Walking safaris at Swala

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Chris, manager at Swala, gives us an insight into our newly launched walking safaris in the Tarangire National Park

This month sees the launch of a new walking safari at Sanctuary Swala, our luxury safari camp in the Tarangire. Located in the heart of Maasai country in northern Tanzania, Tarangire is one of the most exciting and least visited parks in the country. Famed for its baobab trees, it is also a haven for birders with over 550 species.


Walking safaris are an exhilarating and exciting way to experience the incredible sights, sounds and smells of the bush. The diversity of habitats surrounding the camp provide ideal terrain for walking and exploring, with plenty of shade and long sweeping views.


To experience the park from a different perspective, a professional walking guide and armed ranger will accompany guests who can now explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. The qualified guides have a wealth of knowledge and will explain animal behaviour while tracking a variety of game. Wildlife encounters may include zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds.

Swala Walking Safari Elephants


Walking safaris will mainly take place first thing in the morning and will last 2-3 hours covering approximately 4 kms. Chris Rippon, Swala Manager, is an experienced guide with almost fifteen years of leading walking safaris. "I allow the bush to talk to me when I take guests out on a walking safari. Walking in Tanzania is a dream come true for me, after guiding and walking in South Africa since 1998. The last 8 months game viewing at Sanctuary Swala have been unbelievable from a vehicle or whilst sitting in camp. To take it further and be able to walk amongst the free roaming animals is really special and exciting."

Swala Walking Safari

Chris and Sanctuary guests on a walking safari 

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