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Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania
Walking in Tanzania

Walking in Tanzania

Best routes for walking in Tanzania

In Tanzania the walking is especially good in the area surrounding the Ngorongoro Crater, ranging from short walks around coffee farms to guided forest walks. Experienced walkers can enjoy strenuous but stunning walks up to the crater rim, as offered by Gibb's Farm.

If you'd like to combine walking and game viewing, experience Africa's big predators at close range, or track chimpanzee with skilled guides, please see our ideas for walking safaris in Tanzania.

If you'd like to combine walking and game viewing, experience Africa's big predators at close range, or track chimpanzee with skilled guides, please see our ideas for walking safaris in Tanzania.


Lemala Ngorongoro

Whilst staying at Lemala Ngorongoro it is possible to organise walks in the Crater highlands, whether around the Crater rim, or to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, these walks will be sure to offer some spectacular scenery.


The Highlands

The proximity to the Olmoti and Empakaai Craters makes The Highlands a great choice for walking and hiking in Tanzania, catering for a range of physical abilities.


Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu is well located for a variety of highland walks; to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, or around the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Soak up the wonderful landscapes, whilst you walk with your guide who will tell you all about the local flora and fauna.


Farmhouse Lodge

Spend an extra night at Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge to include a day of walking in the Crater Highlands. This is an excellent opportunity to discover to landscape up close and learn about the local flora and fauna with a guide and armed ranger.


The Highlands

The proximity to the Olmoti and Empakaai Craters makes The Highlands a great choice for walking and hiking in Tanzania, catering for a range of physical abilities.


The Highlands

The proximity to the Olmoti and Empakaai Craters makes The Highlands a great choice for walking and hiking in Tanzania, catering for a range of physical abilities.


Mountain Gorilla View

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, close to Volcanoes National Park, is a good-value base from which to take guided walks into the park's rainforests to see the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas.


Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu is well located for a variety of highland walks; to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, or around the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Soak up the wonderful landscapes, whilst you walk with your guide who will tell you all about the local flora and fauna.


Lemala Ngorongoro

Whilst staying at Lemala Ngorongoro it is possible to organise walks in the Crater highlands, whether around the Crater rim, or to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, these walks will be sure to offer some spectacular scenery.

Best camps & lodges for Walking in Tanzania


Ngorongoro Fly-Camp

Ngorongoro Fly-Camp

The Ngorongoro Fly-Camp is an excellent way to get off the beaten track and explore the remote northern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. There are no roads in this area and you are likely to see few other visitors. Accompanied by an experienced walking guide you will spend two days walking through spectacular scenery whilst keeping an eye out for birds and animals.


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Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Bougainvillea Lodge

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge can arrange guided and self-guided walks in Tanzania, lasting up to three hours, around the beautiful coffee farms in the area. They have a guide who can accompany you if you would like to learn about the coffee farms and Karatu. Currently there's no extra cost for this, although tipping is appreciated.


89% (7 reviews)
Gibb's Farm

Gibbs Farm

Gibb's is well situated for those who enjoy walking. You can choose from guided or unguided walks in the area: a farm walk, a garden walk, a village walk, the Ngorongoro Forest Walk or a farm walk. There are walks to suit all tastes, ages and levels of fitness.


88% (43 reviews)
Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu is well located for a variety of highland walks; to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, or around the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Soak up the wonderful landscapes, whilst you walk with your guide who will tell you all about the local flora and fauna.


96% (23 reviews)
Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge

Farmhouse Lodge

Spend an extra night at Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge to include a day of walking in the Crater Highlands. This is an excellent opportunity to discover to landscape up close and learn about the local flora and fauna with a guide and armed ranger.


88% (17 reviews)
Udzungwa Forest Camp

Udzungwa Forest Camp

The accommodation might be simple at Udzungwa Forest Camp, but there are some fantastic walking opportunities in Tanzania’s Udzungwa National Park. These range from short treks of around 45 minutes to those lasting up to seven hours.


83% (6 reviews)
Lemala Ngorongoro

Lemala Ngorongoro

Whilst staying at Lemala Ngorongoro it is possible to organise walks in the Crater highlands, whether around the Crater rim, or to Olmoti or Empakaai Crater, these walks will be sure to offer some spectacular scenery.


86% (37 reviews)
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

A stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge will allow you the chance to organise a walk in the Crater highlands. These will offer some stunning views and allow you the chance to see some flora and fauna on foot.


88% (23 reviews)
The Highlands

The Highlands

The proximity to the Olmoti and Empakaai Craters makes The Highlands a great choice for walking and hiking in Tanzania, catering for a range of physical abilities.


91% (25 reviews)

Best camps & lodges for Walking in Africa

Walking elsewhere in Africa

Our top ideas and inspiration for Walking in other countries.


Walking in Botswana

Botswana

The wildlife in Botswana is free to move across the country, which creates ample opportunity for ...

Walking in Kenya

Kenya

Walking safaris in Kenya are a big part of its appeal, with the Mara Conservancies and Laikipia ...

Walking in Malawi

Malawi

The options for walking on holiday in Malawi vary from gentle town strolls to more extensive nature ...

Walking in Namibia

Namibia

Namibia offers some of Africa's best walking, from gentle wanders to challenging multi-day hikes ...

Walking in Rwanda

Rwanda

Walking in Rwanda is usually based around the spectacular gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park...

Walking in Seychelles

Seychelles

The sound of waves crashing on the shoreline, palm-fringed beaches and panoramic views over the ...

Walking in South Africa

South Africa

South Africa boasts a variety of walking opportunities: gentle strolls along sandy beaches, self-guided ...

Walking in Zambia

Zambia

With expertly trained guides and high concentrations of wildlife, Zambiais one of Africa's best ...

Walking in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Take a walk on the wild side and explore Zimbabwe and its stunning scenery on foot. There are great ...

Where to see wildlife species in Tanzania

Maximise the chances of seeing your favourite animals based on traveller sightings reports from the field.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

81% SUCCESS

3,059 sightings from 3,770 observations

Where to see lion in Tanzania

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

47% SUCCESS

1,959 sightings from 4,184 observations

Where to see leopard in Tanzania

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

33% SUCCESS

1,056 sightings from 3,213 observations

Where to see cheetah in Tanzania

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

32% SUCCESS

884 sightings from 2,803 observations

Where to see wild dog in Tanzania

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

55% SUCCESS

2,189 sightings from 3,983 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Tanzania

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

68% SUCCESS

2,509 sightings from 3,705 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Tanzania

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

2,585 sightings from 3,121 observations

Where to see buffalo in Tanzania

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes

The chimpanzee is our closest living relative. This highly intelligent great ape is a forest animal with a sophisticated social life. Any encounter in the wild is a memorable experience.

100% SUCCESS

28 sightings from 28 observations

Where to see chimpanzee in Tanzania

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

49% SUCCESS

1,472 sightings from 3,002 observations

Where to see eland in Tanzania

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

91% SUCCESS

3,665 sightings from 4,035 observations

Where to see elephant in Tanzania

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

1,338 sightings from 1,922 observations

Where to see oryx in Tanzania

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Litocranius walleri

With its slender frame and extraordinarily long neck, this unmistakable East African antelope resembles an attenuated impala and often stands on its back legs browse high shrubs.

75% SUCCESS

89 sightings from 118 observations

Where to see gerenuk in Tanzania

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

86% SUCCESS

3,537 sightings from 4,114 observations

Where to see giraffe in Tanzania

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

2,677 sightings from 3,002 observations

Where to see hippo in Tanzania

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

23% SUCCESS

481 sightings from 2,048 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Tanzania

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

23% SUCCESS

463 sightings from 2,041 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Tanzania

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

19% SUCCESS

63 sightings from 337 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Tanzania

Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena

Hyaena hyaena

The striped hyena is the most widespread of the world’s hyenas, but absent from southern Africa. A rarely-seen nocturnal scavenger, it is shyer and more solitary than its spotted cousin.

14% SUCCESS

124 sightings from 909 observations

Where to see striped hyena in Tanzania

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

3,864 sightings from 4,591 observations

Where to see zebra in Tanzania

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

2% SUCCESS

69 sightings from 3,351 observations

Where to see aardvark in Tanzania

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

55 sightings from 3,360 observations

Where to see pangolin in Tanzania

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

30% SUCCESS

626 sightings from 2,064 observations

Where to see black rhino in Tanzania

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