KARIBU KARATU TANZANIA — KKT from its central location in Karatu, offers easy access to all of the "Northern Circuit Parks". We have in following prepared a brief and concise summary, noting the highlights for each individual park along with route layouts for orientation.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - “Endless by name and endless in nature” This internationally renowned park indeed lives up to its name in every way. The name Serengeti, as translated from the Masai language means endless plains which at varying times of the year are indeed filled with endless nature of over 2.000,000 migrating wilderbeast and 800.000 zebra. It is indeed one of the most awe aspiring sights in the world of nature and a must to add to your bucket list. Apart from the migration of the seasonal animals, resident animals and birds all year round complete the breath taking panorama.
NGOROGORO CONSERVATION AREA AND CRATER — Formed by volcanic activitv and covering an area of 260 sq.miles, the rich volcanic soil, together with its adjacent lakes hosts one of the greatest densities and diversities of animals and birds on the African continent. The 600m high crater walls and clear air provides one of the best backdrops for photography while the compactness of the crater itself offers one of the best opportunities for animal viewing including the possibility to see the elusive and threatened rhino. Resident flocks of flamingos inhabit the lakes within the crater.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – This not so small park of 2850 sq.miles is famous for its high year round population of elephant, birds and thousands of years old baobab trees. These huge and majestic trees, their size fully brought into perspective by the resident animals, particularly the elephants, bring the unique contrast of African flora and fauna together for the ardent photographer. Split in two by the Tarangire river, which has water all year round, the density of animals is always maintained in Tarangire, particularly the dry season. Tarangire National Park, for what it offers is one of the best kept secrets in Tanzania.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – Located within the “Great Rift Valley" and centrally located within a one hour drive from Karatu, the park is one of the best locations on the northern parks circuit for the introduction of the “bird lover” to the treasures of more than 420 species of birds, so much, that it is not uncommon to observe up to 100 species of birds in one day. Manyara National Park is also host to the unique "tree climbing lions" which relax on the lower branches of Acacia trees during the day. Walking tours and night game drives are also available within the boundaries of the park.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK – Tucked away under the skirts of Mount Meru, gifted with the perfect perspective of Mount Kilimanjaro and only 45 minutes drive from Arusha, this uniquely beautiful park is primarily associated as the starting point for the intrepid climbers of Mount Meru. However, the lower reaches of the park, together with the Momela Lakes, provide a rewarding destination for visitors with limited time available, providing walking/hiking tours within the resident herds of zebra, giraffe and the smaller antelopes. The adjacent lakes are often tinged pink by the thousands of flamingos around the edges.