Nyerere National Park Walking Safari : Walking safaris are the best way for tourists to connect with Tanzania’s wild side and its animals, which is why they have been introduced to the Nyerere National Park. A walking safari, also known as a bush walk, is an adventure in which people take a guided walk through the park with the goal of seeing the animals and birds in a more relaxed setting without using Safari vehicles.
With the exception of the Selous Game Reserve/Nyerere in the south, almost all Tanzania national parks prohibit walking safaris inside the parks. The regulations are slightly different than in more famous parks such as the Serengeti because it is a reserve rather than a national park, but with the vast range of different environments and topographies that the park comprises, there is plenty to keep you interested for anything up to a week. However, in the last year or so, Tanzanian Parks Authorities have recognized the potential of allowing walking safaris, and as a result, it is now possible to walk in parks such as Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and some of the Serengeti’s fringe concessions. There are two types of walking safaris that are carried out in Nyerere, and these are:
Walking safari inside the park
Walking safaris within the Nyerere National Park are typically conducted in the mornings and late afternoons, departing from the various camps located within the park. The walks within the park will last 45 minutes to an hour, and you will have the opportunity to see the wildlife and vegetation up close within the park during this time. A guided walk within the national park is expected to cost between $50 and $80 per person.
There are walking paths used for these nature walks, and with the assistance of the tour guide, you will use the well-marked roads to avoid coming into contact with dangerous animals. Although precautions are taken when it comes to walking routes, you will also be provided with an armed ranger for added security. Elephants, zebras, crocodiles, antelopes, and a variety of other animals can be seen during your nature walk.
Walking safari outside Nyerere National Park
Walking safaris conducted outside the reserve are significantly longer than those conducted within the park. These will take about 2 to 3 hours to complete and will cover either 9 or 15 kilometers per person. There are several routes you can take on this walk, and with the assistance of a Focus East Africa tour guide, the distance will be covered while a wealth of information about the National Park is shared.
This walk will cost between $90 and $150 per person and is best done in the mornings and late afternoons, when the heat from the sun is bearable. A picnic lunch will be served at a designated picnic location, and the walk will include views of some animals, vegetation, and the beautiful landscape surrounding the park.
PACKING LIST: WHAT YOU NEED FOR A WALKING SAFARI
A walking safari in Nyerere National Park does not require much Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, but some items you should bring are as follows:
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- Lots of drinking water
- A camera
- Light clothes for the walk
- An experienced tour guide
- An armed ranger
THE BEST TIME FOR A WALKING SAFARI IN NYERERE NATIONAL PARK
Walking safaris in Nyerere National Park are best done during the dry season (June to October). This is due to the fact that during the dry season, the walk routes are not flooded and are easily passable, whereas during the wet season, the routes are mostly flooded.