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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 June/July Great Migration safari with HerdTracker

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

$ 5,720

£ 4,084

R 69,232

4,648

per person

9 days

East Africa big cat safari

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

$ 7,735

£ 5,523

R 93,620

6,285

per person

10 days

Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

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

$ 3,370

£ 2,406

R 40,789

2,738

per person

13 days

Wet season Tanzania - best value migration safari

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 

$ 6,525

£ 4,659

R 78,975

5,302

per person

8 days

The Serengeti on foot

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti

$ 5,230

£ 3,735

R 63,301

4,250

per person

10 days

Tanzania - medium budget, maximum game viewing

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

$ 6,980

£ 4,984

R 84,482

5,672

per person

11 days

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.

$ 7,595

£ 5,423

R 91,926

6,172

per person

9 days

The Migration River Crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival

$ 11,315

£ 8,080

R 136,950

9,194

per person

10 days

The Migration - calving season January to March

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

$ 7,985

£ 5,702

R 96,646

6,488

per person

11 days

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker

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

$ 8,150

£ 5,820

R 98,643

6,623

per person

9 days
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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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