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Introduction

Arusha is the capital of the Arusha Region, located in the north of Tanzania. It has a population of around 300,000. The city is located on a plateau in the Great Rift Valley amidst the Serengeti Plain, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Arusha serves as the starting point for safaris to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, as well as treks to the Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Numerous tour companies offer a range of trips from budget to luxury.

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Sights and Activities

Arusha itself is not know because of its sights and attractions, but rather it is a good base for exploring the surrounding natural attractions.

Around Arusha

Arusha is awash with tour companies offering safaris to the surrounding national parks. Those at the cheaper end of the spectrum tend to be priced similarly - be aware that if a price seems very low, it's probably because there is some catch, e.g. restricted kilometres. Typically, safaris are conducted in a Landcruiser with a driver/guide and cook. A common itinerary worth considering is:

A safari with Tanzania Private Select Safaris following this itinerary, with tent accommodation and all meals, costs $840 (July 2009), all inclusive (except tips).
Note that in all the above-mentioned parks you are required to stick to the existing roads - this is by contrast with, say, Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, where you can off-road (environmental issues notwithstanding). Hence it will be beneficial to take a pair of binoculars. If you are visiting during the wildebeest migration, then your guide should be able to advise on the best camps in Serengeti National Park for optimal migration viewing. All the driving is extremely dusty, so you would be advised to bring sunglasses and/or a bandana. Try to keep your group size to no more than 4, as anything larger will be a bit cramped.

For a wider overview of possibilities, also check the Tanzanian Safari article.

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Getting There

By Plane

Arusha is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), some 60 kilometres east (approximately halfway to Moshi). The airport provides international and domestic flights. A partial list of airlines serving the airport is as follows:

A few other destinations include Bujumbura, Kigali and Frankfurt. There are seasonal flights to Zürich as well.

Getting to central Arusha from JRO, Air Tanzania provides a free shuttle for passengers (non-passengers can ride for a fee). Precision Air makes a shuttle available for passengers for a fee. Private shuttles and taxis are available for passengers of any airline. There are no public bus options to reach central Arusha from JRO.

Arusha Airport (ARK) is a smaller domestic airport in the west of the city. A partial list of airlines serving ARK is as follows:

From ARK, options to reach central Arusha are by taxi or by local bus (dalla-dalla).

By Bus

There are regular buses to Nairobi, Dodoma, Moshi and Dar Es Salaam, plus other local towns. Buses to Dar Es Salaam cost TSh28,000 (Aug 2009) and take about 10 hours.

By Train

There are no passenger train services to or from Arusha.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Sakina CampsiteKwa iddi opposite Njake petrol stationHostel76
Ujamaa HostelPO Box 16613HOSTEL-
Ngurdoto Mountain LodgeOff Momela Rd USA River 7302 ArushaHotel-
Meserani Oasis Campsite and AccommodationP. O. Box 14300 ArushaCAMPSITE-
Kundayo Serviced ApartmentsPlot no. 208, Block ggApartment-
Kundayo Serviced Apartments LodgePlot No. 208 Block Gg-kimandolu P.o. Box 1749Apartment-
Arusha Crown HotelMakongoro RoadHostel-
Kilimanjaro Backpackersreservations@kilimanjarobackpackers.comHotel-
ABA Hotelnext to Arusha Declarations TowerHOTEL-
Boma HouseP.O.Box 69. Usa River, Tanzania NoneHOSTEL-
Manyara Wildlife Safari CampP.O.BOX 4868,Dar es Salaam Manyara Mto Wambu,LosirwaHOTEL-
BaseCamp International Center TanzaniaKijengeHOSTEL-
Moyoni LodgeP.O. BOX 965 Ilboru-VsiwaniHOTEL-
Stereo HotelCorridor Street near local town bus standHOTEL-
Ivory AnnexCorridor street opposite Stereo HotelHOTEL-
Milimani Cottages13 Sangananu UsaRiverGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel AquilineZaramo Street P. O. Box 15899HOTEL-
Arusha Hostel Lodge and Adventures (AHLA)NguleloHOSTEL-
Umoja Eco HostelPO Box 224Hostel-
Meru Wellness RetreatPO Box 35 Usa RiverGUESTHOUSE-
Premier Palace Hotel ArushaMakao Mapya RoadHOTEL-
East African All Suite HotelP.O.Box 2291 Old Moshi Road, Corridor AreaHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

The best place in town for Internet is New Safari Hotel at the top end of Boma Road, at TSh1,000 per hour (Aug 2009). Note that speed seems to rapidly tail off after midday everywhere.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Tanzania Posts Corporation is the national postal services of Tanzania. There are post officies in most major cities and towns throughout the country, which are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am to noon. Services are generally quite reliable though not very fast. Prices for international airmal services start at around 500-600 TSHS to other countries in East Africa and 700-900 TSHS to Europe and North America for postcards and letters up to 20 grams. Small packages start at around 2,000-3,000 TSHS, but it's generally better to do business with international parcel services like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -3.36578
  • Longitude: 36.674438

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