Roughly halfway between Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro (it's 14km southeast of Lodoare gate), this charmless town set in a beautiful surrounding area makes a convenient base for visiting both. Indeed, many camping safaris out of Arusha overnight here to avoid paying the camping fees in Ngorongoro. Services are basic but include banks that change cash and have ATMs, petrol stations, and several mini supermarkets (although it’s better to stock up in Arusha).