Arusha Lake Momella Tanzania
Tanzania Destinations
Selma Kamm
Tanzania Destinations
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Discover Arusha: Expert tips and attractions

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In the shadow of the imposing Mount Meru lies Arusha City, a bustling destination. To be completely honest, downtown Arusha isn't the most inviting place; the streets are often filled with bustling traffic, it can be dusty, and the crowds can be overwhelming. But don't be fooled by the initial impression, because behind the chaos lies a world of adventure and discovery. Arusha serves as the gateway to some of Tanzania's most spectacular safari destinations, including the famous Serengeti National Park and the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. It's for this reason that Arusha is often seen as a stopover for travelers on their way to their safari adventure. But Arusha has more to offer than just a departure point for safaris; it's a destination in its own right with a wealth of attractions and activities to enjoy.

With its location at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha offers breathtaking scenery and an abundance of natural beauty. From lush forests to scenic lakes, Arusha's surroundings are a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers. Moreover, the city is steeped in history and culture, with a lively local market, traditional craft shops, and fascinating museums that tell the story of Tanzania.

Whether you want to unwind after a long flight or spend some time before heading home, Arusha has something for everyone. Let us guide you through the hidden treasures of this city and discover the magic of Arusha:

Climbing Mount Meru

With Arusha at the foot of Mount Meru, this majestic mountain offers a challenging trek of 3 to 4 days. Climbing Mount Meru is an adventure in itself. As you climb higher, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including lush forests and vast plains. It may not be as high as Kilimanjaro, but climbing Mount Meru is definitely a challenge you don't want to miss. Arusha Mount Meru

Safari in Arusha National Park

Discover an abundance of wildlife on a safari in Arusha National Park. Here you can spot giraffes, zebras, buffalos, and even leopards as they roam freely in their natural habitat. What makes Arusha National Park truly special is the opportunity to take a walking safari. During a walking safari, you can experience nature up close and connect with the environment on a deeper level.

Horseback Riding

For a relaxing and unique way to explore the surroundings of Arusha, you can take a horseback riding tour. During this excursion, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery as you ride through green fields and forests. It's a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Arusha Horse Back safari

Hiking at Lake Duluti

Lake Duluti is a hidden gem at the foot of Mount Meru. This volcanic crater lake is surrounded by lush forests and rocky hills, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely hike. During your hike, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding nature, while perhaps spotting some of the many birds and butterflies that call the area home.Arusha Lake Duluti Nature Walk Tanzania

Canoeing on Lake Momella

Lake Momella, located in Arusha National Park, is an oasis of peace and serenity. Paddle gently across the calm water while enjoying the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush greenery. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including flamingos, which you may spot as you paddle along the shores. 

Local Village Walk

Immerse yourself in the Tanzanian way of life! Stroll through farms, schools, and explore local shops to experience the warm hospitality of the locals, accompanied by the radiant smiles of the children you'll encounter along the way. Your guide will offer insights into the daily life of the area, enriching your cultural experience. 

Napuru Waterfalls

Delight in mesmerizing vistas of Arusha as you embark on a forested walk leading to the majestic waterfalls. Follow the river bed, guided by the lively presence of monkeys and birds. Experience the natural beauty and tranquility of this scenic spot. 

Mountain Biking

Experience the thrill of mountain biking with our versatile options. Choose from a leisurely two-hour ride, an adventurous four-hour journey, or immerse yourself in a full-day excursion. Traverse scenic single-track trails through the picturesque farming villages on the outskirts of Arusha. Encounter local Tanzanian farmers, children, and vibrant farming communities along the way. The terrain is mostly flat, with moderate to good track conditions, offering a partly shaded route. 

Meserani Snake Park

For those who dare, a visit to the Meserani Snake Park is a must. Here you can learn about the fascinating world of snakes and even have the chance to hold a real snake under the guidance of an expert guide. The park also offers the opportunity to see crocodiles and learn about other reptiles and amphibians.

Maasai Market

The colorful Maasai Market is a paradise for lovers of artisanal art and handmade souvenirs. Here you can find a wide range of traditional crafts, including Maasai jewelry, textiles, and wood carvings. It's the perfect place to buy unique souvenirs and negotiate with local artisans.

Coffee Tour

Discover the process of coffee making with a tour of a village on the slopes of Mount Meru. During the tour, you'll learn all about growing, harvesting, and processing coffee beans, and you'll have the chance to participate in the process yourself. It's a great way to learn more about local culture and traditions while enjoying delicious fresh coffee straight from the source.

Cultural Heritage Centre

The Cultural Heritage Centre is a treasure trove of Tanzanian art, crafts, and history. Here you can admire an extensive collection of traditional artworks, including wood carvings, paintings, and sculptures, and learn more about the rich history and culture of Tanzania.

Golf with a view of Kilimanjaro

Experience a unique golfing adventure amidst the breathtaking nature of Tanzania. The Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate (Kiligolf) is situated on 1,040 acres of prime African bush land, nestled between the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The Kilimanjaro Golf Club offers a challenging 18-hole championship golf course. Whether you're an experienced golfer or simply looking to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, this is the perfect setting.

Visit a Maasai Village

A visit to a Maasai village is a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture and traditions of the Maasai people. During your visit, you can participate in traditional ceremonies, view crafts, and learn more about the daily life of the Maasai community.


Arusha is a popular starting point for multi-day safari adventures. Whether you dream of spotting elephants in Tarangire National Park, witnessing the migration on the vast plains of the Serengeti, or descending into the depths of the Ngorongoro Crater, we can tailor a safari to meet all your expectations. With Arusha as your starting point, you can enjoy the best of Tanzania's wilderness while relaxing in comfortable accommodations in the evenings and preparing for the next day of adventure.

Whether you're looking for adventure, culture, or relaxation, Arusha has something for everyone. Contact us today to consult with one of our experts to tailor an unforgettable itinerary for you!