Arusha Canoeing Safari
A walking safari is normally designed to fit into your safari schedule, and can be scheduled early in the morning or late afternoon when tropical temperatures are cool. Until recently walking safaris were offered mainly in the Selous Game Reserve and Wildlife Management Areas and restricted to a few National Parks like Gombe Stream, Mahale Mountains, Rubondo Island, Udzungwa Mountains, Kitulo, Mt Kilimanjaro and Arusha (Mt Meru) which may be extended into trekking. Today visitors can enjoy safaris on foot in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area including Ndutu, and within some designated locations in the Serengeti hitherto restricted to game drives and balloon safaris only.
The walks are guided and normally accompanied by an armed ranger. A walking safari is an excellent break from game drives, where visitors will learn some fascinating facts about nature, birds, reptiles, insects and medicinal uses of local plants, which you may not fully appreciate from the seat of your safari car. While the scents and sounds of the African bush are better sensed on foot, it is without doubt an adventure and a thrilling experience especially when the walk extends into wildlife habitats where encounters with freely roaming animals are the norm like in the Selous, Ngorongoro including Ndutu and Tarangire game parks.
WALKING AND CANOE IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK:
DAY 1: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK (WALKING)
After breakfast, your guides will pick you from hotel ready for safari to Arusha National Park. On arrival start your Tanzania walking safari at 08:00 accompanied by armed guide for safety and full explanation of Park’s treasures.
You have an opportunity to descend through Meru Crater. Where you will be able to see Uwanja wa Mbogo(Buffalo Glade); a natural glade that consists of marsh, bushes and streams.You will enjoy fantastic views of Ngarenanyuki Rive.Some of the wildlife that can be spotted here include includes; buffaloes, warthogs and giraffes.
At lunch time, take a break to enjoy your packed lunch, after which you will continue with your amazing nature walk through the Momella-Tululusia Waterfall trail. The picturesque waterfall is quite a rewarding scenery, with it’s height being approximately 28meters high. The steep gorge walls that have been created by falls itself are a home to the Red-winged Starlings. The Tululusia hill offers breathtaking views of the lower areas of Arusha National Park and the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. While you are along this trail expect to spot wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, Colubus monkeys, red duiker, Suni, Leopard, and Python among others. Return to Meru Simba lodge dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK (CANOEING AND GAME DRIVE)
Today you depart your hotel after breakfast. Drive to Arusha National Park to start your scenic guided canoeing safari following the shorelines of small and beautiful Momella Lake inside Arusha National Park. You will have an opportunity to enjoy close encounters with buffalo without being charged. You will also be able to spot giraffes, bushbucks, waterbucks; as well as witnessing a 600-species strong bird community; with good visibility you can enjoy fantastic views of Mount and Mt. Kilimanjaro from the exciting luxury of your stable two-person canoe.
After the canoeing safari proceed with half day game viewing in your custom made 4×4 tour vehicle. The Park’s rich and diverse wildlife include giraffe, burchell’s Zebra, white and black colobus monkeys, and herds of buffalo, bohor reedbuck, python, elephants bush buck, hippos and many water birds living in and close to the water.
Later in the evening drive back to town for dinner and overnight stay.
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