The Northern Circuit is rather short in mid-range options and accommodation is generally either in the budget or high-end range. But not for Karatu, the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands. Karatu is a Roadtrip paradise, with many good value for money accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Octagon Lodge is set in a beautiful garden with cozy restaurant & bar. When booking a room, ask for a stay in one of the older garden houses, which are very cute. Pitching your own tent is allowed, but there are no cooking facilities. Prices are US$ 150 for a double on basis of Half Board. The management runs a number of outdoor activities in and around Karatu.