Arusha, Tanzania - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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- Visit Arusha City
- Explore Kilimanjaro
- Don’t miss an intriguing Masai village visit!
- Visit Serengeti the spectacular wildebeest migration and Lake Manyara the magical park.
- Discover Ngorongoro Crater.
- See tree climbing lions
- Enjoy going for game drives twice a day
- Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
- Know more about the tribes and local culture
- See herds of Elephants
- Witness the great migration
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Maasai village walk
- Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion
- Mountain gorilla trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)
- Chimpanzee trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)
- Maasai village walk
- Visit Zanzibar
- Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
- Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Visit the Great Rift Valley
- Visit Lake Nakuru National Park
- Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Mountain gorilla trek (part of Gorilla permit payment)
- Chimpanzee trek (part of Gorilla permit payment)
- Volunteering with local children at a village primary school
- Meeting local families and learning about Tanzanian society firsthand
- Seeing zebras, elephants, lions, rhinos and more on an African safari
- Hiking to a waterfall on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Seeing firsthand the nomadic lifestyle of the Masai
- Learning African dance, percussion, bead making and even how to throw a spear
- Support local conservation by visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside
- Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget. As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else
- Go wildlife-spotting along the river at Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants
- Experience the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side, which gives you the broadest view
- Discover the magic of South Luangwa National Park, a highly concentrated arena of noble beasts and exotic wildflowers, on a dawn game drive
- Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean
- Explore the home of the Big Five beasts of Africa – the Serengeti, a wildlife arena like no other
- Begin the adventure in the unspoiled forests of Uganda.
- Witness gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, lions, and hyenas in their natural habitats
- As you pass through the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward in a unique boat cruise, be amazed to see high concentrations of hippos and other wildlife drinking at water's edge
- Journey towards Tanzania's famed northern circuit for a safari centered around the legendary Serengeti.
- Learning about Hadzabe tribe
- End your adventure with a relaxing yet fascinating stay on historic Zanzibar.
- Enjoy your first game drive in safari vehicles
- Exploring the Crater - a large, intact volcanic caldera with many resident animals.
- Vist the Ngorongoro Crater rim, descending the Ngorongoro Highlands on the vast Serengeti Plains
- See the colorful robes where people of the Maasai tribe herd their cattle
- Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the incredible landscapes of Tanzania. When the going gets tough, ride in the support vehicle, and when it’s time to see wildlife, swap the bike for a jeep or truck
- Kick off your adventure with that cornerstone of all cycling adventures – coffee. Roast, grind and taste your own in the village of Tengeru
- The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are two of Africa’s very best wildlife arenas. Fall asleep surrounded by creatures of the African plains and take a safari in search of the rare black rhino
- Venture to the weird and the wonderful – the far-out Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Hemingway’s beloved Lake Manyara and the flamingo-dotted, deep-pink chameleon that is Lake Natron
- Cycle where tourists rarely go, across the remote, barely-charted plains of Lengai in the realm of misty volcanic peaks
- Enjoy the long and winding descent into the stunning Great Rift Valley, barely pedalling a single stroke
- Track the "big five" across the serengeti and the ngorongoro crater
- Get close to nature by camping in the wilderness
- Bliss out on the white-sand beaches of zanzibar
- Experience the hustle-and-bustle of stone town
- This grand adventure takes us from one end of the african continent to the other and offers an in-depth experience that combines ancient history with wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
- Uncover the mysteries of egypt and admire pharaonic treasures as we embark on a cruise up the nile, witnessing the local rural life along the river as we meander along.
- A four-night river cruise is the ideal way to experience the nile. rest and relax on the sundeck and in the pool while local riverside life streams by.
- Experience not only the warmth and charm of nubian hospitality, but also some delicious traditional cuisine with a home cooked meal.
- Pull up in the serengeti national park and enjoy a refreshing sundowner and some nibbles before carrying on to you camp.
- Experience a real safari camp in the african bush at our comfortable mobile tented camp; kati kati, a feature stay on this trip located in central serengeti. while here, enjoy a private dinner under the stars while listening to the sounds of the serengeti.
- The 'big five' await us as do many other members of the animal kingdom. zanzibar is our perfect halfway stop with its stunning beaches and evocative old town.
- Visit the maasai, known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and enjoy a fascinating talk, full of insights into this remarkable and ancient culture.
- Southern africa offers us more stunning wildlife experiences, mother nature's landmark places such as victoria falls, okavango delta, fish river canyon and table mountain.head out on an afternoon excursion to the makgadikgadi pans, looking out for meerkats and meandering elephants, and enjoy a sundowner in the shadow of an old baobab tree.
- The magnificent okavango delta by houseboat and perhaps the hidden jewel of african wildlife reserves - etosha national park
- Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting experience on a working wine farm in the olifants river valley, with your host ‘sparky’.
- Rise early and witness the colourful sunrise and a picnic breakfast from the edge of fish river canyon, the second largest chasm of its type in the world.
- Spend 2 nights in kati kati tented camp, serengeti, 2 nights in vic falls safari lodge,and 2 nights in canyon lodge, fish river canyon, all feature stays on this trip.
- Step inside faldela's purple house in the bo-kaap region of cape town for an authentic home-cooked dinner. taste some of the traditional dishes such as 'bredie', 'chilli bites' and 'koesisters'.
- Reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru
- Enjoy your hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife
- See across the high altitude Shira Caldera past Shira Cave (views of Arrow glacier)
- Trek southwest side of Kilimanjaro
- Reach on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge
- Enjoy your drive from Moshi to the Serengeti National Park crossing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Leave early for a sunrise game drive in the Serengeti at Dawn
- Explore Arusha
- Drive to Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy walking safari or standard game drive including sundowners
- Visit Serengeti National Park's Mwiba Airstrip
- Enjoy a world class breakfast at your lodge and a morning at leisure
- Spend your next 3 days at the Resort & Spa enjoying the multitude of activities on offer
- Discover Zanzibar
- Enjoy visiting Dar es Selaam
- Visits to Rwanda Genocide Memorials
- Guided Gorilla Trek (including permit)
- Boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi & visit to a Pygmy Village
- Game Drives in the Masai Mara Nature Reserve
- Masai Village
- David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre
- Game Drives in the Serengeti National Park
- Morning Game Drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
- A fantastic eight-day route, carefully designed to maximise time in remote wilderness
- Extra day to aid acclimatisation
- To stand on top of the largest freestanding mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro
- 1 guide to every 2 clients on summit day
- Why not extend your trip on beautiful Zanzibar for a few days
- Tanzania's Top 3 safari destinations
- See the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire
- Excellent year-round big game viewing
- Witness the Wildebeest Migration in season
- Fully inclusive accommodation
- Water bar, infinity pool & spa
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Top Arusha, Tanzania Experiences
- Arriving at Kilimanjaro Base Camp and gazing in awe at Africa’s highest mountain -- while anticipating the long climb that lies ahead.
- Setting eyes on the Serengeti Plains for the first time and imagining what wildlife wonders await.
- Standing on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and surveying one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on earth from on high.
- Relaxing at a lodge in Arusha with views of 15,000-foot-high Mount Meru rising in the background, and, perhaps, of Mt. Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
- Climbing Mount Meru, among the ten highest mountains in Africa and the focal point of Arusha National Park.
- Strolling Sokoine Road, Arusha’s main drag, to sample the sights and sounds of an African city.
- Gawking at the squawking flamingos at Lake Manyara National Park.
- Photographing the clock tower, Arusha’s main landmark and the center of the city, and wondering if it really marks the halfway point between Cairo and Cape Town, as advertised.
- Visiting the colorful Central Market stalls stocked with fruits, vegetables, and clothing near the clock tower in downtown Arusha.
- Journeying to 17,000-foot Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain, where a lower (16,000-foot-plus) peak is a popular ascent.
- Shopping for souvenirs and fabrics at the Masai Market on School Street, near Sokoine Road.
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Arusha, Tanzania Attractions & Landmarks Guide
The once small town of Arusha has grown to a city of 400,000 people on the strength of its strategic location, near many of Tanzania’s (and to some degree, Kenya’s) finest attractions. The entire Arusha region has now grown to 1.5 million people.
Loaded with both legitimate guide companies and itinerant guides (some of questionable merit), Arusha is ground zero for most travelers heading off to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, as well as safari-goers preparing for trips to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park (known for its flamingos). and Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve and Mt. Kenya, among other destinations.
Almost everyone ends up spending a day or night in Arusha either before or after their safari, or both, so -- while it might not otherwise be a prime destination by itself -- Arusha has seen a multiplying of accommodations (both of hotels in the city as well as luxurious lodges and camps on the outskirts), eating places (try the Indian food) and attractions of its own. The climate tends to be pleasant due to its elevation on the slopes of Mt. Meru.
The center of the city is dominated by the clock tower, which is said to stand in the center of the continent as well, midway between Cairo and Cape Town. While the geography is probably off a bit, it makes a nice photo op, as does the Central Market nearby, where fruits, vegetables and clothing items are for sale.
An amble down Sokoine Road, Arusha’s main street, is well worth the time, especially for a first-time visitor to Africa. On School Street, which leads off of Sokoine, you’ll find the Masai Market, or at least the most interesting Masai Market in town, where you can buy souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry and local fabrics, such as batiks. Bargaining is expected at all the markets; you should pay about half the original asking price, if that.
Nearby National Park
The nearest safari destination to Arusha, Arusha National Park, is just 45 minutes northeast by car, and protects parts of Mt. Meru, the 15,000-foot peak that rises behind the city. This attractive park of forests and lakes won’t make you forget the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater for wildlife, but it does have leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, flamingos, some elephants, and black-and-white colobus monkeys, which are more visible here than just about anywhere else in northern Tanzania.
A day visit to the national park might be of special interest to those who have arrived to climb Mts. Kilimanjaro or Meru and aren’t planning on taking additional wildlife safaris. You can hike around the slopes of Mt. Meru or all the way to the summit. At nearly 15,000 feet, Mt. Meru itself can serve as a three-or-four-day warm-up for a Kilimanjaro (19,000 feet-plus) climb or -- as Africa’s fifth highest peak -- as a climbing destination in itself. The two peaks are just 30 miles apart.
If Arusha is serving as your introduction to Africa, make sure you consult Stride to make the most of your stay there -- and the African adventures that are sure to follow.
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