Experience Arusha Town, Tanzania

Arusha is the safari capital of the world but it is often unfairly overlooked in favor of its more glamorous, better known neighbors – Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer tourists from either starting your morning with a game drive Arusha National Park or proceeding to Mount Meru; Africa’s fifth highest peak, a dormant volcano, once worshipped as a rain god by the Arusha and Meru people. The mountain provides challenging climbing and breath-taking scenery as an affordable alternative to Kilimanjaro. 

Thereafter break for lunch at Arusha Town and if you need to do a souvenir shopping, Arusha is a noted crafts Centre. The Cultural Heritage Centre in town boasts an array of superb Makonde carvings, Tingatinga paintings, gifts and souvenirs. Later on spend your evening with a good choice of restaurants offering Swahili, Indian and international cuisine. There’s liv music in the evenings from jazz and salsa, to local hip-hop, traditional music and full moon parties in the bush. 

So, if you’re heading out on safari, or returning from days of game driving, Arusha is well worth a visit.

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Map of Arusha Town

Places to Stay at Arusha Town

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Arusha that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

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Arusha Coffee House

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

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Rivertrees Country Inn

The inn is a charming country estate that was once an old coffee farm, and still retains the nostalgic air of a well-loved homestead. Sprawling ten acres of fertile greenery, the grounds are a natural extension of Mt Meru’s sloping foothills, and offer a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife indigenous to the area.

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Onsea House

Onsea House offer 5 tastefully decorated and peaceful rooms. The cozy and tranquil country inn, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, consists of 2 double suites and a family suite overlooking the Meru valley.

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Arumeru River Lodge

Ameru features an inviting lounge and large terrace with a wonderful view of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The 31 chalets, junior suites and family rooms are located in individual bungalows spread across the large tropical estate.

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