging landscape for hikers. Another active Volcano- Oldonyo Lengai the (Mountain of God as by known by the Maasai) stand just outside the border.

Day 1: 8:00 am transfer from Mto wa Mbu from Moshi/Arusha

The walk will start at market where you will meet a chagga family producing banana beer. Then the part take a walk northwards, passing through many different farms. On your way as you walk along you will get in depth information about various fruit and vegetable grown in the area. Mr. Philipo and a farmer from Kigoma will show you his oil press machine and tell you about his development organization called ACT. Furthermore you will be able to visit the sunflower seed production farm where you will have an opportunity of taking marvelous picture of colorful sunflower field with the Great Rift Valley as a background.

The Papyrus Lake Tour

This walk starts 5km north Mto WA Mbu where the Miwaleni waterfall pouring down from the rift Valley wall have created a green oasis. Passing across some little streams, you will walk in the direction of the Papyrus Lake, from where the Rangi people collect plant materials for making mats and Baskets. From the Papyrus Lake your walk through the rice farms leads us to Sandawe families a Traditional society who still make and use traditional bows and arrows for hunting. The walk can be extended with a climb over the water falls on the Rift Valley walls.

Day 2: Balaa Hill tour

Starting from Mto WA Mbu, you walk northward along the foot of rift valley wall. The peasant in this area usually grow banana of different variety from which leave provide pleasant shade. As you walk away from the Mto wa Mbu Township Centre passing through various farms peasant will give you some explanation about the irrigation methods used in the area. Then eventually you start climbing the Balaa Hills (ie the hills of misfortune) and in about 20minute you will enjoy the beautifully view over the green oasis of Mto wa Mbu village.

While at the top of the hill got the guide will explain to you how the hill got its mysterious name. The walk can be extended with a visit to Njoro spring, one of the main water source for the area and to nearby waterfall.

Overnight at Fig campsite.

Day 3: at 8:00 am drive to Ngorongoro with picnic Lunch

After a short game drive in the crater, proceed to Nainokanoka, where the part will spend night, ready for walking safari next day. Arrangement for donkey, a Maasai guide and a ranger are done here.

Dinner and Overnight at Nainokanoka Campsite.                                                                                          

Day 4: Depart from Nainokanoka Campsite for Elbouruburu at 7:00 am  with picnic lunch

The walk takes 6hrs you will be accompanied by ranger, some donkeys a Maasai Guide and cooks, heading towards Lake Natron and Oldonyo Lengai Mountain (active Volcano)

Dinner and overnight at Elboruboru campsite. 

Day 5: After breakfast leave Elboruboru depression for Empakai (a 6hrs walks)

          Picnic lunch in rout

          Dinner and overnight at Empakai campsite

Day 6:  After breakfast start a descend into Empakai crater

            The tour takes about 4 – 6 hours including a return walk to

            Empakai campsite (picnic lunch in the crater).Dinner and

            Overnight at Acacia tree campsite.

Day 7: After breakfast leave Empakai campsite for Acacia tree campsite

           (5 hrs walking) Picnic lunch en route.  Dinner and overnight at

           Acacia tree campsite.

Day 8: After early breakfast leave Acacia tree campsite for Lake Natron’s

           Kamakia camp site.

           Picnic lunch en route.  Dinner and overnight at Kamakia

           Campsite.

Day 9:  After breakfast walk and visit water falls (possibly with picnic lunch).

            Afternoon return to Kamakia campsite. Dinner and overnight at

             Kamakia campsite.

Day 10: After breakfast drive to Longido at the SNV project on Maasai life

             Picnic lunch en route.

             Dinner and overnight at SNV project campsite.

Day 11: After breakfast, a walk to the refuge of birds such as weavers,

             Sunbirds, barbets and turaces.

             Lunch at the campsite.

             Dinner and overnight at Longido campsite.

Day 12:  After breakfast, start a walking safari from OL Tepesi to

Kiokouwa, along a narrow Maasai cattle trail that winds over the slopes of Longido Mountain.  In 2 hours time you gradually start

climbing Mt. Longido from the plains. On clear day you have beautiful views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru.

             Lunch at the campsite.

             Dinner and overnight at Longido campsite.

Day 13: After breakfast drive to Arusha for shopping

             Lunch in Arusha, after shopping.

             Then drive to the Airport or Transfer to the border.

End of Safari

The price for the above tour is us $ 90 per person per day.

The price includes: transport, park entry fee, camping fee, 3 meals a day, guide fee, donkeys charges, donkey owner fees (Maasai) and village contributions.

This price does note include: hotel accommodation before and after safari tip for driver, cook and guides.


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