Arusha the city where the largest number of travelers flocks every year in Tanzania offers more than just easy connections to famous National Parks. If you are based in this small city as the start and ending point to your safari, you will be surprised with its choices of entertainment and excursions that also take you through local culture and less known gems of the city. Let us explore some interesting ‘things to do’ in safari capital of Tanzania.
Standing tall in the heart of Arusha, Mount Meru is an adventurous attraction close to the city. Hike the 4562 meters tall mountain, challenging in nature with splendid vistas of Kilimanjaro, the rift valley and wildlife encounters. You will spend 4-5 days on the track and enjoy the challenging climb on the rugged and steep terrain.
Arusha National Park
Situated only 45 kilometers from Arusha town, this littler park has plenty to offer especially the scenic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, Ngurdoto crater and Momella Lake. Spot unique species apart from the big five; colobus monkeys, flamingoes, dik-dik, antelopes and birds. Arusha National Park is one of the fewer parks offering walking safaris and makes for an amusing day trip with family and friends.
Meserani Snake Park
Snake Park is an interesting recreation center with 45 minutes driving distance from Arusha. Get to see more than 50 species of Eastern and Southern African snakes, a Masai museum, curio market and some more animals. Visitors can buy fancy souvenirs or enjoy a 30 minutes camel ride after their tour around the park.
There are more than 120 cultural tribes in Tanzania. Tour operators can help you organize day trips to visit tribes with opportunities to interact and participate in activities of the Masai, Chaga, Tengeru, Hanang and many more. Mto wa Mbu offers a potpourri of experience with indigenous groups. You can either visit these tribes during your safari or choose to do exclusive excursions and experience a day in the life of the tribals.
Tanzanite Mines and Museum
Discover the origin of the exquisite Tanzanite and the only place where this gemstone, 1000 times rarer than diamond is found. Visit the Tanzanite Meralani mines, 32 kms from Arusha and Tanzanite museum located in the heart of Arusha takes you through a magnificent journey of the Tanzanite Jewel. After this enlightening journey, you can also buy some exquisite gift for yourself.
Legend holds that the Clock Tower is the center point between Cairo and Cape Town. Apart from being a historic attraction, this landmark is in the heart of the city and close to many city attractions including hotels, cafes and local markets. After a restful morning, you will enjoy a casual tour around the clock tower, visiting local markets and spending time in local eateries.
If you have some good hours to spare in Arusha before your flight departure, a coffee tour is all it takes to vitalize your senses! You will get to visit local villages, explore coffee plantations and interact with communities who have been involved in coffee farming since the German rule during your walking safaris. This tour also offers special traditional lunch flavors of Arabica and Robusta coffee.
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