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Wayo Africa

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Set up by Jean DuPlessis in 2008, the renowned Wayo Africa gives you a truly authentic Tanzanian mobile safari experience.

At a Glance

  • Access to the wilderness in pristine Serengeti bush

  • One of the few operators enabling you to get out on foot in Tanzania's national parks

  • Authentic bush camping in comfortable, en-suite, no frills safari tents

  • A great value option for those looking for an exclusive, interactive adventure

  • Wayo are proud of their minimal carbon footprint, one of the most environmentally friendly camps in Tanzania

Adventure, Couples, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Insider's View

"Wayo" means footprint in Swahili. "Footprint" is symbolic of who Wayo are: treading lightly on their environment, getting closer to Africa on foot and connecting with local people and cultures.

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Description

Wayo Africa ensures its guests an authentic safari experience at an affordable price. The lightweight nature of the camps, designed to fit unobtrusively into the bush make them cheaper to operate and easy to relocate, taking guests to the heart of the action. Wayo don't believe your wildlife experience should stop when you get back to camp, with the carefully chosen sites animals roam freely right through camp.

Only a handful of companies have been granted permission to walk in the Serengeti National Park, Wayo is one of them. Guests staying at the walking camps head out into the specially demarcated wilderness zones on foot with their armed and qualified walking guide, as well as National Park ranger. Guests staying at the 'Green' camps can easily be transferred by game drive vehicle to a wilderness zone to experience walking in the bush.

Wayo camps can't be described as luxurious, they are basic but comfortable. Focus is on the environment you are in not on the strength of the Wi-Fi. The tents are small but comfortable, with proper beds and en-suite bucket shower bathrooms. The staff are helpful and always on hand to fetch you a cold drink or position a chair in the shade for the afternoon. The guiding is superb, you need the best when heading out on foot and Wayo places an emphasis on this.

Accommodation

All of Wayo's camps are tented. At the 'Green' camps you'll find bell tents which you can stand up in with proper metal frame beds and comfortable mattresses, these tents all have a zip leading out to an en-suite safari bathroom. The walking camps are even more low-impact, accommodation is in dome tents with comfy mattresses on the floor and camping chairs set outside. Two tents share a bush bathroom, but you'll often be there on your own.

Facilities

Each camp has a mess tent or central area where guests and guides get together before activities and for meals. Besides this there are the guest tents and a little distance behind the 'back of house': parking for the vehicles, kitchen and staff tents.

Meals are simple but tasty and the camp stocks soft and alcoholic drinks. It is best to request any specifics in advance to enable the team to organize the camp supplies accordingly.

Activities

The focus at Wayo is game-drives outside of the wilderness zones, and walking safaris within. Certain areas offer more flexibility with the chance to head out on night drives in Lake Manyara and even canoe in certain areas.

Location & Directions

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wayo Africa's main operations are within the Serengeti national Park. Their Green Camps and Walking Camps have a low footprint and can be quickly packed up and moved to ensure the best wildlife experience. Wayo also operate Green Camps in the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

When to go

Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

December to March, is the Wildebeest calving season. In April and May, the rut begins and the plains dry out so the herd begin the journey north. June and July, the migration gathers momentum and the herds enter the Serengeti Western Corridor. It's here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti River and its vast crocodiles. Between August and November, the migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration.

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