With a wealth of experience in safaris that are off the beaten track, and three excellent locations that take you well away from the vehicles that can blight the busier areas of the Serengeti, Wayo Africa offers a highly specialised walking experience that is characteristically idiosyncratic in Tanzania! Zambia is traditionally the home of well-priced walking safaris, but because of their exceptional eco credentials, Wayo have been granted access to places along the Great Migration’s route that are not open to everyone. With uniquely designed tents that give you a fully immersive experience with the bush and the stars, you will be surprised at the levels of comfort given the basic nature of the camp. If you haven’t done a walking safari before, there’s nothing else quite like it. You will see and appreciate things that you can’t in a vehicle; it’s a chance to really connect with the wild, an amazing way to see the Serengeti from a totally different perspective! It is also possible to combine your time with their sister camp Serengeti Green, if you would like a slightly more comfortable end to your safari and game drives. In high season, when river crossings become a daily occurrence, you can even do a trek between the two camps. Wayo Walking Camp offers a magnificent, unforgettable experience and gets you closer to the Great Migration than you thought possible.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Each location has been specially selected for its pristine wilderness – you’re well and truly off the beaten track! The beautiful landscapes consist of classic grassland plains, rolling hills, streams and rivers and Acacia forests. The camps are often set up near kopjes - rocky outcrops with good vantage points. The camp moves between three locations every year. From mid-December to the end of March, it’s in the Kusini region. During May, June and July it’s in the Central Serengeti’s Kilimafetha area. From August through to the end of November, it settles in the north of the park near the Tabora B Gate.
Wayo Walking can either be accessed via scheduled light aircraft flight to the local airstrip, followed by a short drive to the camp, or via road from your previous location, depending on where you're coming from.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT WAYO WALKING CAMP:
Guest accommodation is simple but comfortable and consists of six stand-up tented suites with outdoor ensuite bathrooms, compost toilets, proper beds, a clothes rack, bedside tables, and a small canvas porch and rollaway roof flap that allows you to stargaze through gauze from your bed!
A new, large stretch-tent has upgraded the lounge and dining areas of Wayo Walking Camp, with some extra comfort and new quirky and innovative touches. The food is great, the staff are lovely and add to the warm, intimate experience of the camp. Guests usually eat and drink around the campfire, with the vault of the African sky and stars shimmering above you. Other facilities include The Serengeti! This is simple, intimate, raw, epic safari - arguably just as it should be!
ACTIVITIES AT WAYO WALKING CAMP:
The camp is always well-placed to offer top notch game viewing of the Great Migration. Game driving can be possible but the primary focus of the camp, as its name would suggest, is to provide an awesome walking adventure! Because of the unique nature of this safari experience, we would recommend chatting to one of our specialists who has been, so you can get the lowdown on exactly what to expect. But here is an outline:
Walking safaris- Typically guests walk approximately 10 kilometers per day, on terrain that can be uneven and/or rocky – so bring great boots! On all walks you are accompanied by an armed ranger from the National Park, as well as your guide from Wayo.
- You’ll start out at about 6:30am, following a light breakfast. Accompanied by a highly knowledgeable and experienced guide, you’ll move stealthily through a southern, central, or northern region of the Serengeti, tracking the huge herds of the Great Migration and enjoying sightings of many other species of wildlife.
- Visitors to the southern location can observe the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles grazing on the short-grass plains, with calving taking place during two or three weeks of February. The herds then enter the Central Serengeti for the rutting season, a rowdy time to be in the park! Finally, they push up into the north in their search for fresh grassland.
- Depending on your location, wildlife species you can expect to see include plenty of big cats, humongous herbivores such as rhino, elephant, and buffalo, in addition to lots of smaller mammals. As well as animal tracking and the park’s phenomenal birdlife, walking is a great chance to take a closer look at the park’s insects and plant life.
Expertly guided game drives- Please note, only possible when including a private vehicle and guide as part of your safari package, and when the camp is in the centre of the park. Among the highlights are lion, elephant, hyena and buffalo. You can look out for smaller predators such as jackal, serval, civet, honey badger, and the rare wild dog…while the large herbivore collection features giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and an assortment of antelopes.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.