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
HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.
If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.
Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.
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.
Summit two of Tanzania's iconic mountain ranges in under two weeks
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
This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater
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
This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater
Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration.
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.
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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
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.