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About Karatu

Karatu is a small town in Tanzania. On route to attractions such as the Serengeti, Karutu backpacking tours offer the best way to experience the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit.


Karatu airports include the following:
•Kilimanjaro International Airport


Karatu birdlife is rich and abundant, with over 220 species recorded in the area, including Black-headed Heron, Marabou Stork, Sacred Ibis, Green Sandpiper, African Hawk-Eagle, White-backed Vulture, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Fischer's Lovebird and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater.


Due to its proximity to the Northern Safari Circuit, Karatu conservation efforts plays an important role in preserving the Ngororongo Forest which the town borders, as well as tribal village preservation and other initiatives.


Karatu is situated at an elevation where the malaria parasite cannot survive, so malaria is not a concern in this area. However, depending on where you decide to travel after visiting Karatu, you may pass through malarial areas and should therefore follow your doctor's advice regarding medication.


Karatu plant life is very lush and diverse, with the beautiful Ngorongoro Forest and its range of trees, vines and plants, as well as number of gardens and farms within the area.

Safety Tips

•Karatu is a relatively safe and secure area for travel
•Wildlife is mostly unfenced in the reserves nearby, so take basic precautions and do not leave your vehicle on game drives
•Drive slowly and carefully, especially in high density game areas
•Do not ever attempt to touch or feed any wildlife you see, not only is this dangerous but it also interferes with animals
•Lakes are not for swimming, there may be crocodiles or hippos in the water, both of which are equally dangerous to humans

Travel Books

Karatu recommended travel books include the following:
•The Rough Guide to Tanzania by Jens Finke
•Tanzania: Footprint Travel Guides by Lizzie Williams
•Serengeti II: Dynamics, Management, and Conservation of an Ecosystem by A. R. E. Sinclair and Peter Arcese
•Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar by Philip Briggs
•Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A. Turner, David J. Pearson and Ian Willis


Karatu wildlife includes animals within the forests surrounding the area, such as Buffalo, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, and Baboons, as well as game across the Northern Safari Circuit, including Lion, Hyena, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Zebra, Impala and Gazelle.


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