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

Tanzania Great Migration June/July 2021 safari (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania Great Migration June/July 2021 safari (Luxury)

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

$ 11,400

£ 9,031

R 191,217

10,088

per person

9 days

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

9-day June/July 2020 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

£ 5,930

R 125,549

6,624

per person

9 days

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

$ 6,360

£ 5,039

R 106,679

5,628

per person

9 days

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari (Luxury)

These mass ungulate herds cross plains and rivers as the season's change and rain-ripened grass are depleted in their area, forcing them to move on to the next.

$ 11,400

£ 9,031

R 191,217

10,088

per person

9 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

£ 2,749

R 58,204

3,071

per person

13 days

Stopping for drinks

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

$ 7,240

£ 5,736

R 121,439

6,407

per person

8 days

9-day Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury)

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

$ 10,860

£ 8,604

R 182,159

9,610

per person

9 days

Lion Cubs

The Big Cats of East Africa Safari (10 days)

This safari to the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa is all about big cats – lots of them and up close for outstanding photographs

$ 8,435

£ 6,682

R 141,484

7,464

per person

10 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

£ 7,815

R 165,469

8,730

per person

11 days

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

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

$ 8,350

£ 6,615

R 140,058

7,389

per person

9 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.

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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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