KARATU COUNTRY LODGE – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREAS
Karatu country lodge is a mid -range accommodation found outskirt karatu town (small country town in Ngorongoro) between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro crater in Northern Tanzania . The lodge is set on 5 acres of lush Landscape surrounded by the rolling hills stretching to coffee growing areas of oldeani , garden and Ngorongoro forest. One can be at the lodge by road transport from Arusha since it’s the gateway destination to different areas in Tanzania while from international countries like Canada, USA, dubai , quata etc . it takes approximately 3-4 hours drive on tarmac road from Arusha through mayukuni and karatu and 45 minutes to fly to the close lake manyara airstrip then few minutes to be transferred to the lodge. The lodge is convenient and business friendly to travellers, tourists and holiday makers who want to discover and explore the stunning views in the three national park that incude; ngorongoro , lake manyara and tarangire national park
Karatu country lodge consist of 12 spacious and comfortable cottages with king and queen sized bed with the views of the tropical gardens designed in African style with local wood, beautiful stones and high level of comfort. Cottages are well decorated and furnished with private en suite facilities of flushing toilets, Bathroom with hot and cold showers heated on solar, mosquito nets, comfortable tropical wooden beds with clean and washed beddings, free bottled water, free toiletries, chairs and tables, slippers mention but few. Cottages have private balconies, verandas and sitting areas, you relax while enjoying the stunning view over the lush gardens, ngorongoro forest and surrounding area. There is cracking campfires pit where guests relax and share experiences about the safari, it also provides warmth to visitors in the nights. Rooms are in different categories and sizes with single beds for individuals, double beds for couples or people, twin and triple/family beds designated for family with different costs ranging from 200$ per night and above sometimes the rate goes slightly high during high/peak season than in Low season.
Karatu country lodge offers more services and facilities which include;
A restaurant with high flavored Menu both international (A la carte menu ) and African- inspired meals that meets guests choice .Meals offered include; Continental breakfast ,lunch and dinner serve by well trained, friendly and organized staff. You can have meals in any place of you choice either in dinning area or garden overlooking the beautiful landscape, rolling hills and morning sunrises especially in the morning.
A well -stocked bar with variety of drinks , local ,cocktail , wines, spirits and international beers, you relax and sip the cocktail or monk tail while overlooking the stunning view of the colorful garden, rolling hills and surrounding area .
A blue water swimming pool that cools off the hot afternoon with poolside chair to relax on as you wind you evening with cocktail overlooking the tropical beautiful gardens , rolling hills and surrounding areas.
Services; solar energy available, Free parking space available, offers airport pick -ups and drop-offs, Laundry and house- keeping services available , bottled water available.
Internet WIFI available at the lodge that enables visitors to keep in touch with their families and friends.
Activities to do while at the lodge; Visiting the close ngorongoro crater and lake manyara national park, nature walks in the park, community walks in the local villages and many more.
Ngorongoro crater is found in the Northern part of Tanzania close to Ngorongoro conservation area in the great rift valley covering the total area of 8,292km and its 3 million years old . The crater is the best place in East Africa with beautiful breathtaking Views. There are different attractions in the park which include; wild beast migration from Serengeti , Ngorongoro crater , Salei Plains and Ol karien Gorge, Variety flora and Fauna, stunning scenery and many more attractions. The park has different categories of accommodation like; Budget , Mid range and luxury accommodation that are convenient and affordable to guests visiting the area.
The park contains short grasses with more high lands and other beautiful volcanoes. The area have over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros and over 100 number of lions, 7,000 wild beasts, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles . The park has different animal including the big five mammals of the world ; lion ,Buffaloes, elephant, leopards ,Rhinos ,zebras , implalas , antelopes and different bird species . There are more different activities to do while in the Park which include ; Game viewing at crater and lake Eyasi view point to different animals migrating, Crater viewing , Cultural visits in the local village, Hiking the Gol Mountains in the remote areas of the park , Crater Rim Nature walks, Bird watching in the park, Visiting archaeological like oldivai gorge museum and many other activities . The Park gives stunning view of the Ngorongoro Crater since it’s the largest caldera in the world and the surrounding areas. There are more masaai mara pastoralists in Ngorongoro park . its 80$ per person entering Ngorongoro park . June –july and late January and February are the best month to travel in Tanzania for a safari especially Ngorongoro side