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Arusha Safari Tours | Safari from Arusha

Arusha Safari Tours | Safari from Arusha

Arusha Safari Tours

Arusha is the main hub for top safari parks especially in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. This includes Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro Crater. Additionally, Arusha holds domestic and international airports and public transportation hubs that connect to other major cities on the continent. In this article, we will cover the most renowned safaris from Arusha Tanzania and information on how to get here, what you need to get here, etc.

Deemed as the most accessible park in Tanzania, Arusha National Park boasts of an incredible landscape and wildlife that offers various safari activities including a canoe trip, walking safari and picnics in the wild. It also covers Mount Meru, a dormant volcano that is known as Africa’s fifth highest mountain, considered an excellent introductory climbing destination.

Walk freely alongside the wildlife of Tanzania and visit unique sights. A great way to start your Safari Experience. At the foot of Mount meru lies Arusha National Park. A beautiful park, famous for its green surroundings, lakes, unique sights and its black and white colubus monkey. A walking safari is an unique and thrilling experience and a chance to be up-close with wild animals, face to face. Something that is only possible in a few national parks.

Best Safari Tours from Arusha

Day Trips in and Around Arusha: 

Arusha Day Tours is just a one day trip, but the experiences you can achieve here, that’s totally out of this world. The superb natural beauty, magnificent wildlife and Cultural experience! Tanzania Day Trips & Tours starting from Arusha takes you to the closest parks of Arusha National park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Please Click below for suggested itinerary offered  by Serengeti Trips from Arusha:

Best tours from Arusha

Arusha Na. Park - Day Trip

The most accessible national park in Tanzania, Arusha National Park is just a short (1 hour) drive from Arusha proper. While the park is not home to any big cats or larger mammals, it is an ideal place to spot buffalo, zebras, warthogs, and a variety of primates.

2 Days Lake Manyara and Tarangire

Manyara/Tarangire Day Trips

Located between 1.5 and 2.5 hours from Arusha, the twin parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire offer the more quintessential safari experience. Home to four of the Big Five (rhinos being the notable exception), both parks are a terrific place to spot lions etc.

Safari from dar-es-salaam to Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Day Trips

While the Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies approximately four hours' drive from Arusha, it is possible for a particularly ambitious traveler to make the trip in a single day. While we don't usually advise this due to the rushed itinerary, it's a great way to see Ngorongoro Crater

Hiking and Walking in and Around Arusha:

Whether you set foot on the summits of  Tanzania’s highest mountains or just walk through the lush forests on the lower slopes for a few hours  or full hike to Kilimanjaro– trekking in this country offers something for everyone. Volcanoes, high plateaus and mountain ranges, lakes and craters offer superb possibilities for short hikes or long treks.

Please Click below for suggested itinerary offered  by Serengeti Trips from Arusha:

Safety on Mount Meru

Mount Meru National Park

Mount Meru is an active (but dormant) volcano located north of Arusha in Tanzania. At 4562 metres it is Tanzania's second highest mountain and the fourth highest mountain in Africa, located few km from kilimanjaro.

Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain

Ol Doinyo Lengai (2890 metres) is located some 240 kilometres to the northwest of Arusha town, along the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Natron on the border with Kenya. Ol Doinyo Lengai, or Mountain of God in Maasai, is the only active volcano in Tanzania.

Arusha Local Private tour guides

Kilimanjaro Mountain

At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world; it is one of the Seven Summits. The snow-capped peak of Africa is a dormant volcano and can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania.


The Northern safari circuit offers a range of national parks and is an ideal destination for a first time Africa traveller as well as a repeat destination. Tanzania offers a variety of beach destinations from the Islands of ZanzibarPemba and Mafia to the the Swahili coast on the mainland,   Mt Kilimanjaro the highest free standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters and its little sister Mt Meru standing at 4,566 meters, both offer amazing climbs

Please Click below for suggested itinerary offered  by Tour Operators from Arusha:

Mwanza Safari to Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara and Tarangire

Both Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park lie within the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley and offer excellent game viewing for visitors throughout the year, and are opposite each other only separated by a few villages, and Lake Manyara itself.

Arusha Walking and canoe Safaris

Ngorongoro & Serengeti

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro really do belong together on safari, and not just because they’re geographical neighbors. These are two of Africa’s most glorious attractions, each with its own magic that combines a wonderful wildlife-viewing experience.

Best Safari tours from Arusha

Combo Safaris

Starting from camping/Luxury or Budget tours over a few days, the Combo Safaris to Northen Tanzania allows you to explore several of the game parks on the Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit on its own, or in combination with Kilimanjaro or Beach holidays in Zanzibar.

Arusha Mini Safari & Tours Guide

If you’re going on safari to any of Tanzania’s northern conservation areas – such as the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro National Park or Lakes Manyara, Eyasi, Duluti and Natron – then you will probably have at least one night in Arusha, a small town in the foothills of Mount Meru that acts as a gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit.

This short guide is for those travellers who want to make the most of their limited time in Arusha and venture beyond the leafy gardens of their overnight lodges. Of course, we won’t judge you if all you want to do after a long-haul flight or exciting road safari is simply flop next to the pool! But many travellers want to see a little more of Africa, so read on to see what Arusha has to offer.


Tanzania Travel Guide

Getting Here

Getting to Arusha by Flight: Arusha is easily accessible via two airports. Arusha Municipal Airport (ARK), a domestic airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Hotels in Arusha are about 15-60 minutes away from these two airports. Arusha Airport (Domestic) Most popular option for tourists to get to Arusha is to take a flight to Arusha airport (ARK). It has daily flights from various local destinations and has connections from almost all major airports and airstrips in Tanzania. Arusha airport has multiple flights from major cities like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar everyday. The flight costs range from $100 to $300 per person. You can find & book flights to Arusha airport on Kayak. The cost of transfers to town is: at a cost of $25 per vehicle.

Tanzania airports and visa


You can do your visa on arrival, it´s very practical and easy. Although the Tanzania Embassy site tells you to do it advance, there´s no need of it. You gotta have your Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate (otherwise you can take the vaccine shot there at the border). When you arrive at the border with Kenya, the first thing you have to do is to show your yellow fever vaccination card. Then you fill the form they give you, and present it at the Visa window, where they take your photo and register your fingertips. After that, all you have to do is to pay for the visa at the next window outside (50 U$ dollars), and come back to the Visa window to get your stamped passport. The regular visa is valid for entering only one time in the country, and it´s valid for 3 months.


Getting Arusha from Abroad

You can also fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is the nearest international airport to Arusha and has daily flights from local, African and international airlines. Arusha hotels will be about 1 hour drive from JRO. 

JRO has regular connections from major cities in Tanzania like Dar-es-salaam and Zanzibar, along with major East African cities – Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali and Addis Ababa. It also has flights from some large cities in Europe and Asia like Amsterdam, Istanbul, Dubai and Doha.

Where to eat in Arusha?

Hot pizza at Rivertrees Country Inn.

But lunch may be a different story and we encourage you to strike out. There are a few restaurants and bars on Haile Selassie Road that your guide may take you to for casual dining. Otherwise, hit a different lodge for pizza with a twist or tapas enjoyed under the trees, birds and monkeys playing in the branches above you.

Restaurant at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Most travellers choose to take their meals at their lodges, which makes sense for breakfast and dinner when you don’t want to venture too far from the comfort of your room, especially after a long journey.

Delicious tapas at Legendary Lodge.

Because the Arusha area is so fertile (hence all the delicious coffee), many lodges have thriving kitchen gardens where fresh produce makes it straight from the soil to your plate. Not only does this cut down on food air miles but it also creates awesome job opportunities and gives you real flavour.


There is no shortage of restaurants in Arusha.  Most top-end restaurants are found in upmarket hotels and shopping centres.  There is a variety of cuisine ranging from cheaply made local meals to pricey seafood dishes. In Arusha you will find Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, and International restaurants offering Ethiopian, Japanese and Malaysian cuisine.  For the more adventurous the local ‘Swahili-style’ cuisines are a must. You will be served either spicy seafood, chicken, ugali, cassava, or plantain.


Shopping in Arusha

For in-the-know locals and travelers alike, the downtown area is a place to linger and shop in a city known as a quick layover to safari destinations.

This sprawling city in the northern tourist region of Tanzania is the gateway to popular safari destinations and Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. But even if your stay is a brief stopover, you shouldn’t miss some of the stores that locals enjoy in Arusha’s downtown, an area of mostly low-slung concrete buildings where street vendors hawk everything from local crafts and fruit to children’s toys. These establishments sell goods made exclusively in this East African country and show off a side of Tanzania that’s beyond its prime game viewing.


A social enterprise and destination for design lovers, Shanga sells handicrafts made by Tanzanians with disabilities. These artisans produce an expansive range of goods such as drinking and wine glasses made with recycled colored glass, woven cotton shawls and place mats and decorative metal objects.


When Arushans want to buy local culinary staples such as peanuts and cashews, honey, dried fruits like bananas and mangoes, and spices like turmeric, chai masala and clove powder, they go to this simple store. On the second floor of a mall, Gohil’s stocks premium versions of these staples at affordable prices. Prices from $1.

Arusha Cultural Heritage

This unique cultural heritage centre is located at the outskirts of the ever bubbling city of Arusha, near Arusha airport. It is composed of outstanding commercial art gallery, precious stone counter, a tanzanite, a jewellery boutique, curio shops, local crafts, bookshop, high quality clothing and much more.

Njiro Complex

In this shopping complex, visitors will have the rare privilege of enjoying local and intercontinental dishes in variety of on-site restaurants and bars. Other features include a cinema and disco complex, a pet shop, shoe and clothes shops, supermarkets, ATMs, open-air food court and lots more.

Arusha Maasai Market

The Arusha Maasai market is a modern display of traditional people’s culture. It sells original African artefacts and has become a melting point for various tradespeople who might not be Maasai by ethnicity, including tourists, in search of genuine African souvenirs and so man other things.

Burka Coffee Estate

Just beyond downtown, you can see verdant coffee plantations in the distance. A trip to this lush 1,200 acre coffee farm, built around 1899, is well worth it to learn about the pride Tanzanians take in their high-quality coffee production. it’s possible to get a tour of the estate and the roasting facility, as well as a tasting.

Arusha National Park Map

National Parks Near Arusha

Located just a short drive from Arusha Town, lies the national park with that bears the same name. Arusha National Park is the most accessible national park of the Northern Circuit in Tanzania and the perfect place for a day trip or as the first ór last stop on a longer itinerary. At just 552 square kilometres, Arusha NP is a small park with a lot to see.

At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopard, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometers in size. Join us on a safari and explore the endless Serengeti plains dotted with trees and kopjes from which majestic lions control their kingdom; gaze upon the Great Migration in awe or find an elusive leopard in a riverine forest.

Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake that attracts thousands and pink flamingos, one of Tanzania’s biggest elephant population and breathtaking scenery! This travel guide offers you the most updated information about the attractions, Lake Manyara accommodation, getting there and so much more. Enjoy your safari in Tanzania!

Slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, the park lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire also known as the life-line of the park particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry. This flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour into Lake Burungi. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.

At a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located in Arusha National Park, 70 Kilometres (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania. Typically Mount Meru Climb takes four days, but it can be done in 3 days to complete a trek to the Summit.

It is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the fifth-highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Climb Mount Meru, Second highest Mountain in Tanzania, is great with no traffic and amazing wildlife experience as you hike past wild animals.

Top Rated Accommodation in Arusha

Arusha has various central and suburban accommodations located in distinct areas of the city, and of course there are a lot to choose from in Arusha. Therefore, I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my personal picks. In this article, I’ve handpicked 18 best hotels and lodges – 6 best luxury hotels and lodges, 6 best cheap hotels and lodges, and 6 best hostels in Arusha. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious hotel, affordable hotel or lodges, or a cheap hostel, Arusha is the best place for you to base. If you are planning to visit Arusha, here is a list of the 15 best hotels and lodges for you. 

6 Best Luxury Accomodation in Arusha

Gran Melia Arusha, Mount Meru Hotel, Kibo Palace Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Arusha , Arusha Coffee Lodge, Fun Retreat Resort .

6 Best Mid-range Hotels in Arusha

Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa, Outpost Lodge, Green Mountain Hotel, Boulevard Inn Mt. Meru, Ilboru Safari Lodge, New Safari Hotel.

6 Best Hostels in Arusha

White House Tanzania, Wakawaka Hostel, Siret Hostel, Swahili Backpackers, Villa Poa Njiro, Shayo House Njiro, VHSO Hostel Njiro.



Situated at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru, Arusha is known as the safari capital of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. It’s a bustling city filled with an interesting mix of markets, chaotic traffic, old colonial buildings and modern conveniences, like coffee shops with WiFi, and an array of great restaurants.

Kibo Palace Hotel, Tulia Retreat Hotel and Spa, and Mount Meru Hotel got great room view-related reviews from travelers in Arusha.

On average, it costs $73 per night to book a 3-star hotel in Arusha for tonight. You’ll pay around $190 if you choose to stay in a 4-star hotel tonight, while a 5-star hotel in Arusha will cost around $168, on average (based on prices).

How to Get Around Arusha
  1. #1. Public Transportation. The main mode of transportation in Arusha are the minibuses, commonly referred to as daladala. …
  2. #2. Taxi. Taxis are readily available and a trip within the city center should cost you TZS 5,000.
  3. #3. Private Car.

You can have a view of kilimanjaro but just the peak from some of the places in Arusha. If you need a better view from the base I would suggest you drive half way to moshi you will be having a satisfied view of the kilimanjaro mt.


On average, a Tanzania safari costs $ 200 USD per person per day. Midrange Price: is from $ 350 USD per person per day. Tanzania Luxury Safari Price is: from $ 600 USD per person per day.

It is not expernsive I would say, you decide how you want to do it, The two major factors that determine the price of Tanzania safaris are the type of safari you choose and the duration. Then there are a host of other Travel Cost Factors such as seasonality, destinations in Tanzania, your flights and visas, safari activities and a few often-forgotten extra costs

The best season to visit Tanzania is during the long dry season, which falls from July to September. These are considered the best months for safaris, the Great Migration, trekking, and beach holidays in Zanzibar. Of course, these months are peak travel season.

 I usually advise at least 8 – 10 days to cover the Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti), if you want to visit other areas; Lake Victoria, Mahale Mountains, Ruaha, Selous, Zanzibar then you can keep adding as many days as you like.

YES! IT IS, with empirical evidence Tanzania is a safe place to rent a car. Many travellers have rented out cars in the country and have had no safety comprising situations and this is what is based on to say that Tanzania is safe to rent a vehicle and drive on your own.


“I have loved no part of the world like this and I have loved no women as I love you. You’re my human Africa. I love your smell as I love these smells. I love your dark bush as I love the bush here, you change with the light as this place does, so that one all the time is loving something different and yet the same. I want to spill myself out into you as I want to die here.” 

Graham Greene (English writer and journalist)