Arusha is the gateway to the northern safari circuit of Tanzania so you’re likely to spend a day or two in this bustling and lively city. Arusha has delicious local cuisine, so don’t forget to try out Arusha’s street food while you’re exploring the city!
Here are the top 10-day trips in and around Arusha that you should consider:
- Arusha National Park Day Tour
It takes only about an hour and a half to reach Arusha National Park from Arusha City. The National Park has stunning scenery and is home to a diverse range of wildlife species including elephants, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, monkeys and zebras!
Don’t forget to check out the Cave Waterfalls located in the Park. Another interesting spot in the Park is the Ngurdoto Crater!
- Meserani Snake Park
Take your kids on an educational tour to Meserani Snake Park, which is about 25 km away from Arusha City! The Park is home to numerous snakes and your guide will tell you all about them! There are also many reptiles and amphibians here!
- Arusha City Walking Tour
There is no better way to explore the wonderful city of Arusha than on your two feet! Take a walking tour of Arusha and visit the most important buildings in the city!
Here are some spots to visit on your walking tour in Arusha:
- Sokoni Market
- Clock Tower
- Maasai Market
- Central Market
- Cultural Heritage Center
- Tarangire National Park
About 3 hours away from Arusha, Tarangire National Park has a large population of elephants! You can also spot other wildlife species here including cheetahs, hyenas, lions, bushbucks, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes and wildebeests.
- Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a beautiful national park where you get to see unique tree-climbing lions! It’s also known for its huge elephant population as well as the thousands of flamingoes that line the lake!
- Mount Meru Hiking Trip
Mount Meru is located inside Arusha National Park. A hiking trip up the mountain will take you through beautiful, picturesque sceneries. There are about 10 different hiking routes up the mountain! You’ll get to see a lot of wildlife and greenery on your way.
- Chemka Hot Springs Tour
The Chemka Hot Springs are located about 60 km away from Arusha. It’s a great place to dip your feet in the water and relax! It’s also a great place to have a picnic and some quality time with your family!
- Lake Duluti Canoe Safari
Lake Duluti is located only 20 minutes away from Arusha. It’s a beautiful crater lake that allows for an amazing canoe safari. It’s a great place for birdwatching because it’s home to over 100 bird species!
You can also hike at the surrounding Duluti Forest.
- Arusha Coffee Plantation Tour
Tanzania is a major exporter of coffee! Explore Arusha’s coffee plantation by taking a tour. Watch how this delicious beverage is made from coffee plants! You get to see the whole process of extraction of the coffee seeds to the point where they’re brewed!
- Tanzanite Experience and Maasai Market
Tanzania is known for the Tanzanite gem that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Head over to the Tanzanite Experience and browse gems and jewellery items made from them!
You can also check out the Maasai Market in Arusha which contains local goods and crafts. It’s the best place to get yourself a souvenir!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Arusha and have a great time on these day trips!