Many people are enthralled by the idea of an Tanzanian safari, but don’t like the idea of being in their safari vehicle the entire time. Luckily, for the discerning safari-goer who is looking for something a bit different, there are plenty of opportunities to get out, stretch your legs, and really experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful country!
Here are a few highlights:
Nature walk on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater
This can be easily incorporated into a programme which goes to Ngorongoro Crater. Whilst it is not possible to walk or hike on the crater floor, the rim of the crater is misty, dense, lush and green, and home to many monkeys and bird species. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a buffalo or an elephant! On foot you can breathe in deep the clear fresh air, and your ranger or Masai guide can tell you about plants species and animals you may encounter
Donkey Trekking in the Ngorongoro Highlands
If you are looking for something very special, and have 4 or 5 days to spend doing something which is both active and cultural, then try out trekking in the Ngorongoro highlands. With a donkey to accompany you and carry your camping gear, and a local guide and armed ranger to assist you, you will trace a path starting at the Ngorongoro Crater, and finishing at the alkaline waters of the stunning and very underrated Lake Natron. In between you will walk in the shallow grassy crater of Olmoti, traverse the open plains of the Embulbul Depression, looking out for wildebeest and zebra, overnight by a traditional Masai village, and watch flamingo as they migrate between the crater lakes of Ngorongoro and Natron.
Canoe Trip on Lake Victoria
Those who make it as far west as the shores of Lake Victoria will be rewarded with charm, beauty and tranquillity. As the vast expanses of this huge lake stretch out before you, and you watch men trawling with their fishing nets, woman toiling in the fields of surrounding land, and marabou storks picking along the shoreline, you would be forgiven for thinking life has not changed much here since it was “discovered” by John Hanning Speke in the 19th century! This is a place rich with typical Tanzania culture. Here, you too can take a trip on the lake, listening to men sing traditional songs, and learning about their tried and tested fishing techniques.
Hunting with Hadzabe Bushmen
Exciting for kids and adults alike, a trip to Lake Eyazi provides the chance to follow traditional hunting tracks with the Hadzabe Bushmen. Amongst the last people on earth to still speak a language using clicks, these people live totally at harmony with the world around them. Experts on the local flora and fauna, there is much to be learnt from them.
Hot Air Balloon Safari in the Serengeti
This is, for many people, the quintessential safari experience. Waking before dawn, and rising (quite literally) with the sun, you will float soundlessly above the plains of the Serengeti – sometimes high enough to get a breathtaking panorama, sometimes low enough to spot birds and monkeys in the trees. This is surely the ultimate way to watch the world of African wildlife wake before you, ready to embark on another day of savage and beautiful wildlife drama. Landing wherever the wind may take you, you take a hot breakfast with champagne in the bush, before continuing on your safari adventure.