If you seek an entry to the northern circuit of stellar national parks and a starting point for a memorable safari, Arusha is your goto place. This large sprawling city offers a nice break from the rigours on the African road with excellent places to stay and eat. Located near the foot of Mt Meru, Arusha is situated at an altitude of 1300m and enjoys a temperate climate all year round. Should you find yourself at the safari capital of northern Tanzania, here are the top things to do:
For a safari capital, Arusha promises no less of an adventurous safari experience when you visit the several wildlife parks within the town and its environs. From Ngurdoto Crater to Meserani Snake Park, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Serengeti Heritage, Engare sero waterfall or Themi Falls Leisure Park, a tour of the wildlife or ecosystem should be on the top of your list.
The city of Arusha is a great place to experience all that the Tanzanian culture has to offer. From the food to music, arts, and traditional dances, a visit to Arusha will make you fall in love with the beautiful culture of the Tanzanians.
Start from Arusha and hike your way up to Mount Meru where a chance to see the beautiful landscape view of Arusha awaits you.
Not only is Arusha historically known as the trading centre of Northern Tanzania’s, it is also its cultural centre. Exciting gastronomic experiences is what wining and dining in Arusha offers with its wide variety of food hugely influenced by Bantu, Arabesque, Swahili, British and German culture.
Explore the town and the dining available with the local businesses in Arusha. Although the city’s downtown area and the main road towards Dodoma are noisy and packed with people and traffic, a tour of Arusha often proves to be an eventful one.
Nestled within Arusha and its environs are natural parks, mountains, beaches and waterfalls that will leave you appreciating the beauty of natural untouched living.
Get to know more about this historic town when you pay a visit to its museums and galleries that chronicle the history of the town, its people and showcase its art. A visit is sure to take you back memory lane.
There are many sights to see in Arusha. In the middle of Arusha, is the Clock Tower circle with a cool story and an easy meeting point for tourists and locals alike. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the natural pools of Maji Moto or paddle across Lake Duluti in a canoe. Glimpse the colourful life in Arusha when you take a stroll through the city.
Arusha has a number of good places to shop for souvenirs that will leave you feeling nostalgic. Visit the central market to get all your needs. You can purchase items from gift and specialty shops such as the Maasai Market Curios and Crafts. At the Tanzanite Experience, buy the highly sought after and rare Tanzanian gemstone along with other certified stones and jewellery.