I love it because it’s bold, it’s bright, and it’s full of life. Because of its lush greenery and panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is referred to as either a smoky town or an oasis of tranquility, depending on who you speak with.
It is our pleasure to serve you in Arusha, Tanzania’s northern gateway to the safari circuit. The small town, which is nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous national parks, including the Mount Meru National Park. It is only a small percentage of visitors to Tanzania’s northern parks who make the effort to become acquainted with this region. You’ll be amazed at how much Arusha and the surrounding area has to offer once you discover it.
Arusha is a city in the country of Tanzania.
Investigate the various markets in the area.
Arusha’s markets are some of the most vibrant and interesting in Africa, making them an excellent place to get a feel for daily life in the region while on safari. It is possible to purchase fresh fruit, spices, and carvings as well as Maasai handicrafts and jewelry at the market. Visitors to the markets, even those who are not particularly fond of shopping, will find it to be a memorable experience.
A sensory overload occurs at the Central Market on Bondeni Street (also known as Soko Kuu or “Big Market”), which is located in the heart of the city, whereas the Kilombero Market on Sokione Road is smaller and less overwhelming. Prepare to haggle and keep an eye out for pickpockets and thieves.
Visit the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
You should visit this museum if you are interested in Arusha’s archaeological past or its German colonial past. The museum is housed in an old German fort that dates back to the early 1900s. An additional wing of the museum, consisting of fossils discovered in Tanzania, is devoted to the study of human evolution, in addition to the three sections previously mentioned.
Pass through the Center for Cultural Heritage on your way to your destination.
The Cultural Heritage Center, located outside of Arusha, is the best place to learn about Tanzanian culture and souvenirs, as well as to buy them. Among the items on display at this one-of-a-kind museum are masks, spices, antiques, and precious stones. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, has also stayed at the Centre.
Visit the Maasai Women Fair Trade Center to purchase items.
The Simeon Road shop, located on Simeon Road, is a great place to find handcrafted items made in the local community. The initiative was initiated by the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO), a nongovernmental organization founded by women with the goal of improving the status of Maasai women. Purchasing from this site will assist Maasai women in Tanzania in gaining a more secure financial position.
Outside of the city of Arusha
Tour of Maasai cooking utensils that have been sanitized
An organized community tour to the Maasai Clean Cookstoves program in Monduli, outside of Arusha, was organized by G Adventures and Planeterra. Tours generate funds for the installation of clean stoves and solar-powered solutions in MaaSai households in order to reduce the negative health effects of traditional cookstove smoke. Women from the Maasai tribe have formed a coalition to improve the quality of the air they breathe.
The Arusha Mountains and the Arusha National Park are two of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Those looking for a break from a long wildlife safari drive will find it to be an excellent option for day trips. However, this region is home to the world’s largest population of giraffes, making it an excellent location for viewing all of the “big five” animals. Aside from that, you’ll also come across hippos and other acrobats to entertain you. A canoe safari on Small Momella Lake is a common part of a typical day at Arusha National Park, and it is a popular activity for visitors.
The African peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro are the highest points on the continent.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s tallest peak, can be seen from Arusha in less than 100 kilometers, making it the shortest distance between the two cities (62 miles). Most people take the Coca-Cola route, which starts in Marangu, about a two-hour drive from Arusha. It is the most popular route. For the route, which is the oldest and most well-known in the world, a minimum of five days is required to complete it.
Although Mount Meru (4,560m or 14,961 ft) is closer to Arusha than Kilimanjaro (40 minutes by car) and lower in elevation than Kilimanjaro, it requires more technical skills and is only suitable for more experienced climbers due to its higher altitude and lower elevation. In most cases, the trek will take three to four days. Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed in succession to take advantage of the altitude acclimatization effect.
Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater are some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Because of their popularity, this trio of national parks is by far the most visited in the Arusha region, and for good reason. Even if you don’t get to see any of the “big five,” you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking scenery and vast expanses of wilderness that Namibia has to offer.
It is legendary that the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras through the Serengeti Plains National Park takes place in the summer; the Ngorongoro Crater is home to some of Africa’s most diverse wildlife; and Lake Manyara, during the breeding season, is home to tens of thousands of flamingos. A four-day safari departing from Arusha will provide you with the opportunity to see all three of these attractions.
In the Serengeti, large herd migrations can be observed, as well as elephant sightings.
The Serengeti is home to both massive herd migrations and elephant sightings, which are both common occurrences.
Discovering the Mysteries of Arusha
We’re on our way to Arusha.
Kilimanjaro International Airport is approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the city center; Arusha Municipal Airport, located on the outskirts of the city, serves only domestic flights, primarily from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Kilimanjaro International Airport is the closest international airport to the city. Kilimanjaro International Airport, the busier of the two airports, is located in the northern part of the country. With the help of public coach services, Arusha is connected to other major Tanzanian cities as well as neighboring countries. This Tanzanian city is only six hours away by plane or car, 12 hours away by train, and 17 hours away by bus from where you are currently located.
Arusha is a two-hour flight away from Nairobi.
The daladala is the primary mode of public transportation in Arusha, serving both the locals and the tourists. For TZS400 (approximately 25 cents), a one-way trip around town in one of Tanzania’s minibuses is reasonable. In order to avoid being targeted by pickpockets, it is critical to keep all of your valuables in a bag on your lap while you are walking. You can save money by hailing a cab, but make sure you and the driver have reached an agreement on a price before getting into the car.