Experience Arusha Town, Tanzania

Arusha is the world’s safari city, but it is often overshadowed by its more glamorous, well-known neighbors, the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater. However, visitors visiting Arusha can choose from a range of activities, such as going on a game drive in Arusha National Park or visiting Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak and a dormant volcano once revered by the Arusha and Meru people as a rain god. As a less expensive alternative to Kilimanjaro, the mountain offers difficult climbing and stunning scenery.

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 in the evening, choose from a variety of restaurants that serve Swahili, Indian, and foreign cuisine. Evenings feature live music ranging from jazz and salsa to local hip-hop, western music, and bush full moon parties. 

Arusha is well worth a visit whether you’re going on safari or returning from a day of game driving.

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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

Arusha Coffee House

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.

Rivertrees Country Inn

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.

Onsea House

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.

Arumeru River Lodge

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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