Serengeti walking safaris: A Guide

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The Serengeti has a variety of options for walking safaris, whether visitors are looking for short walks from their camps or longer immersive multi-day trips in eastern Africa.

A trip from Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro to the Sergenti will take guests closer to immersing themselves in the wild on a walking safari, getting closer to the incredible wildlife and surrounding landscapes.

Why go on a Serengeti walking safari?

This walking safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti offers the thrilling chance to encounter the bush and wildlife on its own terms alongside expert guides.

A walking safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park needn’t all be hard work. In fact, the best safaris involve as much quiet observation and reflection as walking.

Experience the magic of the Serengeti away from the crowds. Enjoy a much more intimate view of nature whilst on foot that allows you to stay active while on safari. You will have one expert guide and local staff throughout and will get to know them if you so choose.

On foot, you can really appreciate the vast scale of the Serengeti landscape as well as getting an up close and personal view of the incredible wildlife in the park including the African bush elephant, the lion, rhino, leopard, African buffalo, spotted hyena as well as numerous hippos in the Serengeti Retina hippo pool.

Just imagine exploring this area with your experienced guide and lightweight camp  – this is a safari experience not to be missed.

What will I see on a Serengeti walking safari?

The main focus of a walking safari experience is to embark on slow paced, guided walks exploring different wildlife and big game species and landscapes in the bush.

This experience is the perfect tonic to rattling around in a Land Rover and one that gradually soaks in as you immerse yourself in the wild over a period of time.

Days are spent walking in the cool of the day – gentle walks, not hikes – while the heat of the day is spent lolling in deep shade, quietly watching game including the big five.

Visitors will also find wildebeest migrations, gazelle, giraffes, African bush elephants, big cats, black rhinos and more spread across the endless plains.

Walking safari day-trips in Tanzania are also great for bird-spotters and visitors can also have the choice of going on both walking and Jeep safaris or a combination of the two.

When to go on a walking safari in the Serengeti?

Walking safaris are possible in the Serengeti plains throughout the year. The best time to visit the Serengeti (for ease of game viewing, especially whilst walking) are from January to February or from June through September.

Ideally you could also plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration.

Cost of a walking safari in Serengeti?

The price of a walking safari package is difficult to estimate given costs can vary depending on the time of year, type of accommodation and how secluded it is, locations travelled to, activities selected and add-ons selected.

Walking guides for such safaris can start from USD $40 per person for short walks to $4,000 for multi-day luxury overnight trips.

Serengeti National Park Walking safaris typically range from anywhere between USD $300- $650 per night depending on the type of walking safari and the duration.

How to get to the Serengeti?

Visitors typically fly into a Serengeti Sergenti airstrip including Seronera (SEU) from the northern town of Arusha. Tourists arrive into the town of Arusha via flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), some 29 miles by road.

International flights into the country also arrive via Dar es Salaam (DAR) airport for visitors wondering how to get to Tanzania. DAR airport is located 18km south of Dar Es Salaam and a Tanzania visa and certain vaccinations may be required to enter the country.

Understanding the best time to visit Tanzania is useful as this impacts flight prices and availability.

Sample Serengeti walking safari itineraries

Serengeti walking safaris can vary in length and design so you can go out just for a night or two for a romantic escape or dedicate yourself to something a little more adventurous and strike out on a five night mission.

On foot you can walk into remote areas and reach places that a safari car can’t. Once on foot, you are not constrained by roads and can go almost anywhere you like. Away from the crowds, off the beaten track. It offers you a freedom incomparable to any game drive safari.

Sample 7 Days Serengeti Walking Safari

DayActivitiesLocation
1You’re met at your Arusha Hotel. Briefing by your guide and leave for Ngorongoro Conservation area.  Afternoon walk on crater rim with Masai Conservation Guide.

Overnight Lodge accommodation half board basis
Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
2Game drive on the crater floor. Picnic lunch, enjoy a game followed by a game drive to Serengeti. 

Stop at Old Duvai Gorge en-route. Wilderness Camp accommodation overnight on f/b basis
Serengeti
3Full day of game drives in the Serengeti eco-system. 

Overnight at Wilderness Camp on full board basis
Central Serengeti
4-5Walking safari in the Serengeti camping overnight in a lightweight mobile camp with trained guides and Tanzania National Park guides, driver and cook and Parks ranger.Serengeti
6Early breakfast then final walk from camp. You’re then picked up and driven to Serengeti Wilderness or Ndutu camp with game drives en-route.

Overnight on f/b basis
Central Serengeti
7Optional scenic flight from Seronera to Arusha or road transfer and continue under your own arrangements.

FAQs

What will I see on a walking safari in Serengeti?

Visitors will see Serengeti’s incredible wildlife including African bush elephants, big cats, black rhinos and more spread across the endless plains on days spent walking in the cool of the day – gentle walks whilst the heat of the day is spent lolling in deep shade.

How much does a Serengeti walking safari cost?

Serengeti National Park Walking safaris typically range from USD $300 – USD $650 depending on the duration and activities selected.

When to go on a walking safari in Serengeti?

The best time to visit the Serengeti for a walking safari are from January to February or from June through September. Ideally you could also plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration.