This cultural walking safari takes you to two different yet equally classic Tanzania landscapes in some of the most alluring parts of East Africa, as authentic as during the age of exploration of Burton, Speke, and Livingstone. The first circuit is along the verdant lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where the lush mountain forest intersperses with centuries-old Chagga villages and their intensive system of coffee and banana farms. The second walking segment is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the heart of Tanzania’s famous safari circuit. In this dry and sparse landscape a Maasai guides you through his homeland, part of a multi-use preserve for wildlife and human use. You walk into the Empakaai Crater and finish at desolate Lake Natron, the largest breeding area of flamingos in Africa. While these adventure walks take you far off the beaten path tread by tourists in LandRovers, we include two days to see the great wildlife of Tanzania, on a driving safari in Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
On the Kilimanjaro section we walk approximately 12 kilometers per day. The village paths are steep and can be slippery in sections. Our Chagga mountain guides lead you while a support vehicle with chef and crew prepares camp. On the Ngorongoro section we walk more than 20 kilometers per day. The land is open and the sun can be harsh. A local Maasai guide joins your SENE guide and chef, while the gear is carried by donkeys.