Arusha is a northern city in Tanzania known for its beautiful landscape and abundant national parks.
The breathtaking city is conveniently located near both Mt. Kilamanjaro and Mt. Meru, two of the highest peaks in Africa perfect for climbing expeditions. If you don’t want that much adventure, go on a safari to see Tanzania’s unique wildlife.
National Park tours are offered for half the day or a full day depending on the park. Visitors are able to have a personal tour guide take them around the park to see many different species of birds and mammals.
To get to know more about the history and culture of the city, a visit to the Cultural Heritage Centre is a stop you’ll want to make before departing.
Regarded as one of the best places in Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater is located in Arusha. There are so many sites worthy of your expedition in this northern Tanzanian city. You could start by going in search of the white baboon which so many tourists and locals talk about. Also Mt. Meru the sister mountain to Kilimanjaro is another place of interest in Arusha. Known as a great trek for those who don’t have the time to climb Kilimanjaro, it’s also considerably less expensive. Sitting within Arusha Tanzanite are \"1,000 times rarer than diamonds\" that are unique to Tanzania. There are many shops selling these brilliant blue gemstones in Arusha. So give them a try. A definite must see is the Arusha Museum in the Kaloleni area. The Natural History Museum is another must see location whose main focus is the evolution of Man Kind. Arusha Cultural Heritage Center located in the outskirts of the city will be worth your while as it showcases crafts and artifacts from many tribes in Africa. There is also the Meserani Snake Park about 25 kms on the road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks. The snakes here include Black Mamba, black and red spitting cobras, the African Python, cobras and boom slangs. Other reptiles include monitor lizards, chameleons and crocodiles. Finally, to round up your Arusha tour, visit the Masai Cultural Museum located within the Meserani Snake park and get to know more about the Masai culture.
Food and Drinks in Arusha
Arusha’s poshest menu features dishes such as figs primavera (parma-wrapped brie and stuffed figs with sticky balsamic toffee), slow-cooked West Kili lamb shanks, and Wellington of game birds (wrapped in \'ethereal\' filo pastry). You can get separate lunch, dinner and Indian menus. It is advisable to book ahead of your visit to many of the restaurants. For the local street food try the chicken or beef barbeques served with naan breads and a variety of salads ranging from normal to spicy. They also cater to vegetarian requirements. For drinks, many restaurants offer a great wine list (by the glass and bottle), beers, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. But factory brewed beer is not the only alcohol provider in the vicinity, Arusha is home to a variety of traditional brews including the so-called ‘Banana wine’ made in Kijenge, Dadii, and a number of illegal gins. Daddii is a major intoxicant in the slums and it sells at Tsh 300 a gallon. It is respected as a liquid bread as well as an intoxicant.