Charming gateway to Tanzania's northern safari circuit.

1,400 m

About Karatu

Karatu is a picturesque town located in the lush highlands of northern Tanzania, serving as a strategic gateway to the renowned safari destinations of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, and the Serengeti National Park. Nestled between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Great Rift Valley, Karatu offers a serene and verdant s...

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Safety & Vaccinations
Karatu is generally safe for visitors, with standard travel precautions recommended. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever, along with malaria prophylaxis, are advised for travelers to Tanzania.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Located on the main road connecting Arusha to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro regions, Karatu is easily reached by car or as part of organized safari tours.
Getting Around
Exploring Karatu and its surroundings can be done by vehicle, with local taxis and tour operators offering services to nearby attractions and national parks.
Visitors to Tanzania, including those planning to visit Karatu, need a visa, which can be obtained on arrival or online through the eVisa system, ensuring easy access to the country's northern safari circuit.
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