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Arusha Safari Tours | 2022 Tanzania Safari

Arusha Safari Tours | 2022 Tanzania Safari

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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

The main city in Tanzania is Dar es Salaam – to go from there to Arusha by bus, it takes about 10 hours (if the trip is not delayed). There many companies offering the tour, though the most known ones are Dar Express and Kilimanjaro Express. A semi luxe bus ticket (without aircon) costs 32,000 shillings (aprox U$ 16); the Luxe bus ticket costs Tsh 36,000 (with aircon). Both have a toilet inside the bus. From Nairobi to Arusha it takes 6 hours by shuttle bus (it takes about one hour to cross the border, as you do your Visa on arrival). The main bus companies are Millenium and Impala. From Moshi to Arusha it takes about 1:30 by bus, there are buses or shuttle buses every hour.Arusha has a small airport, for flights inside the country – international flights arrive at Kilimanjaro airport (50 km from Arusha).

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. You can also ask for a multiple entries visa, in case you need it.


Getting Around Arusha

The easiest way to move around Arusha is by Dalla Dalla, the public mini buses that run all around the city. There´ll always be someone shouting the destination, otherwise you can just ask. They´re super cheap, from Njiro to town you pay 400 shillings (about U$ 0,40).

You can also take taxis to move around, there are plenty of them at the Clock Tower.

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. Prices from $1.


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. 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. Prices from $7.

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)