Arusha Region Things to Do
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Mahale and Katavi On Budget
I and my wife arrived in Arusha on the 3rd February 2010 for a 27Days safari with Lipi Adventure Company; our mission was to cover Northern circuit and the western circuit on budget. for sure we paid 150usd per person per every safari day except the domestic flights and international flightsOn arrival were met at the airport by Driver Harold who to drove us to Flamingo hotel for bed and breakfast. The communication before the safari was excellent and the program was easily grounded, we had to pay a deposit of 20% of the total before our arrival, the next morning we had the opportunity to meet Hussein and pay the balance.Our guide in the northern circuit where we covered Kisimangeda the creator and Serengeti was Comas and our cook Felix were both excellent, it was a six days safari but seemed like two or three days had no problems with the car except the fact that it was really raining in...
To book a safari in Arusha
If you're in Arusha and haven't yet booked anything, I think you have good chances to organize your safari on the spot.There are plenty of tour operators and agencies in Arusha and all of them just want to arrange a safari for you!If you're travelling alone, you'll find a place in a car with another group, otherwise you can try to fill up a car by yourself.Just walk in the town centre and you'll find lots of advertisement of travel agencies: they tend to standardize offers and prices but I think it's better to take a good look around before choosing.Better to get off from the "street vendors", guys that offer you their business card assuming they are the boss of a company: they give you the business card of the boss, but the real one will be waiting for you in his office. So, the only tip is to verify personally the agency and choose the one you like the best.
Shop till you drop! Curio shops.
Arusha town is a great place to spend your money on objects of facination to take back home with you. I would avoid buying random items that will be offered to you on the roadsides simply because they are of poor quality. Arusha Town on the other hand has dozens of curio shops offering carvings of all varieties, jewellery, kikoys, kangas, masks, furniture (if you have the room) and T-shirts. Of course there are a few cowboy outfits that are waiting to prey on vulnerable tourists but I have listed a few choice places below that have yet to dissapoint me as they sell top quality stuff at really good prices. Most of these shops are located in the clock tower area and should be easy for you to find:Tarangire MineralsThe shop right next to Tarangire Minerals is my absolute favourite!!-Next to Meat KingA- Freak-A - t shirt shop in the small shopping mall next to Shoprite. ( i bought 2 t-shirts...
A "Real Masai Village"
Hopefully you will be able to see from the photos what an amazing experience this was......we communicated with the kids who spoke English as they learn it in school these days, and with the adults through our local Tanzanian Guide who spoke Masai.The kids were amazing, so happy and so full of life, the mothers welcomed us into their homes and the fathers into their village.I have so many great piccies that I will upload some on a travelogue too.
Arusha's Dusty Plains
We walked for around an hour over Arusha's dusty plains towards one of the Masai Villages. On the way the views were magnificent, the people friendly and we saw so much life. So this things to do tip -is walk, breath and take in the life around you.
Around the Museum
Just outside of the Masai museum but in the same complex is fake Masai Village. People are dressed in Masai traditional outfits and the small mud huts depict a Masai Village. Inside them however are the locals selling souveirs and the like.Its pretty touristy and so obviously not real, but if you dont have the time to get to a "real" Masai Village that combined with the museum will give you a good insight.
Our stay in Arusha was only a short one, but whilst there we did some things that to me will stay with me forever and were totally worthwhile.We visited the Masai Museum which was extremely interesting and beneficial considering the area we were visiting.
Shopping in Africa is great fun mainly in part because it is so cheap yet the items are really cool. Arusha has wide spread market and there are not many travellers in the area. The locals love meeting foreigners and they enjoy bargaining. I bought some masks and jewellery and it a great way to see the everyday life of the local Tanzanians. The marke is small, condense but super fun!
Booking a Safari
We visited Tanzania in Nov 2003 without any safari reservations, but we had contacted companies via email that were recommended on VT or travel books. November is off season and is supposed to be "little rains" but is was very dry all the time we were there. After climbing Kili, we went to Arusha to arrange our safari. Arusha is a pretty nasty place with lots of street touts - and we were practically the only prey they had! We got quotes of $75 to $100 per day for a tent or combined lodge/tent safari of about 6 days. There was no correlation between web/email appearance of a safari firm, and the actual office in Arusha. Most were hole-in-the-wall operations. Finally we called Sunny Safaris which had been recommended on VT. They immediately sent a car to drive us to their nice offices. When we mentioned that all of our other quotes had been either $75 or $100 per day, they quoted us about...
The sunset here was amazing, each and everynight I was so impressed and sat in awe as the sky slowly turned pink before turning black.
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