Amani our guide in Loliondo
Donkeys carry the Equipment and gear
You get a mattress and a pillow
Tanzania is a country that most people discover with the help of a safari jeep. But Tanzania is a country that also has many superb walking trails. The opportunities to discover Tanzania by foot on a hiking trip is for many people unknown yet the possibilities are almost endless.
We will gladly arrange hiking trips for you. Walking holidays in Tanzania can be combined with a traditional jeep safari trip or a beach vacation on Zanzibar, Mafia Island, Pemba Island or Kiganboni.
Walking is a way to travel where the journey is the goal. You wander through wild sceneries at a pace that makes everything you pass an integral part of the experience. In contrast to a jeep safari jeep you use all your senses to take in the impressions. You will not only see but also to hear and smell. The guides on our hikes are local and they have a huge knowledge and a passion for their homeland, their home region, which they will share with during your walk.
We at Africana Travel are very proud of our hiking trail in Loliondo because it is a trail that we ourselves have developed. Our local guides take you on a hike through the Masais own the Serengeti where the wildlife co-exist with the Maasai and their livestock in the rolling hills and akacia savannah.
You camp near the Maasai villages on campsites that we ourselves have named. Here there are no fixed structures and we leave nothing behind except our footsteps that wind and rain sweeps away.
A hike in Loliondo is as much a cultural experience as a wildlife experience. You get an insight into Maasai life in one of the areas in East Africa where they still in many ways live their traditional lives. Our guides are Maasai from the villages and they guarantee that we will come close without intruding.
Hiking in Loliondo can be done for anything between two and five days. We recommend that you spend at least three days / two nights in Loliondo. Below you find an example of a five-day hike that is planned so that you first do a safari by jeep ending up in Serengeti and then do a five day hike in Loliondo.
Day 1: Serengeti to Loliondo
Your safari guide will drive you out of the Serengeti in the morning and on the way between Nabi Hill Gate in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater you change jeep and turns north towards Loliondo. You drive to the north until you pass gärnsen Loliondo and this step you out of the jeep and in the afternoon you hike for about three hours through the varied landscape by including "Shifting Sands" (large sand dunes) and the huge cliff "Nasera Rock". This day you have a good chance to see some animals such as zebra, gazelle and a variety of bird species. Late in the afternoon you will come to a campsite, Sungura Private Camp, at Laleshoni Village. In the evening, if you want to visit the nearby massajbyn.
Day 2: Walking in Loliondo
In the morning after breakfast we visit the Maasai village and you will be with them for a while in the morning and take part in their morning activities. Late in the morning you start the days walking across open savannah. Today's walk takes about four hours, excluding a stop for lunch. In the afternoon we come to Nyani Private Camp. The last hours of the day is spent exploring the surroundings with fantastic rock formations at the river where there are also monkeys.
Day 3: Walking in Loliondo
After a quiet morning and a slow breakfast we walk towards the Malambo Village. Today's walk takes about four hours. We walk through an area with quite a lot of animals and you have good chances to see animals such as giraffe and several kinds of antelopes. In the afternoon we come to Engaki Private Camp.
Day 4: Walking in Loliondo
After breakfast you do about four hours walking to Tembea Private Camp at Parakashi Village. The afternoon is spent together with your guides in the Maasai Village. You may participate in afternoon activities if you want. In the evening we organize a Maasai barbeque.
Day 5: Loliondo to Arusha
After breakfast you are picked up by jeep and taken back to Arusha, about five hours drive.
Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, the volcanic mountainous area that extends from the Ngorongoro Crater in the south to Lake Natron and Loliondo in the north. Large parts of the area lies between 2 000 and 3 000 meters above sea level, which means that the temperature is lower than in adjacent areas. In the cooler climate it is pleasant to hike and the dramatic nature offers beautiful views of high mountains (Loolmalasin is Tanzania's fourth highest mountain) and huge calderas like The Olmoti and Empakai Craters. Guides on your hiking are local Maasai and your luggage and equipment are carried by mules. It is possible to walk in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands between one and five days. The most common is five days starting on the northern side of the Ngorongoro Crater and finishing at Lake Natron.
Walking is allowed in a small part of the Serengeti National Park and only performed by a few certified companies. Africana Travel has a contract with one of these companies and we can therefore offer hiking and walking safaris inside the Serengeti National Park. Hikes in Serengeti National Park are arranged only as private expeditions and each expedition is planned for the traveler's specific requirements.
The number of days you walk, and the number of nights/days you spend in the Serengeti is optional but we recommend you spend at least three days/two nights of walking in the Serengeti. Accommodation as you walk in the Serengeti is a mobile tented camp that is moved between each camp by a car. The tents are large and all have their own toilet and shower. The shower has a capacity of 15 litres and is filled with hot water before you shower.
All food and drink are included and the food is cooked by a private chef. Since the Serengeti is home to many wild animals you are always, for your security, accompanied by two armed rangers when you walk.
Arusha National Park is located just outside the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. The National Park is rather small, 550 square kilometers, which is small in East Africa, but it is nonetheless varied and includes a variety of habitats such as savannahs, wetlands and rainforest. Mount Meru is located in the National Park and most who visit Arusha National Park do it to climb Mount Meru. Arusha National Park, however, is also an excellent destination for walking safaris. Since the park is near Arusha it is very easy to visit the park over day when you are based in Arusha. Arusha National Park is the perfect complement to a five or six-day Jeep safari in northern Tanzania.
There are a lot of big animals in the park such as buffalo, giraffe, warthog, elephant (few), baboon and waterbuck. There are no lions in Arusha National Park but some leopard and spotted hyena which usually can be seen in the mornings and late afternoons. Arusha National Park is the only safari park in northern Tanzania where you can see the black-white Colobus.
Our hiking trips and walking safaris in Tanzania are always very carefully prepared and implemented together with very experienced guides and park rangers. In the areas that we are walking in (Serengeti, Loliondo, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Arusha National Park), there are plenty of wild animals and all the hiking is at your own risk.