NNC58 Day 16 – 18: Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion – Karatu

October 22, 2014 Comments Off on NNC58 Day 16 – 18: Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion – Karatu
Andrew Walton
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Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion – Karatu

Today we travel a short distance to Karatu, most of the day is spent making our way closer to the Ngorongoro Crater for our day excursion the following day. Upon arrival in Karatu, you will be briefed on the excursion into the crater. Clients who have purchased the Serengeti Excursion upgrade will be collected and separated from the group for the following 4 days.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara River. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalo.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

The next morning we rise early to be collected and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater where we will spend the day exploring this magnificent piece of land. We make our way back to Karatu in the afternoon. Our last day is spent on a cultural tour in Karatu and the rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure with a variety of activities to partake in. The activities must be booked directly with the accommodation prior to arrival.

Accommodation: Campsite: Kudu Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater to Karatu
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu Cultural Tour, Elephant Caves Hike

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