Karatu is a little town whose strategic location serves as a resting point or stopover for tourists going to or taking a break from exploring safaris within the region. Being only 14km from Lodoare gate of Serengeti Park, Karatu is a strategic place to stay for backpackers and tourists travelling on a tight budget.
Besides from the usual safari tour, Karatu is a town that offers relaxation with a blend of cultural adventure. The beauty of coming to Karatu can be well experienced on the streets, taking part in activities like talking a walk through the streets, visiting stores for souvenirs, or buying local snacks on the streets. The Karatu Iraqw Market promises to be a wonderful experience and the perfect place to get awesome souvenirs.
There is a choice of things to do in Karatu, Tanzania such as tours of local Iraqw homes and you can learn all about these people's history and way of life too. There is a weekly market and Masaai herdsman can be spotted in the town. Take time to walk and hike in the countryside and possibly spot wildlife, waterfalls and caves with a guide.
From Arusha to Karatu, the journey takes about 3 hours on self-drive. With public transportation, there are hourly depatures from Arusha bus stop and the average fare is about Tsh7500.