Arusha safaris, tours & holiday packages

Gateway to your Tanzanian safari

Stay over on your way to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Lake Manyara

The town of Arusha is the little safari industry hub of Tanzania, where all major logistics, supply and support offices are located. The local airport connects Arusha with local scheduled and charter flights across the country to all other major airports, national parks, and game reserves. Tanzanian National Parks and the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority (NCA) headquarters are in Arusha, but the ministry of tourism and wildlife’s offices are in Dar es Salaam. 

From Arusha, it's easy to go on a half-day or full-day excursion onto Arusha National Park if you have time. At Mount Meru, you can see all the normal plains game and key mammal species before you visit the Serengeti and Tarangire. It's also a place to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe and the area's primates – olive baboon, vervet monkeys, Sykes's monkey, and black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Popular Arusha safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

2021 Tanzania July to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

2021 Tanzania July to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!

$ 6,340

£ 4,606

R 93,972


per person

9 days

Tanzania Affordable Calving Season Safari 2022 - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania Affordable Calving Season Safari 2022

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

$ 6,595

£ 4,791

R 97,752


per person

9 days


Machame Route Up Kilimanjaro (7 days)

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa

$ 2,440

£ 1,773

R 36,166


per person

9 days

9-day June/July Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day June/July 2021 great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money)

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

$ 7,485

£ 5,438

R 110,943


per person

9 days

Asilia Africa

Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings (10 days)

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River

$ 11,990

£ 8,711

R 177,717


per person

10 days

Mountain View

Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (13 days)

Summit two of Tanzania's iconic mountain ranges in under two weeks

$ 3,470

£ 2,521

R 51,433


per person

13 days

HerdTracker August to October 2021 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker August to October 2021 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

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.

$ 7,830

£ 5,689

R 116,057


per person

8 days

Game viewing

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater

$ 9,865

£ 7,167

R 146,220


per person

11 days

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 6,290

£ 4,570

R 93,231


per person

9 days

Close up view of Wildebeest

Medium Budget, Maximum Game Viewing in Tanzania’s North (11 days)

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever

$ 6,980

£ 5,071

R 103,458


per person

11 days

Our African Travel Expert

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Megan Warrington says

It's hard to avoid an overnight stay  in Arusha when you arrive or before you leave. It's a great little town that gives you a chance to do last-minute shopping for sun block and camera batteries for your safari, or to pick up souvenirs and books on your way home. 

More on Arusha holidays

In Arusha, have lunch at Shanga River House and visit the Shanga Shangaa craft workshop that empowers disabled Tanzanians to realise their potential, develop new skills and improve their own lives through using recycled materials and producing at a sustainable level.

Arusha is a good place to buy the Tanzanite gemstone made famous by Hollywood celebrities. This rare and almost extinct clear blue stone is ideal for earrings, rings and necklaces. Get your stone checked at the Tanzanite grading facility in town, where they'll tell you what it's worth and if it has any flaws.

Arusha has a number of places to stay, from high-end lodges like Arusha Coffee Lodge and Legendary Coffee Lodge to hotels like Arusha Hotel and The Mount Meru. There are also lodges between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International (40km away), such as KIA Lodge at the airport, and lodges dotted on Momella Road en route to Arusha National Park, such as Shangazi House, Hatari Lodge, Rivertrees, Moivaro and Onsea House.

However, most stays in Arusha would be one night at either the start or end of your safari, depending on your arrival or departure time.

Arusha Map

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Frequently Asked Questions about Arusha

When is the best time to visit Arusha National Park?

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Arusha safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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