Arusha is the hub of the legendary Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania.
Arusha Safari Highlights
Views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, cultural interpretations
Arusha Safari Activities
Climbing Kilimanjaro, game drives, War Trials Tribunal, canoeing, walking, hiking
The Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania is arguably the best known safari travel destination in Africa with names such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro
embedded in the psyches of most Africa-phobes - and Arusha is central to this legendary region.
Set in the foothills of Mount Meru Arusha is a charming place of pleasant climate and many activities. Although many travellers spend as little time as possible in Arusha there is a great deal to keep people who linger occupied. Game drives in Arusha National Park
, hiking and canoeing and cultural interpretation are some of the activities offered.
Arusha is also known for the Rwandan War Trials Tribunal where perpetrators of the genocide of the 1990's are being tried. Visitors are allowed access to the proceedings.
Kilimanjaro - African legend
Africa's highest point, and the highest free-standing mountain on earth, Mount Kilimanjaro, can be seen from great distances on a clear day. Daring the adventurous to climb, Kilimanjaro is the iconic African challenge
- but today much is happening in its surrounds as tourism projects are set up in collaboration with local people.
It is in the foothills of Kilimanjaro where Tanzanite, one of the world's most sought-after gems, is found and mined.
When to go to Arusha
Arusha can be visited year round but is best to book around a safari in the northern parks. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is January to march and June to October.
How to get to Arusha in Tanzania
Fying into Kilimanjaro International Airport is the quickest way of getting to Arusha. Tar roads connect Arusha Kenya and the southern countries of Africa, so driving to Arusha is relatively easy.