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mixed thoughts on the place
There are a large number of sellers located here with everyone trying to sell you a bargain, give you discount or make you a deal. With a bit of haggling you can pick up some nice items for a good price. Have a look around first as there are many items the same or similar. Once you know how much you want to pay then make an offer! I picked up 4 items at an average of TS6000 each which seemed okay.
Remember that this is a cash only place. You can go to Barclay's Bank on Serengeti Rd (a 15 min return walk) if you run out! Watch for hawkers hanging around as they will stick to you like glue!
Updated Feb 26, 2010
If you want to find a good reputable tour operator in Arusha,here,s a good tip.
Contact the big overland tour operators like..GUERBA DRAGO BUKIMA ABSOLUTE etc,and ask them which tour operators they use to visit the National Parks.
dont be fooled into booking with a company just because you saw them mentioned on the Thorntree etc.Some posters on that site,post favorable replies just so they can get a discounted Safari!!
Unique Suggestions: If you really are undecided as to which company to use then,as i say,contact a few of the big overland companies based in London and ask them which company they use.Do NOT fall for the tricksters on the Thorntree!Dont believe me?OK.
One example ask Guerba about GOOD EARTH TOURS,
Written Sep 8, 2003
St Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes and that's the source of the schools pupils. The School of St Jude is located just out of Arusha and takes the brighest of children from the poorest local families and gives them a free education. There is a selection process that children must go through including a few academic tests and a visit to the childs home to ensure that all is as it should be.
A visit here is really interesting and you wouldn't think that the kids are poor at all. They are all very well presented in new looking school clothes (they must ensure that the clothes are well looked after) that they are presented with each year.
Check out the Website for more info.
Written Nov 20, 2009
Favorite thing: Most places you go to for the purpose of buying items will only be able to handle cash purchases. This requires you to have plenty of notes in your pocket!
Fortunately there are good options in Arusha including Barclay's Bank on Serengeti Road. You can change travellors cheques and foreign money for local stuff at the Impala Hotel though the rates are not too good.
A the Barclays Bank there is an armed guard on duty so no worries getting your money. Just make sure you store your cash safely in either a money belt or zipped up pocket.
Updated Nov 20, 2009