Arusha National Park

Arusha

Arusha is a vibrant, bustling town in northern Tanzania at the base of Mt Meru. It is widely considered to be the gateway to the northern safari circuit and also Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro – but over the years it has become much more. Often visitors spend a night here, either at the beginning or end of a safari, but in doing so you don’t get a chance to appreciate the highlights and nuances that make Arusha.

    Things to do in Arusha

    • Arusha National Park – take a half or full day trip and admire the local wildlife and it’s also known for excellent birding opportunities.
    • Coffee Plantations – there are many coffee plantations on the outskirts of town, tours can be arranged, some even offer accommodation.
    • Mt Meru – attempting to summit Mt Meru is a somewhat more challenging and technical climb than Mt Kilimanjoro, perhaps best reserved for the more experienced climber.
    • Scenery – take some time to admire your stunning surroundings, there are inspiring mountain views, including Mt Kilimanjaro.
    • Food – Arusha has plenty of good restaurants for you to try out, establishments to suit all tastes and budgets.
    • Canoe – spend an afternoon canoeing on the lake, a different pace to the rest of your holiday.
    • Markets – if you have an hour or two to spare, immerse yourself in a bustling local market, absorbing the sights and sounds. Central Market and Kilombero Market are two good options. If it’s crafts you are after then the Mt Meru Curios and Craft Markets is a good place to find them, be prepared to bargain.

     

    When to visit Arusha

    Due to altitude (1300m), Arusha enjoys a temperate climate almost all year round. You can enjoy wildlife viewing year round in Arusha National Park and surrounding regions, but the dry season from June to October, is reckoned to be best time when animals are easier to see as they congregate at rivers and waterholes. November to February provide good safari conditions. The wettest months are March, April and May, although the rains do bring the benefit of greenery which makes the landscape photogenic.

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    JUNE TO OCTOBER

    • This is the dry season considered the best time for wildlife viewing
    • There is less vegetation so animals are easier to spot
    • Water is scarce so wildlife gathers at known sources
    • There are fewer mosquitos in the drier months
    • Early mornings and evenings can be chilly

    NOVEMBER TO MAY

    • Beautiful, lush scenery makes a great backdrop for photos
    • Migratory birds make for excellent bird watching
    • April and May are generally the quietest months in terms of visitors
    • The rains peak from March to May
    • Due to rain the driving conditions may be become difficult on some roads

    Arusha holidays

    Below you will find some Arusha itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these safaris, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Tanzania safari holiday..

    Luxury Serengeti & Crater Safari

    Prices from £7,495 pp for 9 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    This safari is not about watching the pennies, it’s about some of the best quality game-viewing and a few of our absolute favourite places to stay…

    A Tanzanian Family Adventure

    Prices from £1,620 pp for 7 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    This classic safari is ideal for families, as there are no long road transfers but you still get excellent game viewing. It’s also great value for money…

    Maasai Culture & Wilderness

    Prices from £2,865 pp for 8 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    Not the faint-hearted or safari first-timers, this serious wilderness adventure travels far off the beaten track to remote Lake Natron…

    Serengeti, Ruaha & Zanzibar in Style

    Prices from £7,445 pp for 13 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    A stunning north and south Tanzanian wildlife safari combined with Zanzibar beach relaxation…

    Chimps, Serengeti and Spice

    Prices from £6,550 pp for 11 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    Experience two days of chimp trekking, Serengeti safari and four wonderfully relaxing nights in Zanzibar…

    A luxury short break in the Maasai Highlands

    Prices from £3,195 pp for 5 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    Instead of the Scottish Highlands, try the Maasai Highlands .. staying in a luxury domed pod.

    Mount Meru Climb

    Prices from £2,035 pp for 5 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    Climb Tanzania’s 2nd highest mountain. An exhilarating climb to the summit of Mount Meru, rewarded by superb views and a great sense of achievement.

    Tanzania, Botswana & the Falls

    Prices from £11,570 pp for 14 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    This is a very special experience, from the wonderful places you’re staying to the quality of game viewing, The Serengeti, Okavango and the Falls.

    Wildebeest & Waterfalls

    Prices from £4,665 pp for 11 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    Three of the most spectacular natural phenomena on earth: the Great Migration in the Serengeti, the vast Ngorongoro Crater and the colossal Victoria Falls.

    A Northern Tanzania Safari

    Prices from £3,470 pp for 8 days
    (exc. intl flights)

    From Arusha to the Serengeti, via Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, this is an unforgettable Tanzanian safari…

    Places to Stay

    Arusha has a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are lots of options in town but if you prefer, you could opt to stay on one of the coffee plantations about 30 minutes away.

    Arumeru River Lodge

    Arumeru River Lodge

    Mid-range, Arusha

    Four Points Arusha Hotel

    Four Points Arusha Hotel

    Mid-range. Arusha

    Ilboru Lodge

    Ilboru Lodge

    Modest, Arusha

    Kia Lodge

    Kia Lodge

    Modest, Arusha

    Machweo

    Machweo

    Deluxe, Arusha

    Mount Meru Game Lodge

    Mount Meru Game Lodge

    Mid-range, Arusha

    Onsea House

    Onsea House

    Mid-range, Arusha

    Rivertrees Country Inn

    Rivertrees Country Inn

    Mid-range, Arusha