Forget Arusha, Karatu’s really the hub of safari in Northern Tanzania. It’d be incredibly rare to take a safari in this area of the country and not pass through Karatu at least once. This dusty highland town is where Maasai come to trade their cattle, safari cooks stock up for the long adventure ahead, and mud covered vehicles come for emergency repairs. The surrounding countryside plays home to a number of coffee plantations and farms, several of which take in guests wishing to spend a few days in the cool highland climate or do a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara National Park.
Our pick of places to stay in and around Karatu: