Arusha Travel Guide

  • Mt. Meru - not a volcanic eruption, just clouds
    Mt. Meru - not a volcanic eruption, just...
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  • Agama Tours and Safaris
    by mikkel95
  • Agama Tours and Safaris
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Arusha Things to Do

  • Agama Tours and Safaris

    5 out of 5 stars

    From the first email, communication was fast, clear and helpful. We were very fortunate to have Felisi as our guide. Marvelous in every way, had an incredible eye for spotting animals. He taught us about the animals, the birds, politics, everything! Me, my husband and 3 children had a very comfortable 8 day trip, which I recommend much more than...

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  • Wakawaka Adventures

    As a mother of a family group of 6, I can honestly say we all had a FANTASTIC time with Wakawaka Adventures. Our guide and driver was superb. The entire trip he seemed to always put all his effort in making this safari as great as possible. Compared to some sleazy unprofessional boys we saw with other people who hardly knew English, Wakawaka...

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  • Fantastic company, big thank you!

    As a mother of a family group of 6, I can honestly say we all had a FANTASTIC time with Wakawaka Adventures. Our guide and driver was superb. The entire trip he seemed to always put all his effort in making this safari as great as possible. Compared to some sleazy unprofessional boys we saw with other people who hardly knew English, Wakawaka...

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  • Perfect choice!

    From the first email, communication was fast, clear and helpful. We were very fortunate to have Felisi as our guide. Marvelous in every way, had an incredible eye for spotting animals. He taught us about the animals, the birds, politics, everything! Me, my husband and 3 children had a very comfortable 8 day trip, which I recommend much more than...

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  • Excellent safari with Agama!

    Had a great time with Agama Tours last January. I was volunteering in Tanzania for 2 months and did a 6 day tour in the end, absolutely amazing! I took a budget 5 day tour Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The guide what absolutely brilliant, could'nt possibly find a better guide. Professional, obviously had plenty of experience and knowledge...

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  • visit famous ngorongoro crater

    amazing view from the rim.....incredible many animals to see in relative short distancesThe Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area.

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  • visit serengeti

    Serengeti National Park is a very substantial conservation area, the undisputed highlight of the wonderful Northern Tanzania safari area and surely the greatest wildlife reserve in East Africa.Of course the area is best known for its enormous wildebeest migration, in which close on 2.5 million herbivores munch their way along an 800km route around...

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  • visit Lake Manyara National Park

    one of the smaller Nationalparks of Tanzania..still can find a lot of animals, especially baboons, Zebras, elefants and hippos beside birds

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  • visit tarangire nationalpark

    Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem -and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately...

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  • Fabulous Safari Vacation

    My wife and I were in Arusha, Tanzania last year where I was working as a facilitator for a workshop on East African transboundary conservation for a week. My wife accompanied me so we could do our lifelong dream of a safari in the Serengeti and other National Parks in northern Tanzania. We engaged a local safari tour company, Borderless Tours,...

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  • Safari

    When you´re visiting Arusha in Tanzania you definitely have to go on safari. I visited two national parks, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Both were very nice in different ways. I would say that Lake Manyara has more animals, at least big animals, but have to keep your eyes open to see them in the bushes. Tarangire is more open. It is big steppes with...

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  • Serengeti National Park

    It’s famous. Famous for its herds of wildebeest and zebra. Famous for their mass migrations. Famous for the predators who feed off them.It’s enormous. A mixture of longer grassland which looks empty - maybe it is, or maybe the grass is hiding stuff - and shorter grassland with acacia which is full of life.On our first day we say a lion feeding at a...

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Arusha Hotels

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Arusha Restaurants

  • best indian restaurant in town

    in a special environment 8during the day it is a auto spares garage) Khans serves delicious indina barbeque like chcikcne tikka, beef mishkaki or sheesh kebab to reasonable price and high quality in center of town tandoori chicken

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  • EXCELLENT LUNCH

    EXCELLENT LUNCH MENU FOR 10 USD BIG CHOICE OF SOUP, MAIN COURSE AND DESSERTEXCELLENT QUALITY / HUGE PORTIONSVERY FRIENDLY SERVICE AMAZING ALTNERATIVE TO THE USUAL LUNCHBOXES ON SAFARI TOURS..LODGE IS JUST BESIDE ENTRACE OF LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

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  • very pricey

    We had a Monday lunch in this hotel. It was really good. A buffet salad to start. Then soup (choice of two). A main course (choice of 3-4) and then dessert. Coffee was included as well.But here’s the rub - 27,000 Tsh. With a bottle of water, my share was 35,000.Very expensive.The setting is wonderful. A colonial style building in lovely grounds...

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  • Food and Internet

    Located near the main round about on Sokoine Rd, the Patisserie sells lots of food items and has Internet at an ok price. Food items appear to be baked on site with a large kitchen out the back of the shop preparing fresh goods for sale.It's a clean place in the middle of a rather dirty city and also has toilets if you need a pit stop. The shop...

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  • The ultimate food experience in Arusha!

    An auto spares shop that at night is converted into a restaurant that serves grilled meat (chicken tika, beef, mishikaki, sheesh kebab, mutton), freshly baked bread (and nan), tasteful sauces and good salads.Great atmosphere: the restaurant is loved by the locals, who gather there every evening, solo you'll not feel as being in a tourist trap.No...

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  • Mac's Patisserie

    The place to meet other travelers in Arusha, Mac's Patisserie is a bakery, restaurant and internetcafe.The internet connection is fast and cheap (but can't remember how much exactly) and the food is very tasty, but unlike the internet it isn't fast... expect to wait 45 minutes. I tried the 'Haabiz Leeza' that's chicken, yoghurt, cheese and rice....

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Arusha Transportation

  • RELIABLE LOCAL TOUR AGENT

    TO VISIT THE VARIOUS SPECTACULAR NATIONALPARKS AROUND ARUSHAITS RECOMMENDABLE TO CHOOSE A RELIABLE TOUR AGENT, IN OUR CASE WE CHOOSE GOSHENI ADVENTURES...WHICH WE WERE COMPLETE SATISFIED ON 6 DAYS/ 5 NIGHT TOURTHEY CAN TAILOR ALL POSSIBLE TOURS AND GIVE A FAIR PRICE, VERY RELIABLE AND PUNCTUAL AND TRY TO MEET EVERY VISITORS DESIRE IF POSSIBLE TO...

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  • Ethiopian Airlines

    I'd been in Addis Ababa before heading for Arusha, so flew with EAL. The flight stops in Mombasa (after about 2 hours) and the day I flew, most passengers got off there.Relaxed and spacious for the 40 minute hop inland, after a very busy flight. Not sure if it was typical, but it was stuffed full of unruly Italians who were behaving like 5 year...

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  • airport

    Kilimanjaro is the nearest airport, about 45km from town, along the Moshi road. It took us about an hour in a Range Rover - we often got stuck behind slow moving trucks & buses.Arrival at the airport was incredibly easy. 1 minute having my yellow fever card checked, 2 minutes to complete an arrival card, and 2 minutes for the officer to fingerprint...

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Arusha Shopping

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    Mt Meru Curio and Crafts: Souvenirs

    by fishandchips Updated Feb 26, 2010

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    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!

    Sellers of crafts!
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Arusha Warnings and Dangers

  • Security

    One of my group has been coming here regularly for several years. He reckons security has grown greatly in that time as a cause for concern.One local expat (who has been here most of her life) was mugged and badly beaten last year, and now ventures out at night very rarely. Her home has been fortified. Another - a more recent arrival - also avoids...

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  • Hawkers

    This is definitely more of a warning than a danger, but expect very, very aggressive hawkers in Arusha. On our way to safari, we stopped briefly to leave some bags in the hotel we would be coming back to and check in on some plane tickets. Walking around town seemed like a good idea until we stepped out of the car. Immediately, we were surrounded...

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  • Quite Safe

    We were told that Arusha is quite safe and there were no problems for solo Western travelers in the city itself. However, something could happen; there was a Belgium tourist held up in the downtown in broad daylight recently. So don't let your guard down. However, the probability of this happening is very small. The biggest threat most tourists...

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Arusha Tourist Traps

  • Thorntree tip

    by mostyn Written Sep 8, 2003

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    Arusha Tanzania.
    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,

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Arusha Off The Beaten Path

  • hiking around Arusha

    good to see typical African life is to go hiking or Biking around Arusha in beautiful green and hilly environment

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  • The School of St Jude

    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...

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    Cash Society

    by fishandchips Updated Nov 20, 2009

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    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.

    Barclays Bank

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