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Serengeti Footprints – Walking Safari

High Season Price:
$4675 incl park fees optional flight $250
Low Season Price:
N/A



Tour Highlights :  Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti National Park Serengeti plains 

Day 1

After breakfast and a briefing at your Arusha hotel, depart to Ngorongoro.  Pause to admire the views of Lake Manyara from the escarpment above, then continue to the farming region of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation area.

The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNSECO World Heritage site, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 metres from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre measures 304²km in area.  It is home to up to 30 000 animals, almost half being wildebeest and zebra.  Buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena, jackal, lion, serval, warthog, bushbuck, eland, huge herds of both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle and numerous other buck are easily seen on the crater floor.

Thanks to anti-poaching patrols, the crater is now one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see black rhino, with the number now approaching 25. Leopard may occasionally be seen in the trees of the forest surrounding the crater while cheetah are also present.  Countless flamingo form a pink blanket over the soda lakes while more than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted. 

Optional afternoon walk with a local Maasai guide in the area.

Overnight Sopa Lodge or similar.

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Day 2Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

Head off early and descend into the Ngorongoro crater caldera for a morning of game viewing.  After a picnic lunch, we head toward the open Serengeti plains.

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world.  Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals.  About 35 species of plains animals may be seen here, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog.  There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife with over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.

Arrive late afternoon at your camp which will be home for the next two nights. (Depending on season)

Serengeti Wilderness Camp (central) OR Ndutu Wilderness Camp (southern Serengeti eco-system) 

Day 3

Full day of game drives in the Serengeti.  

Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp  or Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Day 4 & 5 – Serengeti –Walking Safari

You will be accompanied by a trained, armed Parks guide as well as your Wild Frontiers’ guide as you head off on your walking safari. Two nights/three days are spent on this walk – unfolding the ‘smaller species’ and enjoying the solitude that a walking safari offers.

What to expect on your walking safari…..

Typically, you will have an early light breakfast… and start your walk before it gets too hot, and also to maximise the opportunity of seeing game when it’s a little more active, and with good photographic opportunities (ie lighting!).  We aim to walk about 3-4 hours in the morning maximum, before arriving at the camp and enjoying a brunch/lunch.  The afternoon will be spent relaxing at the camp, before heading off for a shorter walk in the vicinity of the camp.  Return for sundowners and dinner/overnight. All your supplies, tents etc are moved forward by your camp crew, leaving you with only your water and snacks to carry in your day pack. Overnight in a lightweight camp which consists of 2.5m by 2.5m walk-in dome tents, mess tent, bedding and mattresses, chairs, bush toilet and shower, fridge / cool box, and camp lighting.

Day 6 

This morning, enjoy a final morning walk in the cool of the day.  You then meet the vehicle for your transfer back to your camp in time for lunch.  Optional afternoon game drive.

Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp  or Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Day 7

Transfer by road or air back to Arusha. (Flight is optional but highly recommended. It’s a very long road transfer back to Arusha).                                             

On safari…..

You are accompanied by an experienced guide, a safari chef and a camp assistant – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.                                                                                               

In the safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on the parks, their flora and fauna, and a cool box or fridge for drinks.  The land-cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360-degree views, and are spacious and have an inverter for charging batteries, cameras and phones.

Day 1

After breakfast and a briefing at your Arusha hotel, depart to Ngorongoro.  Pause to admire the views of Lake Manyara from the escarpment above, then continue to the farming region of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation area.

The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNSECO World Heritage site, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 metres from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre measures 304²km in area.  It is home to up to 30 000 animals, almost half being wildebeest and zebra.  Buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena, jackal, lion, serval, warthog, bushbuck, eland, huge herds of both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle and numerous other buck are easily seen on the crater floor.

Thanks to anti-poaching patrols, the crater is now one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see black rhino, with the number now approaching 25. Leopard may occasionally be seen in the trees of the forest surrounding the crater while cheetah are also present.  Countless flamingo form a pink blanket over the soda lakes while more than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted. 

Optional afternoon walk with a local Maasai guide in the area.

Overnight Sopa Lodge or similar.

ellies

Day 2Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

Head off early and descend into the Ngorongoro crater caldera for a morning of game viewing.  After a picnic lunch, we head toward the open Serengeti plains.

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world.  Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals.  About 35 species of plains animals may be seen here, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog.  There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife with over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.

Arrive late afternoon at your camp which will be home for the next two nights. (Depending on season)

Serengeti Wilderness Camp (central) OR Ndutu Wilderness Camp (southern Serengeti eco-system) 

Day 3

Full day of game drives in the Serengeti.  

Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp  or Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Day 4 & 5 – Serengeti –Walking Safari

You will be accompanied by a trained, armed Parks guide as well as your Wild Frontiers’ guide as you head off on your walking safari. Two nights/three days are spent on this walk – unfolding the ‘smaller species’ and enjoying the solitude that a walking safari offers.

What to expect on your walking safari…..

Typically, you will have an early light breakfast… and start your walk before it gets too hot, and also to maximise the opportunity of seeing game when it’s a little more active, and with good photographic opportunities (ie lighting!).  We aim to walk about 3-4 hours in the morning maximum, before arriving at the camp and enjoying a brunch/lunch.  The afternoon will be spent relaxing at the camp, before heading off for a shorter walk in the vicinity of the camp.  Return for sundowners and dinner/overnight. All your supplies, tents etc are moved forward by your camp crew, leaving you with only your water and snacks to carry in your day pack. Overnight in a lightweight camp which consists of 2.5m by 2.5m walk-in dome tents, mess tent, bedding and mattresses, chairs, bush toilet and shower, fridge / cool box, and camp lighting.

Day 6 

This morning, enjoy a final morning walk in the cool of the day.  You then meet the vehicle for your transfer back to your camp in time for lunch.  Optional afternoon game drive.

Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp  or Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Day 7

Transfer by road or air back to Arusha. (Flight is optional but highly recommended. It’s a very long road transfer back to Arusha).                                             

On safari…..

You are accompanied by an experienced guide, a safari chef and a camp assistant – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.                                                                                               

In the safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on the parks, their flora and fauna, and a cool box or fridge for drinks.  The land-cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360-degree views, and are spacious and have an inverter for charging batteries, cameras and phones.

7 Days