A convenient resting point between the Ngorongoro crater and surrounding highlands and Lake Manyara, Karatu is a vibrant little town, which deserves to be more than just a stop over on your itinerary. Presided over by the extinct volcano Ol Deani, the landscape of Karatu is lush with verdant vegetation. This beautiful scenery is accompanied by a pleasantly cool climate, due to the altitude of the town, and some breathtaking vistas of the highlands. With its delightful hustle and bustle and authentic vibe, there is no better place to use as a platform for exploring the Ngorongoro Crater.Read More
Within the town there are a surprising number of different things that visitors can see and do to fill their time there. Firstly, walking around the town will allow you to stumble across all sorts of interesting places including the marketplace, which is stocked up with spices, vegetables and wooden carvings. One of the numerous brick making sites might come in to view as well. Brick making is an important industry in Karatu and the process is fascinating to observe.
Further exploration of Karatu will take travellers to the local brewery, where they will be able to witness the production of local beer and even taste some if they are feeling particularly bold. If the idea of warm beer doesn't seem that appealing then a trip to a cafe to sample some of the local coffee might be a better option. While Tanzanian coffee doesn't enjoy quite the same level of international fame as its Kenyan neighbour does, it is still worth tasting.
If you are planning a Karatu holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu
Commanding panoramic views of the Karatu farmlands from its postion on the spectacular Great Rift escarpment, the elegant Acacia Farm Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore Tanzania's world-famous reserves. The contemporary African styled chalets are well-appointed with WiFi and private balconies for sunset views across the farm. After a day on safari enjoy fine dining with a choice of wines from the lodge's own cellar or relax in the swimming pool and bar area. The Acacia Farm Lodge is strategically located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side and Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on the other.
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Karatu
Set around beautiful gardens, Bougainvillea is a popular safari lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. The cottages are dotted around the gardens and are well furnished, each with a private veranda from which to enjoy the views. The refreshing outdoor pool is great for a a dip before you tuck into a gourmet dinner, freshly prepared onsite. The lodge is perfectly located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Country Lodge Karatu
This charming lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. It is made up of 22 spacious rooms with uniquely designed en-suite bathrooms and private verandas from which to enjoy views of the lush tropical gardens. In the restaurant, guests can feast on a range of gourmet meals prepared by the lodge's chef. Located just 10 minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater, the Country Lodge is ideal for stopping over before exploring the area.
Plantation Lodge Karatu
Plantation is a stunning lodge. The rooms lie generously distributed throughout the flowering garden, some with verandas and direct access to the garden. Each room has its own luxurious style and offers a high level of comfort. The restaurant serves tantalising meals throughout the day and offers guests the opportunity to dine al fresco at lunch time. The lodge is a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Karatu Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Karatu.