Walking safaris are the best way for tourists to get in touch with the wild side of Tanzania and the animals and that is why they have been introduced to the Nyerere National Park . A walking safari can also be termed as a bush walk refers to an adventure where people engage in a guided walk through the Park with the main aim of seeing the animals and birds in a more relaxed manner without using vehicles. There are two types of walking safaris that are carried out in Nyerere and these are:
Walking safari inside the Park
The walking safari which is carried out inside the National Park normally starts from the different camps that are found in the Park and they are done in the mornings and the late afternoons. The walks within the Park will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour and within this time you will get the chance to see the wild life and the vegetation within the Park. a guided walk within the National Park tentatively costs between $50 to $80 dollars per person.
There are walk paths that are used for these nature walks and with the help of the tour guide you will use the well-marked roads so as to avoid getting in close contact with the dangerous animals. Although there are precautions that are taken when it comes to the routes used for walking, you will also be provided with an armed ranger for extra security. Some of the animals that you get to see while on your nature walk include elephants, zebras, crocodiles, antelopes and many more others.
Walking safari outside the Nyerere National Park
The walking safaris that are carried outside the Reserve are much longer as compared to the ones that are carried out inside the Park. These will take about 2 to 3 hours and you will cover a distance of either 9 or 15 kilometers per person. There are different routes that you can use on this walk and with the help of a tour guide the distance will be covered with a lot of information shared about the National Park.
The cost of this walk will approximately cost $90 to $150 per person and are best done in the morning and in the late afternoons when the heat from the sun is bearable. A packed lunch will be served at a chosen picnic site and while on the walk you will get to see views of some animals, the vegetation and the beautiful landscape surrounding the Park.
What you need for a walking safari
A walking safari in Nyerere does not really need much but some essentials you should be with include the following:
- Good hike shoes or boots
- Lots of drinking water
- A camera
- Light clothes for the walk
- An experienced tour guide
- An armed ranger
Best time for a walking safari in Nyerere
The dry season (June to October) is the best time for a walking safari in Nyerere National Park. this is because during the dry season, the walk routes are not flooded and easily passable which is not the case during the wet season where the routes are mostly flooded.