Tanzania by Foot
This trip is a truly unique experience in Northern Tanzania and perfect for those who seek adventure. Combining hiking and traditional safari game drives, this itinerary allows participants more time and access to first hand experiences, rather than ‘standard’ driving only safaris. Incorporating the greater Tarangire ecosystem, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and the world famous Serengeti – this trip is designed for those that have an adventurous spirit and want to engage in their environment. The region offers an excellent habitat variety that features rolling hills, open plains, a ground water forest, massive volcanoes, culture, and the Serengeti Migration.
B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.
Easygoing to Moderate
Arusha to Arusha
12 Days / 11 Nights
Price per person from: $13,950
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Day by Day
Arrive in Tanzania and settle in at your tropical hotel, which doubles as a working coffee farm. The Legendary Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after your long flight, so kick back, relax and get ready for tomorrow!
Start the day with a visit to a traditional Maasi Boma and stop for coffee at the historic Arusha Hotel. The day also features an exciting walk through Tarangire National Park which hosts 1 elephant per kilometer (side note: the park is 2,500 square kilometers!)
Today’s walking safari brings you face-to-face with elephant, giraffe, buffalo and even lions! Not to worry though—walking safaris are safe. If you’re yearning for more, you can opt for a night game drive after an evening by the campfire.
After a game drive through picturesque villages along the Great Rift Valley we arrive at Lemala Ngorongoro. This camp is set in an ancient acacia forest on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, providing the opportunity for authentic encounters with the Maasai people and nomadic bushmen.
A dawn crater drive brings us face-to-face with lions, black rhino, massive bull elephants and hyena (and fantastic shots of the sunrise over the crater walls). The excitement continues into the afternoon at the base of Mt. Makarot where guides provide insight into the Maasai way of life.
Spend the next three days exploring the magnificent Serengeti!
Hop in a safari vehicle and game drive, or venture the region on foot—either way, this world wonder is not to be missed.
After your safari explorations, retire to camp and as you drift into sleep, listen for the faint roars of lions coming from the distance.
Hop on our own personal dhow (a small sailing vessel) that will bring us to camp at the Mahale Mountains where we’ll stay for next three days.
Spend your time at the camp hiking, tracking chimps, swimming, bird-watching – the possibilities are endless.
Moor near the shoreline and spend the day watching hippos swim underwater close to the boat. A first-hand experience unlike any other.
After breakfast, say goodbye to beautiful Mahale and catch a dhow to the airstrip for a flight back to Arusha to depart for home.
Legendary Lodge, Arusha
Set in lush tropical gardens on a working coffee farm just outside Arusha the Legendary Lodge features six beautiful garden cottages, each with an inspiring view of Mount Meru from its own private veranda. Designed with a unique blend of African arts and crafts, combined with old, colonial-style luxury, the cottages offer king sized beds, a separate lounge with fireplace and ensuite bathrooms with deep tubs and refreshing showers.
Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park
Located in the remote southern region of Tarangire National Park, this intimate 8-tented luxury camp is the perfect base from which to explore your surrounding on foot or in traditional safari vehicle. Off-road adventures, night drives, walking safaris and wilderness 'fly camps' are all on offer in this slice of untamed Tanzania. View hotel website »
Lemala Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Crater
The camp offers accommodation under canvas in only 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent, which ensures seclusion in a pristine forest environment. Each spacious tent is fitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. View hotel website »
Faru Faru Lodge, Grumeti Reserves
Set in Grumeti Reserves, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a true slice of paradise. The 7 one bedroom suites are built on a gently sloping hill positioned on the renowned migratory route. Informal and unconventional, the lodge is a mix of contemporary, organic style with a twist of luxury. With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness. View hotel website »
Greystokes Mahale, Mahale Mountains National Park
Greystoke Mahale has just 6 wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each one has an en-suite bathroom - accessible by a short boardwalk - with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets. There is also a dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck. Dine in the main mess banda on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach. View hotel website »
Easygoing to Moderate
This trip is rated Easygoing to Moderate. Daily walking routes range from 2-4 hours long. Paths are not well-worn in some areas and definitely need an adventurous spirit. While at Mahale, the hikes will depend on where the chimpanzees are on the island and longer hikes may be necessary.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
- Services of a local B&R guide
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
Notes from the Road
- Reunited with Rae RaeWhen six-year-old Emily left Rae Rae, her stuffed bunny, behind while on safari with B&R, she worried he was gone for good. But as Emily’s mom Amy explains, a little magic resulted in a rabbit being pulled out of a… well, a paper bag. By Amy Ramos, B …
- Q&A with Ralph BousfieldYou could say that Ralph Bousfield knows a thing or two about safaris. I mean, you could say that. But you’d be significantly understating things. Hailing from a family whose history as safari guides dates back five generations(!), Ralph experienced …
- A Dazzle of ZebrasPublished in Luxury Travel magazine | By Margo Pfeiff “A sounder of warthogs!” someone shouts as we cycle a dirt road through low desert shrubs. “A journey of giraffes!” comes another cry on the shoreline of a white salt plain. Spend enough time amid …