Three-day Serengeti walking safari combined with classic game safaris in Tanzania’s best parks—we're the first and only company to offer this one-of-a-kind tour!
The legendary Serengeti: animals as far as the eye can see in the ancient land where mankind was born. This is the vision of Africa we all carry in our hearts. On this remarkable adventure, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Africa’s early explorers, seeing the famous landscapes and abundant wildlife up close. MTS was the first company to get permits for walking safaris within Serengeti National Park. Our exclusive access, along with guides we’ve known and worked with for years, make this safari an experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
Our itinerary is a perfect blend of walking and driving safari, allowing you to fully explore the very best of the region. You’ll live the dream as you explore Tanzania’s “must-see” paradises: the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. These four celebrated parks, with their varied ecosystems, are the major wildlife areas of northern Tanzania. Arguably the most famous of them all is the Serengeti, the “kingdom of predators”—the domain of lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and leopard, and the habitat of the greatest diversity of wildlife. During the Great Migration, millions of animals slowly graze their way through the southern and eastern plains of the Serengeti. Concepts like “safety in numbers” and “survival of the fittest” spring to mind as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra are born, and within hours, are ready to join the galloping herds. While here, you’ll enjoy what may be the highlight of your journey: a three-day walking safari in the Serengeti—just recently allowed. Many of the places we hike may not have been visited by man for more than half a century. No roads. No other travelers. This gives you a chance to experience the real Africa, to revel in the sights, smells, and sensations that are missed from a vehicle. You’ll even learn how to track game!
Tarangire is a fabulous park, not only because of the unique beauty of its baobab woodlands and the fantastic concentrations of game attracted to its river in the “dry” season, but because it is rarely visited by tourists. Lake Manyara is renowned for its elusive tree-climbing lions and its baboon populations, while the 102-square-mile floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable “Garden of Eden,” is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
We’ll enjoy a combination of wildlife and cultural experiences at Ngorongoro Crater and the Crater Highlands. Excursions into the crater—arguably one of the best places to view wildlife in all of Africa, if not the world—are complemented with intriguing cultural interactions with the Maasai, as they welcome us into their boma (homestead), and we learn about the traditional way of life they have carried on for centuries. These visits are never staged—we have excellent relationships with the Maasai, and your encounters will happen naturally, as you join them for a meal, tour their school, or possibly observe the men on a hunt.
You’ll see all these wonders in style and comfort, with most nights in private, deluxe safari camps and lodges of unique character that allow a degree of pampered care and privacy you’d never expect possible! Open-hatch vehicles ensure great, unobstructed wildlife viewing and prime photo opportunities (and since we limit seating in the 4x4 vehicles, everyone gets a window seat!). An excellent safari staff sees to your every need, while seasoned local guides enhance your understanding of Africa and its wildlife and cultures.
Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle, 3 days easy to moderate walking, 3 nights camping
- Explore the wilderness of the Serengeti on foot with the only company to offer this unique adventure
- See Africa’s renowned wildlife on a first-class game safari in four celebrated parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and the legendary Serengeti
- Walk in remote, untouristed, and roadless areas of the Serengeti where no one has traveled for more than half a century
- Enjoy genuine encounters with the Maasai in the Crater Highlands
- Stay in private safari camps and exclusive lodges, including luxurious Gibbs Farm, a working coffee plantation and the oldest guest house in northern Tanzania
Duration: 12 days Start Location: Arusha End Location: ArushaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania.
Day 2 : Tarangire National Park
Explore Tarangire National Park, whose small permanent river attracts a multitude of thirsty animals all day long. Here you'll ease into the rhythm of the bush: you'll wake early to the chorus of the birds, spend the day exploring and observing wildlife, and thrill to the roars of lions in the night.
Day 3 : Tarangire National Park
A full day to explore Tarangire National Park.
Day 4 : Lake Manyara & the Crater Highlands
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, situated at the foot of a spectacular escarpment in the Rift Valley. The lakeshore teems with colorful water birds of every variety, and here you’ll find one of the most fantastic hippo pools in Africa as well as the park’s famous tree-climbing lions.
Day 5 : Ngorongoro Crater
Fabulous game viewing on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable "Garden of Eden." If you had only one day in your life to see African wildlife, Ngorongoro would be the place. Enjoy an Ol Pul (meat feast) festival with our new Maasai friends!
Day 6 : Into the Serengeti
Descend from the Ngorongoro highlands onto the vast plains of the Serengeti, game viewing along the way.
Day 7 : Game viewing in the Serengeti
A day of traditional game viewing by vehicle, to round out your adventure in the Serengeti.
Days 8 - 10 : Serengeti walking safari
Walking safari through the Serengeti, moving slowly with your guide who'll interpret what you see and hear and stopping for lunch under a shady tree or cool overhang. Many of the places where we'll hike have not been visited by man for more than half a century!
Day 11 : Gibb's Farm
Today we depart the Serengeti and head back towards Arusha, stopping at the lovely Gibb's Farm overnight.
Day 12 : Arusha - Depart for home
Relax at Gibb's Farm, then drive to Arusha and depart, or join one of our East African extensions.
DATES: Best time to go: January - March, June - September, December Departures: Jan 4 - 15, 2015 Jan 26, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 Feb 24, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 Jun 9 - 20, 2015 Jul 20 - 31, 2015 Aug 18 - 29, 2015 Dec 18 - 29, 2015
$5,895 (4-10 members)
$1,300 park fees
Bring the Kids!
$5,995 (4-10 members)
$1,300 park fees
Bring the Kids!
You will find a charming atmosphere together with every comfort: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha.
At Moivaro Lodge the staff will ensure that you are looked after in a unique, friendly and peaceful environment, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening. Relax and enjoy the beautiful vista of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, or perhaps to laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.
Tarangire Safari LodgeTarangire National Park, Tanzania
Built high on a bluff overlooking the game-rich Tarangire River, the lodge offers you an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below. Luxury tents combine modern comforts with the authentic safari atmosphere.
Gibb’s FarmKaratu, Tanzania
This working farm boasts a 10-acre fruit and vegetable garden that provides the ingredients for delicious home-cooked meals. Built in 1929, the farmhouse has hardly changed, retaining the charm of well-kept private house. Organic coffee is grown on the farm, and daily coffee bean roasting sessions take place on the patio.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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James Adiel Kivuyo was born in Arusha, Tanzania. He is interested in the conservation of biodiversity in African wildlife, and has had previous experience as an interpreter. James speaks a number of languages from English and Masaai to the local dialect of Chagga and Kiswahili—the national language of Tanzania. He enjoys using his knowledge of other languages to communicate with people from a broad cultural spectrum, and loves sharing his experience with travelers from around the globe. He has also been helping travelers climb Kilimanjaro for more than a decade, with qualification to respond to emergencies on the mountain.