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An Overview of Arusha

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Exodus Safaris invites adventurers to explore the breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife of Arusha through its Arusha Safaris. Nestled at the foothills of Mount Meru and serving as the gateway to some of Tanzania’s most iconic national parks, Arusha is a vibrant hub for safari enthusiasts. With its lush greenery, picturesque vistas, and rich cultural heritage, Arusha offers an unparalleled opportunity to embark on an unforgettable safari experience in the heart of East Africa.

Led by experienced guides who are deeply knowledgeable about the region’s flora, fauna, and cultural heritage, Arusha Safaris by Exodus Safaris offer guests the chance to encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. Travelers can embark on exhilarating game drives through the famed Serengeti National Park, witness the stunning beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, and explore the hidden gems of Tarangire National Park.

Whether marveling at the Great Migration or immersing oneself in the vibrant culture of the Maasai people, Arusha Safaris promise to deliver unforgettable experiences that leave a lasting impression on every traveler. With a commitment to responsible tourism and sustainable practices, Exodus Safaris ensures that each safari not only provides moments of wonder and awe but also contributes to the conservation and preservation of Tanzania’s natural and cultural heritage.

Why Go on Arusha Safari

What to Do on Arusha Safari

Game Drives

Arusha Game Drive Safari

Game drives are the quintessential safari experience. Hop into a 4×4 safari vehicle with a knowledgeable guide and explore the national parks and reserves to spot wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Arusha Hot Air Balloon Safari

Experience the Serengeti from a unique perspective by taking a hot air balloon ride. You’ll soar above the savannah at sunrise and witness herds of animals from the air.

Walking Safaris

Arusha Walking Safari Package

Guided walking safaris allow you to get up close to nature and observe smaller creatures, tracks, and plant life. This can be a thrilling and educational experience.

Birdwatching

Arusha Bird Watching Safari

Tanzania is a paradise for birdwatchers. The region is home to a wide variety of bird species, and you can enjoy dedicated birdwatching safaris with expert guides.

Cultural Visits

Arusha Cultural Visits Safari

Interact with local tribes, such as the Maasai and Chaga, to learn about their traditional way of life, visit villages, and experience cultural performances.

Photography Safaris

Arusha Photography Safari

Arusha is a photographer’s dream. Capture stunning landscapes, wildlife, and vibrant sunsets. Some lodges even offer specialized photography safaris.

Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha Visit Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a game drive. It’s a unique ecosystem with an astonishing concentration of wildlife.

Serengeti Great Migration

Arusha Serengeti Great Migration Safari

Witness the Great Migration, one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles, as millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate across the Serengeti plains.

Visit Tarangire National Park

Arusha Visit Tarangire National Park Safari

Tarangire is famous for its large elephant herds and baobab trees. Take a game drive and enjoy the picturesque landscapes.

Bush Breakfasts and Sundowners

Arusha Bush Breakfast and Sandowner Safari

Enjoy breakfast in the bush or sundowners (drinks and snacks) while watching the sunset over the savannah. It’s a memorable way to savor the wilderness

Lake Manyara

Arusha Lake Manyara Safari

Visit Lake Manyara National Park, known for its flamingos, tree-climbing lions, and diverse birdlife. Explore the park through game drives and see the breathtaking lake.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Arusha Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Safari

If you’re up for a challenge, consider embarking on a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. It’s a multi-day adventure that requires proper preparation.

Relax at Luxury Lodges

Arusha Relax at Luxury Lodges Safari

Many lodges and tented camps in the region offer luxurious amenities, including spa treatments and poolside relaxation, for a rejuvenating break during your safari.

Conservation Visits

Arusha Conservation Visits Safari

Learn about conservation efforts in the area by visiting organizations and projects dedicated to preserving wildlife and ecosystems.

Stargazing

Arusha Stargazing Safari

The clear African skies make for excellent stargazing opportunities. Some lodges offer astronomy experiences, allowing you to observe constellations and celestial objects.

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When is the best month to travel to Arusha National Park?

Arusha National Park in January

  • Weather: Warm temperatures with a chance of occasional rain. It’s the short rainy season.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for bird watching. You can spot a variety of water birds around Momella Lakes.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a bird-watching safari and explore the Momella Lakes.

Arusha National Park in February

  • Weather: Similar to January, warm temperatures with occasional rain.
  • Wildlife: Bird watching remains a highlight. Migratory birds may still be present.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a bird-watching safari and exploring the Momella Lakes.
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Arusha National Park in March

  • Weather: The end of the short rainy season. Pleasant temperatures and green landscapes.
  • Wildlife: Great time for bird watching. Spotting mammals is also good.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to spot diverse wildlife in the lush green environment.
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Arusha National Park in April

  • Weather: Beginning of the long dry season. Clear skies and warm temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for wildlife viewing as animals gather around water sources.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a classic safari to witness a variety of wildlife congregating around waterholes.

Arusha National Park in May

  • Weather: Dry season continues. Warm temperatures during the day, cooler at night.
  • Wildlife: Prime time for game viewing. Witness the beginning of the Wildebeest migration.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness the start of the Wildebeest migration.

Arusha National Park in June

  • Weather: Cool mornings and evenings. Dry season.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for game viewing. Witness the peak of the Wildebeest migration.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness the peak of the Wildebeest migration.

Arusha National Park in July

  • Weather: Dry and cool. Ideal for safaris.
  • Wildlife: Prime time for game viewing. Continue to witness the Wildebeest migration.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness the ongoing Wildebeest migration.

Arusha National Park in August

  • Weather: Dry and cool. Excellent for safaris.
  • Wildlife: Peak of game viewing. Continue to witness the Wildebeest migration.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness the ongoing Wildebeest migration.

Arusha National Park in September

  • Weather: Dry and warming up. Good for safaris.
  • Wildlife: Prime time for game viewing. Witness the tail end of the Wildebeest migration.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness the tail end of the Wildebeest migration.

Arusha National Park in October

  • Weather: Dry and warming up. Good for safaris.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for game viewing. Many animals around water sources.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a classic safari to witness diverse wildlife.

Arusha National Park in November

  • Weather: Short rains may start. Green landscapes and occasional showers.
  • Wildlife: Good time for bird watching. Mammals are also active.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari to witness diverse wildlife in a lush environment.
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Arusha National Park in December

  • Weather: Short rains continue. Warm temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Bird watching is excellent. Mammals are active.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a bird-watching safari and exploring the Momella Lakes.
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FAQ about Arusha Safaris

  • Pack lightweight and breathable clothing, neutral-colored safari attire, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, a camera with zoom lens, and comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget any necessary medications and travel documents.

  • Yes, it's recommended to consult a travel health clinic or your healthcare provider for vaccinations and medications, including those for yellow fever, malaria prophylaxis, and any required booster shots.

  • Safaris in Arusha are generally safe when conducted by reputable tour operators and experienced guides. Follow safety guidelines, stay in designated areas, and listen to your guide's instructions.

  • Arusha is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and various antelope species.

  • Yes, you can witness the Great Migration in the nearby Serengeti National Park, particularly from June to September when wildebeest and zebras migrate in search of fresh grazing.

  • Yes, many safari operators offer Kilimanjaro trekking packages as an extension to your safari. It's advisable to book well in advance and prepare for the challenging ascent.

5 Best Accommodations While On Arusha Safaris

Arusha Serena Hotel

Description: Arusha Serena Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Arusha. Set amidst lush gardens, the hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with modern amenities. Guests can enjoy facilities such as a swimming pool, spa, and multiple dining options. The hotel also organizes safari excursions to nearby national parks.

 

Approximate Price: $150 – $300 per person per night (approximate, depending on room type and season).

Mount Meru Hotel

  • Description: Mount Meru Hotel is a well-known landmark in Arusha, offering comfortable accommodation and panoramic views of Mount Meru. The hotel features spacious rooms, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant or relax in the garden.
  •  Approximate Price: $100 – $200 per person per night (approximate, depending on room type and season).

Arusha Coffee Lodge

  • Description: Arusha Coffee Lodge offers a unique experience nestled within a coffee plantation. The lodge provides luxurious cottages surrounded by coffee bushes, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the sights and scents of the plantation. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, and restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine.
  •  Approximate Price: $200 – $400 per person per night (approximate, depending on cottage type and season).

Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel

  • Description: Four Points by Sheraton Arusha is located in the historic Arusha Hotel building, blending modern comforts with old-world charm. The hotel offers stylish rooms, a rooftop bar with views of Mount Meru, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurants or explore nearby attractions.
  • Approximate Price: $150 – $250 per person per night (approximate, depending on room type and season).

Kibo Palace Hotel

  • Description: Kibo Palace Hotel is a contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Arusha. The hotel features spacious rooms and suites with modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Guests can enjoy dining at the hotel’s restaurant, relaxing by the pool, or indulging in spa treatments.
  •  Approximate Price: $100 – $200 per person per night (approximate, depending on room type and season).

Types of Arusha Safaris

Classic Game Drives Safari

 

Arusha Classic Game Drives Safari Package

This is the most traditional safari experience, where you embark on game drives in 4×4 vehicles with experienced guides to observe wildlife in their natural habitats. You can choose to visit various national parks and reserves, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara.

Walking Safaris

 

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Explore the wilderness on foot with guided walking safaris. This intimate experience allows you to get up close to smaller creatures, tracks, and plant life while learning about the ecosystem.

Birdwatching Safaris

 

Arusha Birdwatching Safari Package

Tanzania is a paradise for birdwatchers. Specialized birdwatching safaris are designed to help you spot and identify the diverse avian species in the region.

Photographic Safaris

 

Arusha Photographic Safari Package

Tailored for photographers of all levels, these safaris focus on capturing stunning wildlife and landscape photographs. They often include photography workshops and expert guidance.

Family Safaris

Arusha Family Safari Package

Family-friendly safaris cater to the needs of travelers with children, offering activities and accommodations suitable for all ages. Guides are skilled at engaging and educating young safari enthusiasts.

Luxury Safaris

Arusha Luxury Safari Package

Luxury safaris provide opulent accommodations, gourmet dining, private guides, and exclusive experiences. They are ideal for travelers seeking a high-end and pampered safari experience.

Budget Safaris

Arusha Budget Safari Package

Budget safaris offer cost-effective options for travelers looking to explore Arusha and its parks on a tighter budget. These safaris may include more basic accommodations and shared experiences.

Private Safaris

Arusha Private Safari Package

Private safaris provide personalized itineraries and experiences for individuals, couples, families, or small groups. They offer flexibility and exclusivity tailored to your preferences.

Cultural Safaris

Arusha Cultural Safari Package

Cultural safaris combine wildlife experiences with visits to local communities and cultural interactions. You can learn about the traditions and way of life of indigenous tribes like the Maasai.

Honeymoon Safaris

Arusha Cultural Safari Package

Perfect for newlyweds, honeymoon safaris offer romantic experiences in luxurious lodges and camps, often including special touches like private dining and spa treatments.

Balloon Safaris

Arusha Balloon Safari Package

Take to the sky in a hot air balloon to view wildlife and landscapes from above. Balloon safaris are typically followed by a champagne breakfast.

Special Interest Safaris

Arusha Special Interests Safari Package

Specialized safaris cater to specific interests, such as primate tracking safaris to see chimpanzees or tree-climbing lions, or eco-friendly safaris focused on conservation and sustainability.

Multi-Country Safaris

Arusha Multi-Country Safari Package

Some safaris extend beyond Tanzania’s borders to include neighboring countries like Kenya or Rwanda, offering a broader East African safari experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Arusha Mount KIlimanjaro Climbing Safari Package

While not a traditional safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular adventure activity in the Arusha region. It’s often combined with a safari to create a diverse trip.

Everything About the Arusha Safaris

Location

Location

Arusha is situated in the northeastern part of Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. It is nestled between Mount Meru to the east and the Great Rift Valley to the west.

Gateway to Safari

Gateway to Safari

Arusha serves as the main gateway for tourists embarking on safaris to Tanzania’s renowned national parks, including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. These parks are known for their abundant wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

Scenic Beauty

Scenic Beauty

The city itself is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak, is a prominent feature on the eastern horizon and offers hiking opportunities.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity

Arusha is a diverse city with a mix of ethnicities and cultures. It’s a melting pot of different Tanzanian tribes and has a cosmopolitan feel due to its role in the tourism industry.

Economic Hub

Economic Hub

Aside from tourism, Arusha is a significant economic center for Tanzania. It has a growing economy, with trade, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors contributing to its prosperity.

Cultural Attractions

Cultural Attraction

Visitors can explore cultural attractions such as the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, where traditional crafts, art, and jewelry are showcased. The city also hosts the Arusha International Conference Centre.

Climate

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Arusha enjoys a temperate climate due to its elevation. It has relatively mild temperatures throughout the year, making it a comfortable base for travelers.

Education

Education

The city is home to several educational institutions, including the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and St. Constantine’s International School.

Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Arusha offers a range of dining options, including local Tanzanian cuisine and international restaurants. You can savor dishes like nyama choma (grilled meat) and enjoy tropical fruits.

Accommodations

Accomodations

Arusha has a variety of accommodations, from luxury lodges and hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses and backpacker hostels, catering to a wide range of travelers.

Starting Point for Kilimanjaro Climbs

Starting Point for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

The Ngorongoro Crater, originally a massive volcano, is the world’s largest preserved crater. Some say it would have been higher than Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro before it erupted.

Transportation

Transportation

The city is well-connected by road, and Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is the nearest major airport, serving both domestic and international flights.