Walking vs Driving?

We always prefer walking to driving – but how about on a safari?  A walking safari was an appealing option offered by Mark Thornton Safaris.  We emailed back and forth with Mark and decided our safari would be long enough to do both.

Driving

We drove in Land Rovers, with canvas tops that could be rolled open, so that we could stand up in the vehicle to better see animals.  Only game driving is allowed in Ngorongoro Crater.  We’re glad we didn’t miss it.

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Jack, Chagamba, and Ellen spotting animals all around us.

In vehicles, we got quite close to some of the animals — safely.  At one point, Chagamba shooed away a baby elephant that didn’t yet know enough to have fear of humans.

Sometimes our guides looked out in the far distance and saw grasses moving in just a certain way.  We drove closer and had a look at a lion or other cat that only our guides could see or knew were there.

Walking

We walked in single-file with our guide in front carrying a rifle and a Maasai in the rear holding his spear.

Walking with a park guide in Arusha National Park.

Walking with a park guide in Arusha National Park.

We thought we’d see the landscape more than animals on a walking safari.  We were wrong.  On one of our first walks, we saw a herd of oryx, not so easily seen in this area.  We regularly saw zebras, wart hogs, wildebeest, African buffalo, hartebeest, and various gazelles on our walks.

Binoculars are up spying 2 warthogs.

Binoculars are up spying 2 warthogs.

The big advantage of walking was in the many other things we saw.

Our guide swooped up this little critter near a harvester ants nest.

Our guide swooped up this little critter near a harvester ants nest.

Standing in an elephant footprint.

Standing in an elephant footprint.

Coming across a plover nest.

Coming across a plover nest.

Ellen walking in the Maasai Steppe Wilderness.

Ellen walking in the Maasai Steppe Wilderness.

So, which was better?  We think everyone in our group agreed – you really need to do both.

 

June 2014

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2 Responses to Walking vs Driving?

  1. Pingback: Our Best of the Best: wildlife, beaches, snorkeling | simpletravelourway

  2. What an amazing experience…one of those once in a lifetime things.

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