Karatu is a dusty little town that lies on the gateway to Ngorongoro crater Just outside Karatu, however, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area starts and the town is surrounded by green rolling hills and spectacular views of the surrounding highlands. Conveniently located between the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and the Serengeti National Park on one side and Arusha, Lake Manyara and Tarangire Nationals on the other, this area makes for a good stop-over for one or two nights.

Crater Forest Tented Lodge

Excellent location, if not somewhat difficult to get to in times of rain, the lodge is located in northern Tanzania, East Africa, set a ten kilometre scenic drive away from the main road leadin from the bustling commercial centre of Karatu town to the famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Established on a highland coffee plantation called Kirin Coffee Estate, altitude 1,800 metres above sea-level, the lodge occupies previously cultivated fields directly bordering Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCAA).

The lodge is operated as an eco-friendly small scale lodge with 15 tented rooms, all on platforms with magnificent views over the Ngorongoro Forest. The rooms are spacious and all have ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and toilets. For those chilly upland nights enjoy the warmth of your own African-style firepot. Wake up to the sounds of the awakening forest as a night full of nocturnal wildlife activities gives away to mistily rising sunlight.

Endoro Lodge


Endoro is an eco-friendly lodge located along the boundary of the Ngorongoro Conservation Athority, 5.5 Km from the town of Karatu and 25 Km from the Manyara National Park.

Located on the edge of the Northern Highland Forest Reserve, the Forest boasts of over one hundred bird species, as well as resident elephants, buffalo, baboon troops, and the occasional lion, the main attractions for safari Tanzania.
Endoro Lodge features all private and detached chalets. Each chalet has its own immersion tub, outside shower, private veranda and fireplace.

Within a few minutes walk of Endoro Lodge there is possibility of  hiking, bird watching, animal viewing and plant identification.Visit the Elephant Caves where for centuries the elephants have dug into the hills for necessary minerals and vitamins for their daily diet.

Bougainvillea lodge

Opened its door to the public in June 2006 and is already climbing in popularity. Located on the outskirts of the bustling town of Karatu, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is a calm garden oasis on the Northern safari circuit of Tanzania. A warm welcome awaits you here in the Crater Highlands.

The lodge features 18 fully furnished, self contained cottages with either two twin beds or one king bed, can accommodate triples. There are also family rooms – perfect for those traveling with children. Each cottage features a spacious verandah, fireplace. The Karatu and lodge are set in the green highlands which are home to the Iraqw tribe’s people.

Cultural visits to the town and local village can be booked with prior notice, along with guided walks showing some of the beautiful flowers as well as the coffee farms and other flora of the area.

Octagon lodge

Situated 30km half way between famous National Parks Ngorongoro and Manyara the Lodge is a convenient stop-over to and from these key destinations. The Octagon Safari Lodge is a small and intimate hotel a short drive from Tanzania’s world famous Ngorongoro Crater.

In harmony with the environment the architecture combines natural elements to give the lodge an authentic African feel. The rooms are well furnished with a wood and bamboo design, each with a veranda, bathroom and terrace. The rooms are set in a set in a well manicured natural African garden which attracts a great number of resident bird life.

Ngorongoro farm house

Ngorongoro Farm House a small exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, in Ololdukan, a 500 acre coffee farm located only 30 minutes to the crater rim.

The rooms are exquisitely fitted out with local materials in a style of an old colonial farm. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms.

The main building offers all the other creature comforts covered with an elegant thatched roof, enjoy the selection of readable material from the library and after a fine meal prepared from organic garden settle in front of a warming fireplace in the cool evenings of the Karatu highlands.