Tanzania Ngorongoro crater view
Tanzania Ngorongoro forest
Tanzania Karatu market

Karatu is a small but lively town on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Most visitors pass through en-route to safari camps, but if you have some spare time it's worth slowing down to make some cultural connections. But the town's main appeal is its proximity to the rolling Ngorongoro highlands and the world-famous Ngorongoro crater.

You can easily spend several days here enjoying guided nature hikes through thick forests and coffee plantations and, of course, a visit down to the vast crater floor.

The great wildebeest migration

An essential guide to planning a migration safari in Tanzania and Kenya

Sometimes called ‘the greatest show on earth’, the wildebeest migration sees mega herds of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles continuously travel thousands of kilometres in a broadly clockwise direction from the southern Serengeti, north into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and back again. Along the way the herds experience the full circle of life, from mating, to calving, to death – often in the jaws of their many predators: the crocodiles and big cats who are themselves sustained by Mother Nature’s beautiful, if brutal, cycle. This endless journey sees herds splitting and reforming, retracing their steps before heading onwards again and other variations that can make the whole thing more chaotic than it might at first seem...read more

8 days

Tanzania migration safari

Experience Africa's greatest wildlife phenomenon
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14 days

Kilimanjaro and Tanzania wildlife adventure

Explore snow-capped Kilimanjaro and tour wild game reserves
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16 days

Tanzania safari, Kilimanjaro and islands

From mountain top and safari adventure to island beaches
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Karatu Tours

Northern Tanzania Safari

Experience the Serengeti on a private safari

7 daysFrom $2,325
Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha, Karatu, Lake Manyara National Park
Tour Type Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks

Northern Tanzania Adventure

Explore Karatu, the Serengeti and Matemwe.

10 daysFrom $4,440
Serengeti, Zanzibar, Karatu
Tour Type Custom itinerary
Activity Safari, Luxury, Beach, Active, Walking, Camping, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Diving, Snorkelling, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism

Karatu Travel Companies

Tanzania Odyssey

Creating tailor-made trips to Tanzania since 1998
Tanzania
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Solo Travel

Rwanda Eco Company & Safaris

Tailor made gorilla and wildlife safaris
East Africa, Central Africa
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Overlanding, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, History, Responsible Travel, Eco-travel, Community-led Tourism

Pamoja Safaris

Supporting the community through tours and travel
East Africa, Central Africa
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Adventure, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities

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