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Wayo is the only company to offer incredible multi activities and walking safaris to totally private areas with Northern Tanzania and the Serengeti. They also and have a collection of Luxury ‘Green Camps’ and ‘Walking Camps’ in Manyara and the Serengeti. The real USP for Wayo is their access. As they train the park Rangers, they have got special access to walk in areas such as black rhino zones in the Serengeti which is a total privilege and one of life’s great experiences! Walking with the migration is incredible. They also offer canoeing, mountain biking, cultural experiences and a treetop walkway.
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AJS
Montenegro13 contributions
Couples
We recently spent 2 incredible nights at Wayo’s Green Camp in Manyara NP.

This location is exceptional - at the base of a series of waterfalls coming off the Rift Valley Escarpment.

The camp consists of a number of large luxury fixed tents with great amenities, a private outside toilet and shower with hot water and a communal tent to relax in.

The guys running the camp, Vincent and Nuru, were excellent. We were fortunate to be the only ones staying for the 2 nights so they changed our meal locations all the time - from lunch under a boulder at the base of the waterfall to our final dinner being in the waterfalls as the sun set!!

There was a high water level in the lake and the waterfall due to exceptional rains this year which meant the canoe trip was a bit of a bust but this is an amazing place to stay if you are heading to Manyara NP.

Sitting in the camp and having elephants, buffalo and troops of baboons close by and dipping into the waterfalls for a refreshing fresh water pummeling will be a lasting memory of an amazing 2 day / night experience!
Written November 4, 2020
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Sophia & Sten
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Couples
I cannot say enough good things about WAYO. Catherine from the team at HQ helped us with everything to create the perfect trip, and Joseph our tour guide was wonderful. He drove us around for 8 days, was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, personable and we feel that we made a friend for life. The wayo camps are in the most incredible locations and they do everything to make your experience perfect from start to finish. They have thought of everything. The guys running the camps are kind, sweet and caring and took care of us. The beds in the camps were real beds and more comfortable than any beds in the lodges. They manage to create so much comfort even in the walking camps. A five star dinner experience at every meal, under the blue skies, trees and stars. I cannot teccomend this enough, it was the trip of a lifetime.
Written July 4, 2022
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CategoryFive Kaiju
Vancouver19 contributions
It's been 1.5 years since our trek in the Serengeti with Wayo, and I say sincerely that I think about our safari weekly, still (note that we were there in September 2018). We were a group of 5 guests, with experienced guides Jean and Prim, as well as a few other folks connected to Wayo. We had a ranger (Deyo) in attendance for the entire trek. Before embarking on our walking safari, Prim took us on a game drive where we saw hippos, elephants, baboons and various other wildlife up close. Subsequently, we walked for 8 days (usually between 13 to 17 kms/day), starting at a permanent camp and working our way roughly northward, if I recall correctly, to another semi-permanent camp. Each night, all the camping materials were taken by vehicle to the next campsite and set up for us, with a hot shower prepared, and a beautiful meal prepared and served by wonderful and congenial Wayo staff (Vincent, Pahlka, et a.). The wildlife was ASTONISHING. Wildebeest by the 1000s, wild elephants, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, impalas, dik diks, Thompson gazelles, cape buffalo, warthogs, lions, hyenas, vultures...I could go on and on. Prim and Jean were exquisitely knowledgeable about the fauna and flora, and answered all our questions with patience, and kept our safety foremost. They approached the trek with a blend of humour and seriousness. One day, we came upon a poachers' camp, abandoned just minutes before we got there (2 unfortunate topi were the prey). Another day, we sat quietly, eating lunch, observing a group of male elephants at a watering hole. Magical. Staff went far above and beyond helping us troubleshoot. But in addition to the wonders we saw, heard, smelled, and touched, there was also an inner journey taking place. Imagine walking where your ancestors of 150,000 years ago walked. We used to live in harmony with the magnificent balancing act of life and death in the Serengeti, and it was sobering to realize how de-natured and alienated from the biosphere my life is, living in a big city in North America. It was a comfort somehow to be so confronted with life and death, every day on our trek. Natural and normal. I returned to regular life, but implemented a daily meditation practice I've stuck with, I've walked in the local forest almost every weekend, and I will be leaving a career that no longer speaks to me. These have been profound changes that I attribute to our time in the Serengeti, and for which I am very grateful to our hosts. On our last night, watching the sun set and moon rise at the same time, looking out from some warm rocks over the wildebeest and zebras, I promised myself I would come back to the Serengeti. I will choose Wayo to guide me again when I do.
Written February 24, 2020
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Rachel R
London, UK1,007 contributions
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This is not a luxury experience but they do their best to make you comfortable. The tents do contain beds and the attached washroom has a pit toilet with a seat plus they provide heated water for the gravity shower. You can charge your devices, but not inside your tent. There is no wifi, but you might be able to get a cell signal. You do need to be prepared for regular bug encounters, especially over dinner.

Walking is at a leisurely pace, accompanied by a guide and a park ranger. This experience is not for anyone mobility-challenged as its uneven terrain through the tall grass. The walks focus on the smaller things: plants, insects, bones, and footprints. We did encounter a herd of wildebeest and zebra and buffalo at a distance, and we enjoyed listening to the lions roar as we went to sleep. It was great to experience the wildlife outside of the car, even if they are further away. There is a chance to see a dung beetle in action, and we learned a lot about the flowers, skulls, and poop we wouldn’t have noticed from a vehicle. If I am honest, I wish our guide had been more attentive as we were walking - he didn’t often proactively offer information or realize if someone had fallen far behind (though there was always a ranger at the end of the line for safety). We often spotted wildlife or unique plants before he did.

Midday is spent relaxing at the camp so bring cards or a good book. There is no laundry service but they provided buckets of water for us to use and kindly made a clothesline to help with drying. Winston is a particularly charming host at the camp, always offering a cool g&t, a friendly smile, and a great conversation.

Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle. I did all the walking in tennis shoes, but they did get pretty torn up by the tall grasses, so hiking boots might be better.
Written June 16, 2022
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Tom B
Hong Kong, China152 contributions
Couples
We were recommended by a friend to use Wayo. It didn’t disappoint and would recommend to anyone. Superb in all facets.

Our guides were all PASSIONATE about what they did. Infectiously so. They would be as excited as we were about seeing the wildlife, deeply knowledgeable and also went out of their way to try and give us the best experience. Thank you Emanuel, you were a star.

The camps are great. Eco-conscious yet very comfortable. The Wayo camps in particular bring you very close to nature. Wayo Green Camp in Lake Manyara is stunning. Beneath a waterfall, surround with the sands of a seasonal stream, where you sit by the fire, eat, see the wildlife. The partner camps share a similar ethos and are also excellent. Very comfortable.

The staff across all camps were incredibly kind and couldn’t have done more. Lovely people who we loved spending time with, were so interesting to chat to and such great hosts.

Finally, we had the luck of spending a couple of evenings with Jean, the founder, who really summed up the ethos of what he has built. Lovely guy, takes care of his staff, trains them superbly well, so they love him back, very conscious of the footprint his camps have and the important message they leave with visitors. He personally couldn’t do enough for us also. Thank you Jean. We look forward to watching your next TV show.

Superb. Would recommend WAYO to anyone who travels to Tanzania.
Written July 30, 2021
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khansen
Ada, MI76 contributions
Family
We decided to check out the secrets that Lake Manyara held at night. Our multi generational family 8 were able to fit in one open air (No windows) safari vehicle.

It was just us in the park. We felt like we were intruding on the animals in the best way. We had a fella, Elijah, affixed to the front of the vehicle with a light while Pieter drove and guided.

We saw two leopards, 12 lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, bush babies to name a few. So fun. I highly recommend
Written August 2, 2022
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Bob A
Burnaby, Canada5 contributions
Friends
Our Wayo Africa Serengeti safari was amazing! Wayo has several green camps (glamping) throughout the massive park so you stay very close to the animals in their natural environment. The sunrises and sunsets are unforgettable, the migration is humbling and will affect you in a very positive way. We saw dozens of animals and bird species. The guides are very experienced, your safety is imperative as is the safety of the animals and the environment. Often in the Serengeti we were the only vehicle/people I could see in any direction. Camps were awesome, comfortable, yes a shower could happen daily, food was superb. Note: Wayo is the only safari co that has permission for their guests to hike with guides in the park. That was fantastic to do 15km through the Serengetti to meet up with the other guides and vehicles where cocktails, snacks and a sunset awaited us. I highly recommended Wayo!
Written March 16, 2020
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DeeFry
Seattle, WA440 contributions
For a nice change of pace, we canoed on Lake Manyara with great guides, Zaki and Peter. It was fun and relaxing, even though we didn't see any wildlife while canoeing. After the canoeing, our wonderful Gosheni guide William, had set up a picnic lunch for us to enjoy.
Written October 13, 2020
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Jose R
3 contributions
We went on a walking safari at Arusha National Park during our honeymoon. This was one of the most unique experiences we've had. Simba was truly a great guide and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience. He was really knowledgeable and really made us feel safe at all times. At one point, our vehicle was not working properly, and he coordinated we get a replacement while we were on the hike so that the change wouldn't cause any disruptions to the planned activities. After the hike, he took us on an unplanned game drive around the park where we went around the park and saw a large variety of animals. Simba was a fantastic guide and made for a really memorable experience.
Written July 25, 2022
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J A
4 contributions
Couples
Amazing experience! We spent two nights at the camp on the crater rim, and another four on the Serengeti. We were lucky enough to have Prim as our guide, and he was truly outstanding. His knowledge and attitude made us feel welcomed in this stunningly beautiful place. He even hung around to make sure our air travel back to Arusha worked out. The camps were cozy, the food was delicious, and the staff was very attentive and nice. Overall, it was better than we could have imagined. I would highly recommend Wayo if you are planning a Tanzanian safari. You really can't go wrong with these folks.
Written January 18, 2021
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