Arusha is a pleasant city in Tanzania, offering many attractions! If you’re planning to visit the city, let us share with you the top things to do in Arusha.
Arusha city is settled at the base of Mount Meru. There are a lot of attractions in Arusha as it’s a gateway to several safari destinations, and to the Northeast of the city lies the highest peak in Africa—Mount Kilimanjaro.
To the West of Arusha is the ever-popular Serengeti National Park—the home to many wildlife, such as rhinoceros, leopards, lions, giraffes, and many more! You can also witness the most anticipated annual Great Migration, featuring millions of wildebeests crossing its plains.
Furthermore, this bustling African city is also the starting point to the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. Nonetheless, this place has a lot to offer other than being a starting point to safaris.
Arusha, which is locally known as the ‘A-Town’, has a lot of attractions of its own and is a great spot to feel the Tanzanian life. This place also has a fun party scene which is plausibly one of the reasons why the crowd likes it.
So, if you want to visit Arusha, here are some of the things to do in the ‘A-Town’:
#1: Climbing mount Meru
Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru. The climb on this mountain is typically 3 to 4 days and the peak is smaller than Mount Kilimanjaro. Nonetheless, the hike is still comparably challenging and rewarding.
You can trek the mountain all year round, but it’s best to avoid the wet season to enjoy the hiking experience and scenery. On clear days, you can get incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which sits approximately 50 miles away, adjacent to Moshi town.
During your climb, you can see groups of buffaloes, warthog, zebras, elephants, hippos, and other animals at Momella Lakes. Here are a few facts about the mountain:
- It’s the second tallest mountain in Tanzania at 4,566 meters.
- Mount Meru has abundant wildlife sightings even on day 1 of the climb.
- It can be an excellent acclimatization climb before taking Mount Kilimanjaro.
- The ascent and descent via the Momela route can be completed in three days.
- Mount Meru has dormitory-style cottage accommodation.
#2: Book a northern circuit Tanzania safari tour
If you haven’t been on a Northern Circuit Tanzania safari, it’s time to pay a visit! Book a tour in the Northern Circuit, and you’ll never have a shortage of great experiences from the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, or Tarangire.
Easy Travel offers trips to these spots, as well as to Lake Natron. If you’re traveling alone, you can join our group trips!
#3: Visit the Arusha National Park
Another thing you can do in the ‘A-Town’ is visiting the Arusha National Park. It’s one of the main attractions in Arusha. Here, you can see a lot of giraffes, zebras, and buffalos, along with leopards, hyenas, hippos, and elephants.
It’s also possible to do walking safaris here that you can add to your package!
#4: Nature walk at Lake Duluti
Lake Duluti is a volcanic crater lake found in Mount Meru’s foothills. Rocky hills and verdant forests surround this lake that draws many marvelous birds, such as:
- Grey herons
- Fish eagles
The place also has numerous butterflies, reptiles, and primates—making it an ideal place for bird-lovers and nature walkers. There’s also a guided canoe trip on the lake with the magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in the background.
#5: Go to Meserani Snake Park
If you’re curious about snakes or want to conquer your fear of snakes, visiting the Meserani Snake Park is a good option. This park is located outside of Arusha town.
If you’re daring enough, you can hold a real live snake with the help of the expert guide that will be with you on tour. Furthermore, you can also check out the 3 meters crocodiles and touch a baby croc during feeding.
The Meserani Snake Park also has a truck workshop, Maasai Market, Cultural Museum, and a reptile house with significant numbers of enormous snakes.
#6: Canoeing on Lake Momella
Within Arusha National Park, you can find Lake Momella. This place is your go-to if you want countless flamingos hanging out in the lake. You can also take a canoe while enjoying the pink birds.
#7: Pay a visit to the national natural history museum Arusha
Another thing to do in Arusha is to go to the Natural History Museum. This place was established in 1987 to house, curate, and research Tanzanian archaeological, paleontological, and paleoanthropological collections.
The collections include Tanzanian birds and animals and the Olduvai Gorge.
#8: Visit the maasai tribe
One of the things you can do when you visit Arusha visits the Maasai Tribe. This tribe can be found in Northern Tanzania and Kenya.
If you’re interested in learning how they live, visiting them can be a great decision. Here, you can find welcoming Masaai villages where you can spend time learning about their culture.
#9: Take a swim at the Kikuletwa hot springs
After a tiring day of your Tanzanian activities, you can refresh yourself at the Kituletwa hot springs. This is an excellent getaway if you’re on a budget.
The place is a beautiful oasis in a quite arid landscape. This is a great place to swim, play on the rope swing and chill out.
#10: Shop at maasai market
If you’re up for some souvenir shopping, you can find the Masai Market at the heart of the town. It’s a touristy area, so expect a lot of people in the area.
Here, you can buy great souvenirs, such as clothing, paintings, furniture, and jewelry pieces. It’s also best to head out for the Monday Maasai Markets—just outside the town.
In these Monday markets, you can find a lot of mixed goods, not only souvenirs. You’ll also get many souvenirs for a few dollars if you’re good at bargaining.
Frequently asked questions
What is Arusha known for?
Apart from Mount Meru and the Arusha National Park, Arusha is also known for hosting significant East African events.
How many days to spend in Arusha?
This depends on the number of activities you want to do or places you want to visit. Ideally, you should spend at least three days in Arusha.
You can spend your first day in the Arusha National Park and head out to the forested slopes of Mount Meru. On the second day, try exploring the city’s Natural History Museum, the bustling markets, and tasting different cuisines. Then, on your third day, you can visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater, 75 miles away from Arusha.
You can find many animals in this area, such as the Black Rhino, giraffes, elephants, etc.
You’ll also be left in awe of the number of bird species you can see around the crater area and within the place.
Planning to visit Arusha?
Arusha is a country with many things to offer, besides being the starting point for popular safari spots, such as the Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater. This ‘A-Town’ is one of East Africa’s jewels for culture, natural resources, and wildlife.
So, if you’re planning to visit and stay in Arusha for a few days, you can contact us to make the proper tour arrangements for you. Easy Travel is a local tour operator that knows the ins and outs of Arusha and Tanzania.
We provide high-quality and reliable services to ensure giving only the Best Experience to our clients.