A myriad of interesting shops, bustling markets, exciting cultural events, vibrant night life and many bars and restaurants provide plenty of fun experiences for travellers to Arusha.
- Maasai market
- Local town markets
- Coffee plantation tour
- Forest walks
- Cultural - local market tour, visit orphanage, coffee plantation tours
- Cycling safari
- Walking safari
- Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania. Arusha town has a population of approximately 400,000 and the entire region of Arusha, including its outskirts has a population of 1,288,000.
Arusha is a small town nestled in the shadow of Mount Meru with commanding views of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. Although Dar es Salaam is larger, Arusha tends to be visited more by tourists, as it is the gateway to the northern Tanzania safari circuit. It is likely to be the start of your adventure to the famous parks of Tanzania.
Arusha rests in a fertile valley and the outskirt areas of Arusha are characterized by lush countryside that produces half of Tanzania’s wheat, and substantial amounts of coffee, flowers, beans and pyrethrum for export, along with bananas, maize, millet and vegetables for domestic use.
Arusha receives about 400,000 visitors a year and has a myriad of interesting shops, bustling markets, exciting cultural events, vibrant night life and many bars and restaurants that provide plenty of fun experiences for travelers.
The markets in the centre of town are not to be missed. You can find almost anything at these markets, from food to clothing, to trinkets and much more. The batik and brightly coloured screened cloths are popular with tourists. The Maasai women make beautifully intricate hand beaded jewelry that they sell to tourists.
Arusha is a coffee lovers paradise. Tours of the coffee plantations can be taken where you will find bushes of this well loved crop heavy with berries. You will get to experience the entire process of coffee production, from coffee berry to a cup of coffee.
Arusha outskirts is also home to the Meserani Snake Park which provides various interesting activities for its visitors. Take a guided tour and learn more about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, from the black and green mamba, egyptian cobra, puff adders and many more. You can capture your special moment and hold a real live snake. You can also check out the resident crocodiles at feeding time and get the chance to hold a baby crocodile.
At Meserani Snake Park you can also enjoy a tour from a Maasai guide, who will take you on a guided tour of the Maasai Cultural Museum. You can also opt to jump on a camel and ride to the local Maasai village.
The Natural History Museum is located in Arusha at the Old German Boma. The museum is small and contains three exhibits on early man, plants and animals in the Arusha region and the cultural history of the colonial period of Arusha.
Despite its proximity to the equator, Arusha’s elevation of 1,140 metres on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures relatively low and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges from 13 – 30 degrees celsius with an average of 25 degrees celsius. It has distinct wet and dry seasons.
Accommodation at Arusha
The African Tulip is and elegant and charming luxury boutique hotel. It is situated in a garden setting and features an inviting swimming pool.
This magnificent lodge is spread over 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and natural African bush land, bordering on a river that is lined with beautiful old trees.
Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled amongst the endless acres of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique hotel lodge has been designed around the farms original plantation homes.
Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mt Meru, the Ilboru Safari Lodge is popular with mountain climbers and safari travellers in northern Tanzania.
The Impala Hotel is set in a beautifully landscaped garden with a profusion of flowers and birds. The hotel rooms are spacious, well ventilated and are designed to make guests feel comfortable.
The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is typical for East Africa.
The Kibo Palace Hotel is an ultra modern and elegant executive hotel. Its signature standard in design, style and service creates an environment that is innovative and unique.
A fine countryside retreat that has perfectly incorporated an authentic African rural setting with modern amenities and impeccable service. The lodge is located on a 30 acre coffee farm.
Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Mountain Village offers cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.
Legendary Lodge is the ultimate in luxury and the ideal stay prior or post your safari. Set within lush tropical gardens, the lodge is surrounded by a working coffee plantation.
Meserani Snake Park provides an extensive campsite to relax after a dusty day in the bush. If you crave a shower, a chat to some fellow travelers from Brazil or Japan or a real Tanzanian ‘nyama choma’(bbq) then this is the right place.
The Lodge was conceived to provide superior accommodation to discerning animal lovers visiting Tanzania.
Recently refurbished, the hotel is modern and offers its guests the opportunity to freely stroll along the hotel’s wooded paths or to relax with their favourite beverage upon the hotel’s green lawns.
Shaded by jacaranda, bougainvillea and acacia trees, the hotel is a haven located just moments from the city’s business centre and also from most of its attractions, including art and cultural institutions, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.
Onsea House is perched on a hill providing unparalleled panoramic views across the Maasai steppe, Monduli Mountains and unrivalled spectacle of Mount Meru.
Nestled in the heart of Arusha, Planet Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary where you will find it easy to unwind.
Rivertrees is a cosy country estate and farm set amongst lush and extensive gardens overlooking Mt Kilimanjaro
The hotel has played a leading role in Tanzania’s colourful history and continues to be one of Arusha’s iconic and best loved luxury hotels.
Set in spacious grounds and shaded by banana and palm trees, ‘The Outpost’ provides a friendly oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha town.