Situated at the base of Mt. Meru, Arusha serves as a starting point to numerous safari destinations as well as one of the most famous peaks on the continent, Mount Kilimanjaro. Other notable African destinations include the Serengeti National Park, which is located west of Arusha. The proximity to all of these world famous destinations makes Arusha one of the most traveled cities in Tanzania.
While it might sound like Arusha is just a stopping point for access to many of the major destinations and the surrounding area, it is also a growing and vibrant city with all of the amenities you could want during a stay. Whether you’re just starting out and heading into the national parks or you’re returning from a lengthy safari, the accommodations, shops and dining options throughout Arusha are always welcomed. Its elevation and location near Mt. Meru means that the weather is typically pleasant and mild — these conditions also create a lush landscape throughout Arusha which is also ideal after spending time in the barren desert.
Those visiting Africa for the first time will find that Arusha is a great starting destination. Considered the safari capital within the northern region of Tanzania, there are countless tours and safaris available that start from this area. Keep your eye out as some tours are not truly genuine, but for the most part you can find authentic safari excursions and savannah trips from bus stations and hotels. When you’ve had enough of the isolation and natural landscape of the safari, head into downtown Arusha for a uniquely opposite experience. Large amounts of people and traffic create a vibrant and noisy destination, which could be welcomed for those who have felt slightly away from home during a trip to Tanzania.
Safari tours leave from Arusha and can range anywhere from two to 12 days, so there are plenty of options depending on your length of stay. Guided tours also drive visitors throughout the Ngorongoro National Park, which takes you up close to the natural African landscape and iconic game in a safe environment.
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Arusha National Park, Mt. Meru