Walking safaris are an excellent way to experience the bush, with all the sights and smells and intrigue that comes with picking your way through the landscape on foot. But, this is wild country, and it is imperative to be accompanied by an excellent guide and an armed ranger. All of the best lodges in the south and west offer superb guided walks, as will some beyond the National Park boundaries and in concession areas in the north. All walking safaris will require suitable footwear, and generally, you are advised to wear subtle colours of the bush and long trousers. In 2014, Tanzania welcomed its first walking-centred camp, Kichaka. Run by Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro, undoubtedly one of Tanzania’s finest guides, this is a massive operation – ideal for adventure seekers and veteran safari goers.
In Tanzania, a driving safari has always meant being seated in a vehicle driven by a driver/guide, enjoying your surroundings while they do the hard work. That said, some of our clients have asked for a more hands-on role. It’s many people’s dream to drive through the African bush in a 4×4 and it is now possible, albeit as part of a group, in a Land Rover Defender 4 SE. Led by a chief guide in the front vehicle, you will drive yourself through the highlights of Northern Tanzania. The 7 night / 8 day set-departure trips begin on alternate Sundays throughout most of the year and take in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. It’s a great trip, the only one of its kind in Tanzania, and the fixed accommodation is amongst the best we sell.
The very specific, remote habitats for chimpanzees in Tanzania mean that this is a special interest safari and probably not for the beginner, but if you are keen to experience these wonderful animals in the wild it is certainly worth the price and the distance. The best chimpanzee safari option is at Mahale Mountains National Park, on Lake Tanganyika. This is a stunning, wooded, mountainous region, and all safaris are on foot. Guests stay at Greystoke, which is a seriously excellent camp in its own right, nestled in the foothills on a beach of the lake. Guests return from safari walks to snorkel the clear, freshwaters and catch fish for their supper! Wonderful tents and décor make this a very special and memorable experience.
Riding is only possible from two locations within Tanzania, so we recommend that those seeking serious horse-based safaris should look at an Okavango Horse Safari in Botswana instead. The best place to ride a horse in Tanzania is, typically, the best place to stay in Tanzania: the Singita Private Reserve. They have beautiful horses and amazing stables but the horses must return to the stables every night. The only other lodge offering horse riding is Manyara Ranch, a good lodge in a mixed-use area to the east of Lake Manyara.
HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARIS
In Tanzania, hot air balloon trips operate in the Serengeti only. These leave at dawn from the Ndutu, Seronera and Grumeti regions, and after a couple of hours of floating above the plains, you land to find a sumptuous bush breakfast laid on with aplomb. A must-do on any Tanzania honeymoon.
The diving centres around Zanzibar are nearly all PADI accredited, and the waters here are varied enough to suit all skills and abilities. It is possible to take a full PADI course while on holiday here, and to experience night and drift dives, wall dives and wreck dives. For hardcore divers, Mafia provides incredible diving as does Pemba.