What to do and Where to Stay in Arusha & Arusha National Park

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Ah, Arusha- the start of so many wonderful adventures. This dusty little town probably doesn’t have much to delay the average visitor, but if you’re taking a safari in Northern Tanzania, chances are that you’ll pass through Arusha, dodging dalla-dallas hell-bent on destruction, safari vehicles laden with supplies and Maasai warriors striding alongside the road.  The countryside surrounding Arusha is mainly farmland and coffee plantations, and here there several excellent, homely lodges- perfect if you want to wind down after a long flight, or gear yourself up for a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Arusha National Park, just a short drive from the town, is often overlooked, we’re utterly baffled as to why. The lake systems keep the park gorgeously lush, birding is magnificent and there’s plenty of big game to keep anyone entertained for a day or two.  We’d quite happily spend an afternoon canoeing on the lake or watching giraffes lollop by.  And if scenery’s your thing, just take a look up, and up, and up- if it’s a clear day you’ll often see Mt. Kilimanjaro peeking out from behind the clouds.

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