Holidays to Karatu, Tanzania

Karatu is a great stop-off point for the area’s famous National Parks, if you come here you must visit the Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLake Manyara National Park and the Hadzabe tribe at Lake Eyasi. Take a safari tour from Karatu to any of the wildlife areas nearby where you can see the Big 5; hippos, blue wildebeest, zebras, elands, gazelles and primates. There are plenty of birds too, most notably gigantic flocks of flamingoes that arrive in their thousands during the wet season when the lakes are flooded. 

Once you've had your fill of animals for the day, take a stroll through the town where you'll meet friendly locals. Practise your bartering skills buying fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts and authentic souvenirs at the myriad of rainbow-coloured stalls at the market. If you feel peckish, stop for a snack at one of the vendors and try chapatis, cassava or fried bananas, some delicious local delicacies. 

Due to the town’s altitude and volcanic soil, Karatu coffee is among the best in Tanzania. The town is surrounded by coffee plantations which are well worth a visit. Coffee lovers can sample some at the local stalls or take a tour of the plantations. For those feeling more adventurous, Karatu also brews something a little stronger than coffee. Ask almost any local and they can point you through the maze of streets to the small brewery. Here you can watch beer being brewed and sample a cup.

Highlights

  • Local cuisine and culture

  • Within reach of the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Eyasi

  • Shopping in the vibrant markets

  • Sample traditionally grown coffee and brewed beer

Jen
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Karatu trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas that include Karatu. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Map of Karatu