MAP
The Safari Experts
/2
Images
  • arusha town
Rotate phone to view
2
full screen images

Arusha

...

... is a relatively large town in Northern Tanzania, a major transport hub which acts as a gateway to the cluster of reserves of to the west that includes Ngorongoro and Serengeti via both Arusha Domestic Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

It is a buzzing and lively town in a scenic location at the foot of Mount Meru and with its suburbs spread out over numerous volcanic foothills. The place has a frontier style atmosphere, with safari vehicles, stinky trucks and cranky old taxis fighting for space on the dusty roads.

There is a very wide range of accommodation, from glass-towered business hotels to basic guest-houses to very high quality rural retreats.

In terms of activities, the town has some decent shopping options, whether you are looking to stock up on supplies for a safari, fix a washing machine, visit a colourful local market or a large curio emporium. There are also lots of cultural activities that you can get involved in if you wish, from watching a national league football game in the main stadium to visiting various schools and philanthropic projects. If you are staying in one of the more rural lodges around the periphery to the east, there are also lots of opportunities for walking and mountain-biking amongst some really lovely scenery. It is also possible to do day-trips into the nearby Arusha National Park.

But we don't want to paint too pretty a picture here. Most visitors view Arusha as a rather hectic African town, which for the most part is dirty, chaotic and run down. Love it or hate it, that's the way most towns and cities are on this continent. There are also some serious traffic issues and getting across town in the rush hour can be a major undertaking.


Read more : Seasons : Accommodation : Trips
Related Lodges
Your Trip
Get in touch with us now and we will get right back to you
with a set of individually tailor-made sample trips
From there it should be easy
to fine tune to your perfect african adventure
Trip Search
All the trips we have ever built are here for you to browse
Select a location or experience and a price range to get started
Jay Hanson
Jay Hanson, Senior Safari Consultant
There's no time too soon
to get in touch,
please don't feel that you have to
have everything all lined up
before giving us a call.