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Walk the Serengeti
This is a chance to do what very few have done before - walk 100 kilometres on foot across the most famous wildlife area in the world: The Serengeti
Led by seasoned and award-winning guide, Mark Thornton. This ‘first-ever’ expedition will traverse of the roadless wilderness zones of Serengeti National Park. We stalk wildlife, we challenge ourselves, and we indulge in a deep immersion in the wilderness.
“Recently, Serengeti National Park allowed us to lead extended walking safaris in the “wilderness zones” - the expansive backcountry with no roads, tourism or any infrastructure. No access was previously allowed and even park rangers had not scouted these areas. Now we are the only ones accessing these deep interior zones where we will complete the traverse” - Mark Thornton
Along the way, examine the remarkable biodiversity of the Serengeti's many varied ecosystems from river systems to open plains to magnificent rock protusions offering the Serengeti landscape seen on so many postcards. Explore the human history, learning about our ancestors who walked this same terrain millions of years ago and the Maasai who until recently made this land their home. See the marks they have left behind, from rock paintings in caves to obsidian arrowheads on the plains.
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Arrival Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport
On arrival at Kilimanjaro please make your way through immigration and customs.
There you will be met by our friendly driver and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge to relax after your flight.
Day 1 - Arusha Coffee Lodge
On arrival at Arusha Coffee lodge check in and refresh where you will have a chance to catch your breath and immerse yourself in the beauty of this historic coffee plantation. The elegant homestead in step back in time on one of Arusha's oldest coffee farms. Enjoy an evening at leisure before starting your adventure into the Serengeti tomorrow morning.
Arusha Coffee Lodge - Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 - Fly to Serengeti
This morning after breakfast you will be briefed on what to expect while on your walking experience through the Serengeti.
Once this is completed you wiil be transferred for your flight into the heart of the Serengeti.
On arrival you will go on a game drive before settling into the wilderness at your first tented camp. Spend your first night comfortably within the National Park listening to sounds of the wild African bush surrounding you.
Wilderness Mobile Camping - Camp 1 Full Board All inclusive
Day 3 to 12: Walk the Serengeti
Each day starts with a big breakfast and coffee around the campfire talking about the sounds heard during the night, watching the light spread over the land.
You pack your day pack before starting your 10 kilometre journey to your next campsite.
On this walk you may stalk elephants, look at tracks of a pride of lions that wandered through recently or visit a cave with ancient carvings from the Masai that called the Serengeti home.
This walk though nature will immerse you in the quiet wilderness, it will awaken the senses and turns novice walkers into someone who can spot, listen and understand the African bush.
After 4 to 6 hours of walking you arrive into camp in time for lunch.
This is a chance to relax and talk about all the amazing things you have seen on the morning walk. With the afternoon free, now is your chance to explore your newest campsite, slowing checking out Africa’s smaller creatures, take those perfect photos, perhaps stumble upon a herd of wildebeest, all at your own pace. It is in the afternoons that you can take your time to wander, stop to watch a band of Mongoose, a pair of Warthogs or catch a glimpse of the elusive Leopard as they bathe in the goldern afternoon sun.
As the sun sets on another day enjoy a hot shower and a peaceful sundowner before relishing a meal around the camp fire.
Wilderness Mobile Camping - Camp 2 - 9 Full Board All inclusive
Day 4: A little more info
You are in safe hands with Mark Thornton and his team. With a passion for exploration and the bush, their experience is paramount. You will be guided by some of the best in the business and they have rigorous standards that they must meet. All have extensive training in firearms, dangerous wildlife, navigation, first aid and safety.
Day 6: A little more info
Each camp on this tour is unique. You may find yourself along quiet stretches of river where you can sit and watch the wildlife come to drink. Others may be higher up overlooking vast land where you can scan with binoculars for giraffe, buffalo and other game.
Day 7: A little more info
This is not climbing Kilimanjaro however you must be able to walk for 4 to 6 hours in the morning (Roughly 10 kilometres per day). The terrain is mainly flat with rolling hills. It can be uneven and rocky but usually the animals have pathed the way as you walk along animal trails.
Day 9: A little more info
On this tour you will eat well and sleep well. Camp is a lightweight, low impact wilderness mobile camp. This keeps up with our eco-friendly tours and our desire to make sure the footprints we leave behind are from our shoes only. You will be equiped with a medium sized walk in tents, sit down toilets, hot bucket showers, delicious healthy food and cold beer and wine. Everything is ready and set up as you walk into your next camp so you can relax and enjoy your amazing surroundings.
Day 12 - Say Farewell
After 10 days and 100 kilometres of Serengeti completed it is time to say goodbye to your amazing guides and pack up your final campsite.
With the knowledge that you have done something so special and that not many people have had the chance to experience you board your flight to Arusha for your onward journey.
As the final day of your adventure on arrival in Arusha you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
After seeing some of the most spectacular animals in the world, you will always want to return to glimpse the ones you missed and reconnect with the ones you have seen.
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