A traveler’s guide to Arusha

08 February 2017
Part of the Tanzania Safari Collection
Back to the Our Blog

Arusha the gateway to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest peak in Africa, the town also boasts a coffee culture like no other with vast plantations all over the vicinity as well as other cultural practices this is the town to get a well-rounded perspective on this interesting East African country. A holiday in Tanzania is definitely what you need to explore Arusha. 

Places to eat

The Station TZ, Njiro Road

Image was taken from - https://www.africanbudgetsafaris.com/blog/arusha/

This popular Arusha eatery is run by a mother and daughter team and the restaurant is also the location of a quaint bookstore if you wish to pick up something to read while you eat. The place prides itself on serving nothing but fresh food making use of seasonal produce instead of produced ingredients which are often found in more mainstream restaurants. They have a different menu every day, so bare this in mind in case you have any special dietary requirements.

Khan's Barbeque, Market Street

Photo was taken from - https://checkplease.wttw.com/restaurants/khan-bbq

This iconic family-run eatery has been in the same location for over 25 years now and is an institution not only for the local people of the area but also international visitors looking to sample local flavours with local people. Priding itself on meat dishes with Eastern flare including Chicken Tikka and Naan Bread.

Africafe, Boma Road

Image was taken from - https://www.tripadvisor.com

The road for which this café is situated is largely considered to be filled with bustling Tanzanian life and Africafe is deemed to be a place of refuge amongst the busy congested Tanzanian chaos. The café is popular amongst tourists for the fact that their menu is inspired by typical European café culture and they even boast a decent bakery.

Places to stay

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Photo was taken from - https://www.thetanzaniaspecialists.net/where-to-go/arusha/the-arusha-coffee-lodge

If you wish to visit this bustling Tanzanian town a stay over at the Arusha Coffee Lodge is considered to be a must as it will enable you to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days whilst being situated in the heart Tanzania's biggest coffee plantation. This is one of the best locations to unwind before or after your ideal East African safari. 

Rivertrees Country Inn

Image was taken from - https://www.mangoafricansafaris.com/arusha/rivertrees-country-inn

This pleasant country estate is the location of an old coffee plantation. The area in which this quaint country is found is blessed with beautiful rolling hills and a vast spectrum of bird and wildlife which has kept people coming back year in and year out to experience this. The Inn’s accommodation facilities include delightful country cottages littered along the banks of a beautiful river with sights of the Mount Meru being in clear and distinct viewing. So whether you into tranquil nature or riveting culture, the area in which this prime country inn is located has it all.

The African Tulip

Photo was taken from - https://za.hotels.com/ho386528/the-african-tulip-hotel-arusha-tanzania/

This elegant, charming, luxurious hotel is situated in Serengeti Road, central Arusha. Hospitality is the number one driving force that has kept people coming back year in and year out. The location caters for a diverse clientele base which includes business people, families and safari enthusiasts.

Things to do nearby

Arusha National Park

Image was taken from - https://www.untamedafrika.com/2017/01/11/arusha-national-park/

Tanzania is widely considered to be one of the best locations in Africa to view wildlife and the Arusha National Park is no different. Home to Tanzania’s second largest peak Mount Meru and it’s stated that one also is treated to breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in not only Tanzania but Africa. It’s advised to go on a guided hike in this magical part of Arusha as the National park has a vast array of wildlife to learn more about.

Visit an Arusha Village in rural coffee country

Photo was taken from - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/

This part of Tanzania is not only famous for its wildlife and natural areas but also its coffee. Get a chance to visit the village of Tengeru and try your luck at roasting and grinding coffee. Get immersed in the local culture in the bustling Tengeru which is mostly an agricultural part of the area. Sample local food with local people being freshly produced, this really is a great way to really become immersed in Tanzanian life outside of the typical tourist mode.

Natural History Museum

Image was taken from - https://www.tanzaniatourism.com/

So if you have had enough of coffee, wildlife and open spaces why not visit a museum to get a better understanding of the history of the area. Arusha’s Natural history museum is located in an old German boma which was built in 1900. The museum has three wings. It’s believed that the most memorable part is of the wing dedicated to human evolution with fossils that were found in Tanzania first.


Some related info

15 reasons why you should explore the Tarangire National Park

  Two young lions cosying up in the Tarangire National Park during a very cold mornng. #tanzania #tarangirenationalpark #lion #safari A post shared by Singaporean Gran Turismo (@singaporean_gran_turismo) on Aug 7, 2016 at 4:30am PDT     The Tarangire National Park in Tanzania has one of the highest concentrations of Elephants. During the dry season, whenever it gets hot…

10 need-to-know things about the Serengeti in Tanzania

The Serengeti could very well be the mecca of all national parks. With wildlife happenings which possess a certain fanfare that could be compared to major sporting events. It’s no wonder that the area is a national treasure to the Eastern African country of Tanzania and is situated on the Kenyan border. It has deep significance to the heritage of the area and is famous the world over not…

January Herdtracker Update

The herds have started to arrive in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, mainly heading towards the Ndutu lake region. The herds are still spread out along the south eastern area of the Serengeti, but all are slowly making their way south, and this time of the year a percentage of the wildebeest can be found outside the confines of the Serengeti. January is the start of the calving…

16 reasons why you should see the Great Migration in 2016

  The drama and intensity of a river crossing. A sight and experience to behold. Starts August 2016 - limited space available. Don't miss out. Go to link in bio for further info. #wildeyesa #maraconservancy #masaimara #wildebeestmigration #africa #kenya #africanamazing #wonderousnature #natgeo #makeitkenya A post shared by Jono Buffey (@jonobuffey) on Apr 28, 2016 at 10:17pm…

Lodge of The Month [August] | Lemala Mara Tented Camp

Located 45 minutes from the great Mara River and Lamai triangle where the great wonder of the wildebeest migration. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, almost double the size of the Masai Mara, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, but nothing…

The Wonders of Arusha National Park

There's nowhere else on earth that the transition between a pristine mountainous landscape and a bustling city landscape is as abrupt as it in Arusha National Park. Tucked away in mainland Tanzania, this protected park is largely dominated by the imposing Mt. Meru and wears the crown of the 'most topographically dynamic and beautiful wildlife parks'. Not only does it shelter the…

You Might Also Like

 | Affordable Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

Affordable Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

We're offering our guests the chance to explore two world-famous destinations in under a week ...

 | HerdTracker February Calving Season in Tanzania

HerdTracker February Calving Season in Tanzania

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region...

 | February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania

Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration....

 | 9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari with HerdTracker

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari with HerdTracker

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe....