Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. These excursions are done in locally operated 4WD vehicles, which are adapted for safari use.
The Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes them via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. They spend this evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu.
This morning they depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.
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