A Walk on the Wild Side Walking Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
Join our expert guide and his Maasai and Park Ranger team on a walking adventure around the rim of the iconic Ngorongoro crater. Spend your days on the trail within arms reach of the wildlife and your nights in tents under the stars of the African sky. Experience all the wild animals of east Africa in their habitat. Not for the faint of heart, this journey is truly a walk on the wild side. Join us on this unforgettable adventure. As real as it gets!
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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | SAVANNA BUSH CAMP – ALAYANI SPECIAL CAMPSITE
On this safari, you will depart from Savanna Bush Camp with Picnic Lunch boxes at around 1000 hrs. to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After park formalities at the gate, you will then enter Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stop at the viewpoint, get an introduction to how the crater was formed and then drive around the Crater Rim. Close to Ngorongoro Descent road, you will meet your Maasai Team with their donkeys. After loading the Donkeys, you will then start your walk accompanied by an Armed Ranger. You will walk for about 3 hrs. and arrive at Alayani Special Campsite Set up camp. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Alayani Special Campsite (Half Board) or Similar
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | ALAYANI SPECIAL CAMPSITE – MAKESENI SPECIAL CAMPSITE
After breakfast, you will start your walk to Makeseni Special Campsite. This part of the walk will take approx. 6 hrs. arriving at Makeseni Special Campsite. Your cook and your crew will be walking faster than you, so when you arrive at camp, it will already be set up. On this day of walking, you may have close encounters with Elephants and Buffalos on this stretch of the walk. Dinner and overnight Makeseni Special Campsite.
Overnight at Makeseni Special Campsite (Full Board) or Similar
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | MAKESENI SPECIAL CAMPSITE – IRKEEPUS VILLAGE SPECIAL CAMPSITE
After breakfast, you will start your walk to Irkeepus Village. This section of the walk takes about 7-8 hours. While walking, you will see elephants, zebras, Wildebeests, and other wild animals. You will arrive at your camp late in the afternoon. The camp will be set up. Dinner and overnight at Irkeepus Village Special Campsite. You will also meet your driver guide who will have arrived at camp. Dinner and overnight at Irkeepus Village Special Campsite.
Overnight at Irkeepus Village Special Campsite (Full Board) or Similar
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | IRKEEPUS VILLAGE SPECIAL CAMPSITE – CONTINUE WITH YOUR ONWARD SAFARI
On this day of the safari, after breakfast, you will depart from Irkeepus Village Special Campsite with packed picnic lunch boxes and proceed back to Moshi or Arusha or continue on with another safari travel plan.
A walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater can be a unique and unforgettable experience that offers a deeper connection to nature and a chance to learn about the conservation efforts in the area. This is why you should pick this travel plan:
- This travel plan is only 4 days long and is great to combine with our other longer safaris, like the popular Big Five Safari.
- We have found the best local guides in Tanzania, who will make this walking tour one that you will never forget.
- This is a great way to get out of the car, and really see the animals and nature from another perspective.
- The camping is comfortable and extra measures are made to make you feel right at home, like the drinks tent – you get a true Out of Africa feel.
You get up close with wildlife when you’re on a walking safari, and this means that you’re not separated from the wildlife by the walls of a vehicle. Instead, you’re on the ground, at their level, and can observe them in a more natural setting. You may see animals such as lions, elephants, zebras, and wildebeest up close and personal, which can be a thrilling experience. This is a great way to learn about ecology and conservation because walking through the park offers a unique opportunity to learn about the ecology and conservation of the area from experienced guides. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the animals, their behaviors, and their habitat. You may also learn about the conservation efforts in the area and the challenges faced in preserving this fragile ecosystem. You won’t only learn a whole lot, walking safaris can be a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature. The terrain in the Ngorongoro Crater can be challenging, but the physical exertion can be rewarding. Plus this is a more sustainable way to think about traveling and mixing your trip up with walking benefits the environment and local communities because people get employment. Experience the serenity of the crater, as you walk you will get to experience the peace and tranquility of the wilderness in a way that’s not possible from a vehicle. You can take your time to soak in the surroundings, listen to the sounds of nature, and appreciate the beauty of the African landscape.
Can you do a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater?
Yes, walking safaris are allowed in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, but they are strictly regulated and must be accompanied by a licensed and armed ranger. The walking safaris are conducted in designated areas and may only be done as part of a guided tour or with a registered tour operator.
What animals can you see on a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater?
While walking safaris offer a different experience compared to game drives, you can still see a variety of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, including elephants, lions, buffalos, hyenas, zebras, and more. You may also see a range of bird species and learn about the local flora and fauna from your guide.
How long does a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater last?
The duration of a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, with breaks for rest and refreshments.
Is a walking safari safe in the Ngorongoro Crater?
Walking safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater is generally safe when conducted with a licensed and armed ranger and following the designated routes. The rangers are trained to handle any potential dangers and will ensure the safety of the group. However, following the ranger’s instructions and avoiding risky behavior are important.
Do I need special equipment for a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater?
You don’t need any special equipment for a walking safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Still, it’s recommended to wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and a hat or sunscreen for sun protection. Bring a small backpack to carry water, snacks, and any personal items you may need.
Included in the price:
- All transfers, according to the program
- Safari costing Includes 18% VAT (Government Tax ) Value Added Tax
- English-speaking safari guide
- Entrance fees to all National Parks
- Concession fee
- Bed Night Levy
- Crater Service Fee
- Scout fees
- Overnight all Hotels / Campsites according to the program
- Full Board during safari
- Safari starts with lunch boxes and ends with lunch boxes on the last day of the safari
- When Special Offer is given out (Dinner and Breakfast are included)
- Check-out time from any lodge is at 10.00 Am
- 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day on safari, tea and coffee
- Driver/guide and car (Land rover / Land cruiser/ Nissan Patrols) for Safaris without km limit
- Flying Drs Service
- Face Masks
- Hand Sanitizer in a safari vehicle
Excluded from the price:
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Drinks (if not mentioned above)
- Tips (Recommended)
- Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
- Excursions and trips not included in this program (e.g. Serengeti Balloon Safari)
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