Enduimet wildlife management area is great to visit because of its lower costs, but also amazing for walking safari’s. In our opinion one of the most exiting ways to explore a national park in Tanzania. The ‘main’ walking safari where everybody goes is currently in Arusha, but a walking safari in the Enduimet wildlife management area is far more exciting! You’ll explore the conservancy with your own ranger by foot. You’ll get up close with the animals and the ranger will explain you all about them.
Like every other park, you can explore Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with a safari-vehicle. But, unlike most other parks, you can explore it with a regular car, without taking a 50/50 chance of your car breaking down of course. We’ve done it many times before!
Enduimet WMA is one of the few parks in Tanzania that you can explore on the motorbike. Hop on the back of a local Maasai and drive trough the amazing and vast landscapes of the park. The bumpy roads, up-close encounters with amazing animals and a soar-ass at the end of the day make this one of the most memorable experiences.
There’s loads of maasai villages located troughout Enduimet wildlife management area. Because this park is more of a ‘off-the-beaten-track’ park, visiting a local maasai village here is one of the best ways to have an authentic maasai experience without having other tourists around.
Because Enduimet WMA lies so close to Kenya, you can easily bring a visit to the official border and have a little peek into Kenya. The border is marked by the concrete blocks in the picture above. Your guide can tell you about the history that went down here and you can hop between Kenya and Tanzania.
Even though the Enduimet conservancy isn’t one of the most popular parks in Tanzania, there’s a vast amount of animals to see. Just as many as any of the other parks in Tanzania.
Here’s a short list of some of the most known animals we’ve seen in Enduimet wildlife management area over the past year (2019-2020):
Enduimet hosts the so called ‘Kitenden Corridor’, which is an elephant ‘highway’ that crosses the Tanzania-Kenyan border. Here the elephants, among many other animals, migrate up and down between Amboseli national park in Kenya and Enduimet wildlife management area in Tanzania. Because of the Kitenden Corridor, elephants can often be spotted. Also the sightings of big cats, elands and other wildlife have increased over the last few years.
Compared to the other National Parks in Tanzania, the Enduimet wildlife management area is very cheap. If you know a little bit about safari in Tanzania, then you’ve probably already seen their prices. It’s not cheap. This is mostly because of the high government fees in the parks. The enduimet wildlife management area however, has a lower price. It’s still quite ‘undiscovered’ and not often visited by tourists, so the prices remain low… for now.
This makes enduimet a great addition for younger travelers, off the beaten track enthousiasts and people who are more on a budget can’t afford to go to all the more expensive parks, but still want to have that unique safari experience. If you’re interested in visiting the park. Ask us for a quote by clicking here.
Arusha –Since Enduimet lies fairly close to Arusha, it’s the perfect off the beaten track destination to have a nice daytrip. If you leave in the early morning, you can have a safari and return safely before dark. In Arusha there’s loads of accommodations such as lodges, hostels and hotels in every price range.
Camping –If you fancy something more adventurous, you might consider staying in Enduimet’s local campsite. Chui public campsite is the only official campsite in the wildlife management area and offers a great, private experience as not often visitors camp here. Camping at chui public campsite, while giraffes, elephants and other wild animals are near is surely a great experience!
Maasai lodges – Enduimet lies in what they call in Tanzania the ‘maasai lands’. Within these lands are several maasai lodges like Olpopongi cultural village or the more luxurious Amini life maasai lodge to have an authentic cultural stay. There’s also the option to stay in a more local village, where you will sleep on dried cowhide.
Luxury Campsites/Lodges – Even though there are few lodges in the area. There’s a couple of options like the luxury Shu’Mata camp – A semi-permanent camp, hidden in the maasai lands and a perfect off the beaten track destination at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. By 2021 Enduimet wildlife management area will have its own lodge, called the WMA lodge, located right in the middle of the park on a beautiful hill. It’s currently being build so we didn’t have any time to review it yet (stay tuned).
Enduimet lies in the most northern area of Tanzania. It is bordered with Kilimanjaro National Park on the South-East, while on the North, it borders the Tanzania-Kenya political boundary. On the west side, the Enduimet wildlife management area borders with Ngasurai Open Area. It lies in ‘Olmolog’ and ‘Tinga Tinga’ wards in the West Kilimanjaro Basin of Longido District. On a clear day you will have beautiful views on Mount Meru, Mount longido and Kilimanjaro.
From Arusha it’s about a 2-2,5 hour drive.
From Moshi it’s about a 2-2,5 hour drive.