Tanzania

Karatu

Gateway to Ngorongoro

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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.

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Tanzania Migration Safari

Experience Africa's greatest wildlife phenomenon
Approx. 8 days
Arusha (1 days) → Karatu (2) → Serengeti (4) → Arusha (1)
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Kilimanjaro and Tanzania Wildlife Adventure

Explore snow-capped Kilimanjaro and tour wild game reserves
Approx. 14 days
Arusha (1 days) → Mt. Kilimanjaro (7) → Tarangire National Park (2) → Karatu (2) → Arusha (1) → Mt. Kilimanjaro (1)
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Tanzania Safari, Kilimanjaro and Islands

From mountain top and safari adventure to island beaches
Approx. 16 days
Arusha (1 days) → Mt. Kilimanjaro (7) → Karatu (2) → Serengeti (2) → Zanzibar (3) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania

Exploring wilderness in Kenya and Tanzania
Approx. 13 days
Nairobi (1 days) → Masai Mara National Park (4) → Serengeti (4) → Karatu (2) → Arusha (1) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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