Halfway between Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater is the roadside village of Karatu, where there are comfortable accommodation choices on the border of the Conservation Area. This is the best position to be in from which to explore the surrounding area, with traditional homesteads, lush plantations and working farms. The lodges round here are all colonial style farm houses, with open tropical gardens and ancient tall led-wood trees. A day can be spent exploring the highlands and the working coffee plantations, hiking or mountain biking.
The main safari route from Arusha and Manyara passes through this area Karatu on the way north to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
The area is of particular note for a number of beautiful farmhouse lodges set in a stunning rural landscapes of coffee plantations and shamba farms.
Lodges along Karatu area include Karatu simba lodge, Kudu lodge, Tloma, Ngorongoro farm house, Bougainvilla lodges, Karatu country lodge, Karatu tented lodge, Octagon Lodge, Rhotia valley tented lodge