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East Africa’s Finest Big 5 game viewing. A safari destination of an extinct volcano close to Serengeti that offers excellent game viewing in the most unique of settings – including the Big 5, wetlands, forest and grasslands, some out-of-this-world cliff-top accommodation. Note that the nearby town of Karatu is well-positioned for excursions to both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there is a wide range of accommodation in Karatu with many activities on offer such as guided walks and horse rides. Arusha: Centre of the Northern Safari Circuit The definite safari capital of Tanzania, it is ever on the itinerary of virtually anyone visiting Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
Logistics often dictates an overnight stay in or around the town. Set in the shadow of the 4556m Mount Meru, IT has its own international airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport) but safari-goers will head for the smaller Arusha Airport for charter flights into their final destinations. If you do have some time in Arusha, there are many opportunities to buy souvenirs and take in cultural activities and visit local places of interest. A visit to nearby Arusha National Park is worthwhile, if only as an introduction to the wildlife that is to come in the region’s bigger parks.