The town of Karatu is located between Lake Manyara National Park on the East and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the North. The town offers an excellent opportunity to get a taste of Tanzania’s culture alongside your safari experience.
Visiting Karatu is a great way to explore modern-day African village life.
There is a local market near the town, you can visit the market with its vegetables, fruits, spices, clothes, and fabrics, and let your local guide help you decide on what the try and buy. The market is also an excellent place to find souvenirs, as it is a place where local artists sell their paintings, wood carvings, and handmade jewelry. And if you want to have a taste of local cuisine, this is the place to try!
Karatu Tented Lodge is located at Rhotia village near Karatu town. The lodge offers excellent hotel accommodation in Karatu for quick access to the parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Eyasi.
Karatu town provides a tranquil and scenic alternative to bustling city life, allowing visitors to unwind and connect with nature and local culture. Whether you are interested in wildlife, culture, or outdoor adventures, Karatu has something to offer for every traveler.
Karatu experience can be added to your safari itinerary; a day or two can be enough to explore the nearby activities besides Safari. If included with the safari, you may even stay 6+ nights and explore day trips to the parks of Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara, and Mto wa Mbu villages.
Moderate physical fitness is required to explore Karatu. Basic knowledge of the two is needed if you plan on biking or hiking. Trails for biking or moderately steep.
Karatu is about 120 kilometers from Arusha town, which is all tar road any car can reach here. ,
If you wish to fly, the nearest airstrip is Manyara, about a 20-minute from Karatu town and Karatu Tented Lodge.