Your gateway to Tanzania's treasure trove

Visitors are welcomed to the bustling streets, buzzing marketplaces, and vibrant nightlife of Arusha—a city of flavour, culture, and endless excitement. While the city is often only a stopover for many as it acts as the gateway to Tanzania’s trove of natural treasures, a day or two in the city will treat guests to an inside look at one of the country’s flourishing metropolises. 

The legendary plains of the Serengeti with its rumbling Great Migration, the natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater, and the historical importance of Olduvai Gorge will undoubtedly entice curious visitors. The wildlife attractions continue with the tree-climbing pythons and lions of Tarangire National Park and the flamingo-dotted waters of Lake Natron and Manyara. Mountaineers will be eager to scale Kilimanjaro or observe the picturesque views from Mount Meru’s summit.

The city can be reached within an hour from Kilimanjaro International Airport or a short 20-minute drive from the domestic Arusha Airport. Visitors can conveniently fly directly from Zanzibar, making the Arusha region an easy add-on to a Zanzibar itinerary. With a pulsating nightlife, traditional markets, number of museums, and array of restaurants reflecting the multicultural nature of the city, Arusha is most definitely worth a stopover en route to or returning from your Tanzanian adventure.

Highlights

  • The gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro 
  • The area is easily accessed via Arusha Airport (offering direct flights from Zanzibar) and the Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • A taste of civilisation after the wilderness of Tanzania’s mountains and savannahs
  • An array of activities to keep visitors occupied from museums to nightclubs and restaurants
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