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walking safari appropriate for families?

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walking safari appropriate for families?

We're considering a mobile camping safari that includes some walking in the Serengetti and wondering whether that would be fun and/or appropriate for our nine year old. thanks!

london
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1. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Is it allowed? Many camps and parks have age limits for walking safaris. In Zambia, it's 12. Even if it is allowed, personally I wouldn't take a 9 year old on a walking safari in a big game area. Without seeing the details of the trip it's hard to comment- perhaps the walking is outside the park in an area without much big game? Walking safaris are not without risk, and I think 9 is too young. However, it's your child, your choice.

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2. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Hello and welcome to TripAdvisor.

I think you should check exactly where the walking is being done, as these are not allowed in Serengeti National Park. Also, there are often age limits to activities. There are risks involved in these walks, depending on the area. It might be up to you to determine what you are willing to do or risk. Walking isn't really about the animals, but about scenery, animal tracks, small bugs and creatures; flowers and plants. Are these things of interest to you and your son? Do you regularly do nature walks? If so, then it would be enjoyable.

I had to run through tick infested grasses to get downwind of elephants who weren't happy that we were there. Are you good with that?

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3. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

All of the above, but do find out where this 'walking' is supposed to be done.

Walking is not permitted inside of National Parks, but can be done on adjacent conservancies to a particular Natl Pk. Or other areas between one park area and another... like a small town.

Of course, ascertain if there is any age limit for participants.

Know also that even on a walk as QM describes, and a meet-up with an impala would be fun/safe, there's no guarantee you won't run into some larger game.

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4. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

We did walking safari with Wayo Africa in the Central Serengeti walking zone. I do believe they have an age restriction of either 14 or 16.

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5. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

When we were booking, I was told that our daughters had to be 12. I can't remember which place that was for. Don't know if my TO had that rule or the specific camp/location.

And no, you can't walk in the serengeti or any of the national parks.

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6. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Ketherine B

Before I make a comment. Can you tell me the operator or the moblie camp and exactly where it is located.

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7. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Hello Katherine

Walking is possible in the Serengeti National Park. Only a hand full of operators are allowed to offer this activity and have the permits to do so in the Serengeti National park walking zones. One is located in the central Serengeti and the other in the Northern Serengeti. So only a few camps and operators can offer walking safaris as an activity. In the north camps like Lamai Serengeti, Sayari and Olakira, if combined with Sayari camp, offer walking safaris. The age restriction is 16 at the Asilia camps (younger ages at the discretion of the walking guide) and 12 at Lamai. Then a few specialist mobile operators also have permits/license to conduct walking safaris in the walking zones. These outfits offer full days walks and are similar to say a walking safari in Zambia and the age limit is around 12years old again younger at the discretion of the walking guide. In my opinion a 9 year old may be a bit to young for a full day walking safari.

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8. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Hi,

I advice to walk in part of Ngorongoro Conservationa area,there area which allow walking activities from half day to couple of days.But you should book in advance this is acompany with armed ranger.they can do even 9 years old for half day walking safari.

We you are interesting will recommend to the company who took us last year.

Emjoy your walking safari in Tanzania.

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9. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

As the Serengeti is a National Park and not a private game reserve, walking safaris (or walking on your own) is not permitted. It is not advisable to leave your vehicle, unless you are with a guide who agrees it is safe to do so. Predators are not fenced in and have the whole run of the huge national park. We did walking safaris in varoius locations but they were either in a park with no big predators or we had an armed ranger with us. It is not something I would advise with children of any age as there is always a risk of animal attack.

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10. Re: walking safari appropriate for families?

Predators aren't the biggest problem on a walk, it's elephants, buffalo, hippo. These are far more likely to get spooked and charge.