GUIDE ON ARUSHA CITY IN TANZANIA
Formerly the site of a German military base in the colonial times, Arusha is one of the fastest growing cities in Tanzania. Located halfway between Cape Town and Cairo, the city is perfectly sited to give you easy access to Tanzania's most spectacular wilderness areas, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and many others. The exceptional proximity to the prime wilderness areas has earned the city the nickname of "Safari Town," and every day you will see safari vehicles with visitors who are just beginning their northern circuit safari experience, making Arusha the center of tourism in Tanzania.
Located at the base of Mount Meru, the city gives you endless views of this iconic mountain, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro. From Arusha and Moshi, you can easily access and climb these two majestic peaks with Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca or spend the day at Arusha National Park or even the west plains of Kilimanjaro National Park for a game drive tour of the Amboseli ecosystem.
In addition to safari tourism, Arusha is also known for being a significant business center, and its role in diplomatic affairs is represented by the presence of the International Criminal Tribunal for many of the governments in East Africa. You will also find an intriguing blend of cultures in Arusha, such as Swahili, Indians, Europeans, Americans and local native peoples like the Waarusha.
With so many cultures in one metropolis, you also have the chance to sample foods from around the world, as well as local favorites. Arusha offers street cafes, restaurants and bars where you can savor African and international cuisine, wines and beers. The convenient shops, Maasai Market, farmers market, museums and historic sites within the city allow you to explore almost endlessly. Local communities offer their wares and produce at the street markets, and you may even participate in workshops to learn traditional skills, such as Makonde carving.
To learn more about the native peoples in the region, you may choose one of many Arusha cultural programs that are available, or you may spend some time working with the community programs that support efforts to enhance the quality of life for Tanzanians.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ARUSHA
All of the Arusha accommodations are located inside the city, in the farmland suburbs or at the foothills of Mount Meru. We recommend you stay for one or two days to experience the city activities.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN ARUSHA
Whether you want to learn about the earliest signs of mankind, learn about the city's history, visit the park or interact with its people, there are many ways to enjoy your Arusha exploratory tour.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ARUSHA
Arusha has two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The long dry season is from June through October, and August is typically the driest month of the year. The long rainy season is from March to May.
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ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
Situated in northern Tanzania is the little-known treasure of Arusha National Park that features a variety of ecosystems, such as grasslands, swamps, crater lakes, highland forest and more.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR ARUSHA IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When staying in Arusha, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Arusha attractions and cultural activities before your Northern Tanzania safari to Serengeti (wildebeest migration), Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. You may hike Mount Meru or Mount Kilimanjaro to experience a full day trek or multiple days climb, or even explore Arusha National Park for an adventurous canoeing experience on Momella Lakes combined with a game drive. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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