For all travelers arriving Arusha can use two Airports, i.e Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Arusha Airport ( ARK ) serves only domestic flights and Kilimanjaro Airport ( JRO) receives International Flights. For all travelers with Arusha safari can fly directly to Kilimanjaro Airport.
If you fly to Dar Es Salaam Airport you can arrives Arusha through flight or bus. With flight you can fly to Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro Airport. You can book your flight with Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Flightlink Airline, or Coastal Aviation. With bus you book your ticket with famous platform such as BusBora or directly to Extra Luxury, Marangu Coach and Tilisho Safari.
If you fly to Jomo Kenyata International Airport, you can fly directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Precision Air. However, you can use daily shuttles that serves two schedules per day, in the morning and afternoon at 0800hrs and 1400hrs respectively. You can book with Riverside shuttle or Ngurdoto Mountain Shuttle.
Arusha Safari can be done throughout the year. The best time to visit the Park is during dry season. In Arusha dry season is between June to October. Some of the vegetation become thin and its easier to spot animals to northern part of the park. November to March, Arusha do have short rains and April to May its heavy rains. The park receives less tourists.
The distance from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport is 45kms. Its takes about 1hour drives from Arusha City to the Airport.
Most of the International flight require travellers to arrives 2hrs before departure time. So for tourists who will be having Arusha safari, you need to plan to Arrives Arusha Town 3.5 to 4hrs prior to departure time. Arusha get traffic in the morning and evening, so if you will be going to the airport during busy time you will need to add some extra minutes in case you get stuck at the traffic.
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you can directly arrange Private taxi to Arusha with local driver. Normally Airport local drivers waits at exit gates of the airport waiting for travelers arriving.
Most local taxi drivers will charge you between 50-100 US$ for the transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha City.
We advise tourist arriving for Arusha safari to book directly with their Tour Operator as it will be much safer, cheaper and easier to meet you for the transfer.
If you feel you in budget, there shuttles at the Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha depending on the airline you will be using. It will cost you around 10$ per person for the shuttle.
In case you miss a shuttle to Arusha, you can take a taxi from the Kilimanjaro Airport to KIA junction, and take public bus ( Dala Dala ). For the transfer from Airport to KIA Junction will be around 5 US$ and Daladala to Arusha will be around 2US$. However, this mode of transport is only for those who are not in hurry, as Daladala will be having a lot of stop along the way to Arusha picking up and dropping off passengers.
Arusha is the famous City in Tanzania and serves as the starting point for safari to Northern Circuit to popular parks such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. Since its starting point for Tanzania safari, some travelers do have extra days in Arusha while waiting for their memorable and lifetime safari.
Travelers asks themselves what to do in Arusha while waiting the dates for their safari?
There several activities that traveler can do in Arusha and experience unique local life of Tanzanian.
Coffee is one of the largest export crop in Tanzania. Arusha has conducive weather and fertile land that favor coffee growing possible. Coffee plantations employs a good number of people from Arusha. You can plan few hours tour to Coffee plantations where you will be guided by a local guide. Sometimes farmer themselves will be guiding visitors.
Tourists will have tour to small coffee farms that belong to the farmers who are members of Village. With this tour you will learn early stages of coffee growing, processes of coffee making, roasting and tasting. You will also enjoy a local prepared lunch and with a cup of local coffee.
The main activities during the coffee tour are:
• An excursion to a nearby coffee farm;
• Coffee berry picking and pulping;
• Explanation about organic coffee farming and Fair-trade standards;
• Processing of the coffee from beans to Cup;
• Coffee drinking at the farm.
Shanga is non profit community project, it employs disabled people. The project employs around 50 Tanzanian with disabilities. The project was initiated for the purpose of empower the disabled to show their ability in creativity.
The workshop has variety of activities such as blowing of glasses, recycling pans, metal work, pots paper, metal work, bead making weaving as well as beading. Through creativity of this disabled community, the project has produced beautiful necklaces, and jewelry that are being sold in Tanzania and some being exported overseas.
The snake park is a special treasure of Arusha, an amazing source of enjoyment and relaxation for both visitors locals foreigners.The snake park is located 25km west of Arusha on the route to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.
After all your activities, relax and enjoy a fully equipped camp site and barbecue area and a fully stocked bar, which has become legendary around the world.
While in Arusha, you can take time to visit Tanzanite Experience. It’s the center where you will learn the process of how to explore Tanzania. You will meet expert who will describe to you all processes of mining, cutting, polishing and grading these precious stone.
Tanzania precious blue gemstone which are only found in Tanzania. You can choose to purchase some of these precious gemstone or buy jewelry.
Lake Duluti is located in Arusha just 10 minutes drive from the city center. Its one of the volcanic crater with a size of 800m width and 1.1km length and it is fiund on an elevation of 1,290 meters and an elevation of 1290m.
The lake is surround with a forest and attract variety of beautiful birds such as egrets, grey herons, kingfishers and fish eagles. Others attractions includes baboons, black faced vervet monkey, reptiles etc.
You can also enjoy canoeing at the lake, where by you can have best view of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro Mountain.
While in Arusha there famous center called clocktower. Few meters walk from clocktower you will find Souvenir Maasai Market. In this place you will find variety of Souvenirs such as painting, jewelry, clothing and African wooden sculptures.
The place is occupied by many vendors, each having a stall with variety of souvenirs. All vendors are friendly, and on your arrival you will receive a warm welcome from them. You will get the best deal from them, you can have a good chance to do bargain for any item that you will be interested.
Travelers arriving in Arusha for safari or business most of them prefers have a walk and explore the City. Some of them will have lunch or dinner out of their lodge / Hotel.
Arusha has many options of restaurant that you can choose to have your delicious meal.
Below are some of Arusha Restaurants that we recommend:
Arusha is very close to the equator and its located at high altitude of about 2300m. Arusha experiences two weather season i.e dry and green season. Dry season in Arusha is between June to October. During this time Arusha experience cold weather in June to August during the day and night, also sunny and hot during the day in September and October.
November to March is short rains and heavy rains is April and May.
Arusha, Tanzania experience heavy rains for two months of April and May, other months it get short rains. In general there 113 rainfall days, and 1237mm (48.7") of accumulated precipitation .