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Serengeti Walking Safari | Tanzania Walking Safari

Serengeti Walking Safari | Tanzania Walking Safari

Serengeti National Park Walking Safari

The emphasis on this trip is on quietly exploring the wilder areas of the park on foot, well away from any crowds. Serengeti has a number of different wilderness areas where we can offer walking. During the dry season – between July and October – we are likely to be in the far north of the park. This is the time when the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River and there are times when this can be observed on foot as one of the wilderness zones lies along the banks of the Mara River in the far northwest of the park. Seeing a crossing does of course require time, patience and a healthy dose of luck.

Later in the season as the herds move southwards walks are moved to the central area of the Serengeti – a stunning area of gently rolling hills and valleys with scattered woodland and river lines and interspersed with large smooth granite outcrops (known locally as kopjes) which make the perfect platform on which to spend the heat of the day watching the wildlife below.

Getting to Serengeti


The recommended point of entry is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which lies between the towns of Moshi and Arusha. The airport is located about 200 miles from the park’s southern entrance. There are a couple of international flight options such as KLM (daily), Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines (a couple of times per week). 

Kilimanjaro International Airport also has daily connections with Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya, which offers more international flight possibilities. Additional airlines such as British Airways, Emirates and others fly into Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Please note that arriving at Dar es Salaam may require an extra overnight and a domestic flight on a small regional airline with luggage restrictions.

Nights under the stars 

Night times in the Serengeti are something never to be forgotten – under a panoply of stars you will be serenaded by the sounds of the African night; the roar of lion the braying of zebra or the insistent frog like croaking of the giant herds of wildebeest as they graze slowly around and sometimes through your camp by night.

Accommodation:

One of the great joys of this safari is your camp. Authentic safari tents, tables under the stars and meals en-plein air. Simplicity itself, transformed into luxury by the extraordinary surroundings and the efforts of your dedicated crew who are there to cook for you and to take care of all the chores.

Walking schedule:

Generally your day will start with a light breakfast to get you walking around 06:30h. Our camp cook will prepare a packed breakfast that will be enjoyed on a rock or next to a stream somewhere out there. Your guide will aim to have you back in camp before its too hot for a sit down lunch. Afternoons are generally spend like the animals with eyes closed in a shady place. As the day cools down you set off on a shorter afternoon walk to enjoy an African sunset.

Serengeti  frequently Asked Questions

We recommend four days and three nights as the minimum time to gain maximum benefit from a stay at Serengeti Bushtops. This gives you the chance to explore in all directions, from the heart of the Northern Serengeti, with each adventure balanced by time spent at leisure. The longer you stay, the more you’ll see.

The best time to visit the Serengeti is from January to February or from June to October. However, the Serengeti’s density of wildlife offers a spectacular safari experience no matter what time of the year you visit.

You can enjoy Serengeti for two days as Minimum, 2 days is plenty to see, hear and experience the incredible wildlife and sights of the Serengeti. The number of days needed to properly do a Serengeti safari can range from 2-4 days to 1-2 weeks, depending on how much time and budget a visitor has.

RECOMMENDED SAFARI CLOTHING:
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Long-sleeved shirts (for protection from sunburns)
  • Shorts
  • Light long pants or convertible long-short pants
  • Warm fleece pullover or jacket
  • One swimsuit
  • Cotton socks and underwear
  • Pajamas
  • One pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • One pair of sandals or flip-flops
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Bandana (for dust)
  • Heavy sweater, gloves, and toque if traveling in the cold season (June – August)

Central Serengeti; The heart of the Serengeti National Park delivers superb game viewing throughout the year and is home to a great selection of safari camps and lodges. The area offers good access to all the Wildebeest Migration hotspots and supports a high density of plains game, leopard, cheetah and lion.

YES! So many factors to consider, to mention one; Serengeti National Park covers an area of about 5,700 mi² (14,763 km²) vs Masai Mara’s 585 mi² (1,510 km²) size. If you want to experience vast African savannahs at their best, then Serengeti is the better African safari destination for you

Most days have a fine, clear sky. It gets cold at night with minimum temperatures around 14°C/57°F. June, July, August & September – Occasional cold fronts are possible, with temperatures close to freezing. It’s usually cold early in the morning.

YES! As malaria is present in the Serengeti, you should take measures to protect yourself. Apply DEET-based mosquito repellent (these formulations are the most effective) and take antimalarial medication.

3000 lions; Serengeti national park is home to over 3000 lions which is said to be the largest population of lions in Africa.