Places to visit in Arusha

Top Things to Do in Arusha, Tanzania

Places to Visit in Arusha

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  • Caroline M
    6 contributions
    I really enjoyed my experience here! They were so respectful of the time that I had and the tour was so interesting and concise. Joyce did an amazing job showing me around and explaining the Tanzanite process! I never felt pressured to buy anything and the whole experience was so enjoyable. They have really beautiful stones and jewelry! I also love the Masai Woman’s collection, it is less expensive and features tanzanite in its raw form. Thank you Joyce for the wonderful experience!
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • Jonas
    Stuttgart, Germany154 contributions
    You can go shopping here if you have one day in Arusha and missed buying souvenirs so far. The prices are slightly higher then anywhere else but you support the local community and the quality of the products is good.
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • Elvy S
    2 contributions
    One of the most beautiful places we visited on our journey through Tanzania. The vista from the top of the crater is spectacular! The animals are numerous and we could get very close to them. At night we could hear the sounds of the animals within the crater. Don’t miss this spectacular part of Tanzania.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • Rene
    6 contributions
    We went on a night hike with a masaai guide from eco giraffe lodge. The guide was very good and helpful. The views were spectacular and the volcanos and rock formations amazing to see. It is a once in a lifetime experience to witness an active volcano and experience the sights, sounds and smells.
    However nothing prepared us for the difficulty of the hike, the description provided on eco giraffe lodge page does not prepare you for this. This is not for the faint hearted or those with a fear of heights! A good degree of fitness is required. We are regular hikers but have not experienced a hike that goes straight up, not a minute of flat terrain or switchbacks. The path is very overgrown with spiky and sticky grass so wear long pants. Towards the top the angle of the slope is 40 - 45 degree's and the descent on this is slope is quite scary, which is also in day light so you can see the drop. We struggled but were determined to reach the top, unfortunately we missed sunrise as we struggled with the steep terrain. Hikers should take at least 3 litres of water (even at night) and high energy snacks.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Marcy M
    3 contributions
    We stayed at the school for almost a week. Accommodations were so comfortable and clean, food was plentiful and good, hospitality outstanding. This school is doing remarkable things for high poverty students and making a huge difference in their lives as well as their communities, the country, and the world. Our Rotary Club is proud of supporting the school and sponsoring students there. Definitely an inspirational and rewarding experience!
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • pablucho35
    Savannah, GA92 contributions
    It was an interesting place to visit during our free day in Arusha. After having spent several days in the Serengeti though, we would not have missed this place had we not gone. The guide was friendly, and he even fed the crocodiles during our guided tour! It costs $20 for foreigners, it was a bit expensive.
    Written 2 September 2019
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  • LisaA63
    Cambridge, Canada48 contributions
    Our afternoon outing to Lake Duluti was better than expected! The activity was arranged through our hotel, Rivertrees Country Inn. We were shuttled to a small canoe rental place at the lake where the equipment was a little rougher than our own canoes that we paddle at home. Our guides, Freddie and Naomi, were quite happy to do all the paddling although being paddlers ourselves we couldn’t just sit in the bow! We were pleasantly surprised by the abundance of bird and reptile life in the crater lake. Our guides were quite knowledgeable and happy to share their wildlife and plant knowledge! We saw many kinds of Kingfishers, including Malachites, cormorants, herons and monitor lizards. It was a delightful and relaxing way to pass the afternoon before departing the next morning for Safari.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • BambiLaFawn
    Orlando, FL292 contributions
    I go to this place every time I am in Arusha. A perfect place to buy souvenirs of all sorts. I was with a group from Mama Kuku Travel and everyone was able to buy something from the various vendors. The only downside is that it is high pressure from everyone selling their wares. I’d love to stroll around and take my time, but the constant badgering by the vendors make me want to hurry and not buy all I would have otherwise.
    Written 25 December 2021
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  • Bidule05
    France1,072 contributions
    From our camp close to Natron lake, we hiked to Ngare Sero waterfall with an excellent Masai guide, who spoke English fluently.
    This is a sportive trail (5 km return trail, by the same path); our guide recommended us to have shoes that we could wear in the water. In fact, we hiked along the river on a steep and stony path and several times we had to walk in the river bed (sometimes with water up to our knees).
    On arrival, we saw the beautiful Ngare Sero waterfall, flowing into a natural swimming pool of crystalline and transparent color, in which we swam down with great pleasure !!!
    Our guide climbed the walls of the canyon to show us and pluck a branch of a quinine tree (Cinchona pubescens) and of other trees, in order to explain its medicinal properties to us.

    An interesting hike!!!
    Written 28 May 2021
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  • Venugopal S
    8 contributions
    Lot of changes in AIM MALL in three years. Some new shops with new offerings. Minimore is the best among them. All kind of restaurents from Chinese , Pizas, burger, to Indian food variety. Movie Hall is spacious and offers all the new releases. Entertainment for kids and adult alike. Banking facilities to SPA . A complete Mall for Arusha with none to compete
    Written 4 March 2020
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  • artzero
    291 contributions
    Our hotel taxi driver suggested the Napuru waterfall (I compared the photos, I think Napuru waterfall IS Mt Meru waterfall, maybe Napuru is how the fall is known to the locals?) on the slope of Mt Meru. The whole short trip was absolutely memorable. The drive from the city center itself is so beautiful and unique (you'll get to see a side of Arusha that most people do not get to see). The picnic area at the entrance is tranquil and lovely. Our guide Issa that we hired from the entrance is one of the nicest most sincere and absolutely capable guides I have met on the trip.

    Getting to the waterfall requires some skills and stamina. I went in mid July when the steep slope was still somewhat wet, muddy, and therefore very slippery. I was not sure if I was able to go down safely even with my hiking boots. Issa was so amazing in helping me descend safely. He was fantastic to playing his foot in a position to make sure that I would not slip. He offered his very strong and steady hand all the way down.

    Once down the slope we had to walk through the beautiful Themi River valley. The view was gorgeous and the water was clear and beautiful. We went on a weekday afternoon so we were the only ones there. The waterfall is hidden so when it all of a sudden came into view it was such a lovely surprise! The waterfall area is small. Going on a weekday is highly recommended to avoid the crowd.

    As another reviewer noted, walking up and down the slope requires a certain level of fitness and stamina. If you have knee or back problem I would recommend to skip this sight. Otherwise, it is so worth the trip!! The steep descent makes the view even more memorable.

    I would not go during the rainy season as the slope would be super wet and slippery.
    Written 16 July 2021
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  • lkis229
    Southington, CT523 contributions
    We took a canoe out on the lake and saw many animals, like giraffes and hippos floating in the water. We also saw multiple different kinds of birds and just being on the water on a hot day was very enjoyable. Definitely worth the trip. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and told some amazing and interesting stories.
    Written 17 October 2019
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  • Liesel81
    Gaborone, Botswana623 contributions
    The Building is definitely historical and has different sections but the maintaince of the building and exhibitions could do with some more investment/upkeep.

    The photography exhibition on the tribes and the wildlife is extensive. Its a good introduction of the different tribes in Tanzania. The natural history museum section is cool to see but its a bit cramped together.

    Overall its a good place to go to get some overview. I did however feel that the area dealing with colonial history seemed to represent a one sided sentiment - the positivity of colonialism.
    Written 22 January 2021
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  • Keith
    Brentwood, CA6 contributions
    We were taken to a typical village and experienced how people live on very little and our able to survive day by day on their ingenuity.
    Written 7 August 2018
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  • Jakob H
    Zanzibar Island, Tanzania43 contributions
    This place is a piece of heaven, and the owner and his staff is giving a service which is very authentic, genuine and very high quality.
    I have been to this place more then 10 times, and I always go there with my family and friends.
    The property itself is very picturesque with an amazing garden, and this time we was there the owner showed us a butterfly park which he is preparing as I am writing this review. The gardens are amazing with a huge variety of plants ,flowers and trees scattered around the idyllic property and the 7 acre property which has a waterfall situated about 2 kilometers from the building.
    There is plenty of wildlife and birds around and you can get a 100% feel of how people live here in symbiosis with their beatiful surroundings
    When I visit a place like this, where the owner and his team is so dedicated to their work, I feel it as an obligation to write a good review.
    The food and drinks are of very high standard of Swahili cuisine, simple but well prepared. The majority of vegetables are grown on the property.
    Five stars to this place.
    A must visit when coming to Arusha!!!!
    Written 11 November 2020
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