Things to do in Arusha

Arusha has become one of the most popular cities to visit in Tanazania, mainly due to the number of tourists destinations located there. Tourists know the city as Africa’s Safari Circuit. Mount Meru, the fifth largest mountain on the continent, overlooks the country. Once you are in the country, you will have a vast number of things to do in Arusha.

Arusha Tanazania

Getting around the city is easy, as visitors can take the public transport consisting of minibuses, which travel to all the main destinations of the city. If you do not want to take the minibus, you can take the taxi. Both modes of transportation are cheap. If you want to get around the city in a car, you can consult with a car hire company. They will provide you with a car and a driver. Next, you can go and discover the city. You will have plenty of things to do in Arusha to keep you occupied. People who want to partake in physical activity should climb Mount Meru. To climb the mountain, which will take you around two to four days, you will have to hire a guide. Your guide will tell you about the wild animals, the weather, different species of birds, and offer you support when you climb the mountain. If mountain climbing is not your thing, there are several other things to do in Arusha. You can go to the Arusha National Park for a wildlife safari tour or the camel safari tour. With so many things to do in Arusha, you will a lot to see.

Places to visit in Arusha

What are some other places to visit in Arusha? Are you interested in learning more about the city’s culture? You can ask a tour operator to arrange a visit for you to one of the villages in the city. Some of the cultural tour programs to choose from include the Monduli Juu, Tengeru, Oldonyo Sambu, Longido, Mulala, Ilkiding'a, Ilkurot, and Ng'iresi. The cultural tour programs will give you an opportunity to learn more about the Meru and Maasia tribes. On the weekend, you can make plans to go to the movies or eat. The Century Cinema houses several great resutraunts such as Khan’s (Indian cuisine), McMoody’s (steaks), and Spice Retreat (Tanzanian, Ethiopian, and European cuisines). You will have several places to visit in Arusha with the Coffee Walk being one of them. You should book a private coffee tour of a coffee roastery and a farm to see how coffee is made in Tanzania. The list of things to do in Arusha is long so just make sure you cover all the important and famous tourist destinations in the city. Other places you should go include the Lake Manyara National Park tour, Mount Kilimanjaro hike, and Tarangire National Park tour.


A dormant mountain with three volcanic cones, Kilimanjaro is a mountain found in Tanzania. The three cones have the names of Mawenzi, Kibo and Shira. One distinguishing feature of this mountain is that it is regarded as being the highest one within all of Africa. With a height of 4,877 meters, Kilimanjaro is located at an elevated height of about 5,895 m above the sea level. This mountain is also ranked as the 4th among all ‘World Peaks with 4000 M of Prominence’.

This interesting mountain is actually a part of the famous Kilimanjaro National Park, and noted for being a very popular climbing destination. Located in the northern part of the country, Kilimanjaro is one of the highest free standing mounts in the world. It is situated near the border of Kenya.

One amazing feature of this mountain is that though it lies 330 km to the south and close to the Equator, Kilimanjaro is famous for being the snow capped mountain in Africa, which actually looms over the stretched out areas of the surrounding savannahs. With a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, the mountain has around 5 different climatic zones, with each one flaunting its own distinct selection of fauna and flora.

Being a marked UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located about 180 km towards the west of Arusha. It is in the Crater Highlands area within Tanzania. The site has been named after a large volcanic crater with the name of Ngorongoro within the area. One of the most amazing features of the conservation area is the namesake crater, which is known to be an intact and one of the largest inactive volcanic caldera in the world. This crater was nominated to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The crater is 300 square km in area, 20 km of distance across, and is around 600 m deep.

Another feature which makes this conservation area unique is the fact that it is the only conservation space in Tanzania, which has been created for the protection of wildlife and also allows human habitation within the area. About 25,000 large animals are estimated to live here, most of which are of the ungulate class, and consist of the Black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo as well as the hippopotamus, with the blue wildebeest, the Waterbucks, Grants Zebra and the common Eland to name a few. A strong cheetah and lion population along with hartebeest and jackals can also be found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.