View of the lush scenery in Karatu - Flickr Credit Roman Boed

Karatu Tours and Travels

About Karatu

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.

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Karatu Hotels

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

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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.

The Manor at Ngorongoro Karatu

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of an elegant, up country farm home in the Cape Dutch style of architecture. The beautifully furnished cottages are spacious and luxurious with private courtyards and decks that have been positioned so as to make the most of the stunning views that surround the complex. The Manor is located adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area within the Shangri-La Estate and makes an ideal platform for exploring the Ngorongoro Crater.

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.

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Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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