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If you’re climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, or taking a safari or expedition to some of Tanzania’s finest game parks or landmarks -- the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Mount Meru and Olduvai Gorge among them -- you’re likely to spend some time in the city of Arusha, the departure point for most guided trips. Located on the slopes of Mount Meru, Arusha has some attractions of its own as well. Stride’s easy-to-use tools can help you find the right outfitter to get you to Arusha and beyond.

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Arusha, Tanzania Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 175 Great 33 Average 2 Disappointing 0 Terrible 2
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals



Poah cacheezy camandeezy danya frigee August 2018


Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The title is Swahili for "Cool as a crazy banana in the fridge".

This trip was excellent! Well organised and well operated by our leader, JT.
He and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional, the list goes on!

I was nervous about coming on this trip as I had never done anything like it
before, but everything was so well managed that one by one, my worries
disappeared and turned into excitement and even relaxation.

Everyone in the group was like-minded, determined and supportive of each
other so we all got along very well. I went on my own so it was a relief to
find that every one of my group had similar enough ambitions and were easy to
get along with, despite coming from a range of backgrounds. I don't believe
this was just a happy accident - everyone climbing this mountain has more
than enough in common to bond over and Exodus nourishes that bond well.
Reaching the top!

Being above the clouds and wending through the grand rain forests at the
start and the very end were all highlights for me as well. Shira cathedral
and the Baranco Wall also made good scrambling (climbing) and although I got
a bit of a headache at the lava tower, that was something else I had been
looking forward to and it did not disappoint.

JT and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional. He's already won the award for
best group leader and he fully deserves to win it again.

Be prepared, think about what you need. Your kit doesn't have to be perfect,
just enough. Anything else is a comfort you're welcome to (but remember,
either you or your porter, who WILL become your friend, will be carrying it).
Consider what you will want to use when:
- Travelling
- On the plane
- When you arrive
- Leave the hotel
- Wake up in the tent each morning
- When it's warm at the bottom
- When it's cold at the top
- When it rains
- When your camera loses charge
- When you go to sleep in the tent
- When you wake up in the morning
- What information you need and how to store it (what reception is available)
Just go through the situations of what the holiday will bring and consider
what you need for those situations.

Research altitude sickness. You don't need to be an expert and you don't need
all the drugs - I personally did not take diamox and was just as well off as
everyone else (some people did).

Pole pole. Going slow sounds boring, but remember when sitting in your office
thinking about the trip, but you're out in the wild by the tallest free
standing mountain in the world. Make the most of it, look around, take
pictures. You're only going to have to wait around when you get to camp. Even
if you're really fit and the fastest walker in the world, you'll still fall
short of breath at some point. And unless you can beat the record of under
5.5 hours to summit, I'm not interested in how fast you can do it. I'm more
interested in what you get out of it, so just relax and see the sights.

Top trip. If the world didn't have more to explore, I'd do it again. Maybe I
still will one day. I look forward to my next Exodus trip - probably Everest
base camp.

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Operator Exodus Travels



Kilimanjaro - Adventure of a Lifetime August 2018


Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Kilimnjaro - Awesome - To the MAX !!!
Clambering out off my frozen tent at Shira 1 Camp, and seeing the snow-clad
summit of Kilimanjaro in the distance, and knowing in only a few days, we
would be at the top.

Our group leader was one of the funniest, happiest, and most competent
outdoor professionals it has ever been my pleasure to meet.
A totally indomitable spirit, and for whom I grew to have the utmost respect.

In the form of a list:-

1. Don't under-estimate the extremes of temperature. Days are hot and sweaty.
Nights can be bitterly cold.
2, Make sure you have a very good sleeping bag... you're going to be spending
a lot of time in it.
3. Don't under-estimate how cold it will be on the summit attempt. We had
wind-chill down to -20deg. You'll be making the summit bid at night and we
did ours in a snowstorm, even at the end of March. It was very very cold.
Take lots of thermals, and layer up.... 4 or 5 layers is expected.
4. Don't use a Camelbak, Platypus or other water bladder system. Trying to
suck a mouthful of water through a 1m length of tube at 4500m will disrupt
your breathing and make you gasp for breath. Better to take a couple of
1litre bottles so you can pour water into your mouth and swallow. Your mouth
will get very dry due to the dry air at altitude.
5. Don't take a Camelbak etc as the drinking tube WILL freeze solid on summit
6. Take some form of insulation for your drinking bottle.
7. Take a pee bottle for use at night. Campsites can be busy, and struggling
to get out of a sleeping bag, get dressed and walk across to the toilet tent
can be a real pain. Pee in a bottle and empty it in the morning. Much easier.
8. Take lots of snacks you enjoy, and comfort foods. The food on the trek is
good, but nibbling something you love when you need a lift is the best
feeling ever.
9. Take high energy foods, gels or "power bar" type snacks for summit day.
You will need them.
10. Take factor 50 sunblock and apply it every day even if it's cloudy. I
burned my arm and wrist in about 1 hour on the journey from the airport to
our hotel, and it only got worse as the trek went on. Do not ignore this
advice. UV effects are far more intense due to the thin air. Every one of us
suffered with sun or wind burn.
11. Weigh your stuff. The porters will only carry 15kg, and you don't want to
be carrying more than 6kg in your day pack. Anything heavier will affect your
breathing. Leave spare clothes at the hotel to change in to when you return.
12. Enjoy every minute of it. The landscape is awesome. The experience is
awesome. You will make some solid friends in the group as everyone suffers
and shares the same.
13. Make sure you take enough cash in US dollars. They can be used
everywhere. You will want to tip the porters and guides much more than they
state in the trip notes..... these guys and girls are truly what makes the
14. You will probably want to donate some of your equipment to the porters.
In my group, we left behind rucksacks, sleeping bags, trekking boots, thermal
gear, gloves, hats, buffs, water bottles, etc. Tanzania is a very poor
country with around 30% unemployment. Working as a porter is a good job, but
many of them have very little specialised equipment. They do not expect it,
but are honoured to receive it.

If you have any specific questions, I will be happy to receive them by email
and answer as best I can.

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Operator Exodus Travels



Tanzania Classic Safari August 2018


Classic Tanzania Safari

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my second time on this trip. I did it in June 2016 and decided to
try a trip in February instead. Yet again, it didn't disappoint.
Accommodation was great - especially Rhino Lodge and Tarangire Lodge and we
saw a multitude of wildlife - much close up. I came home with about 3000
photos again!
There were so many but perhaps it was the small herd of elephants having a
mud bath right by the side of our vehicle. The youngsters didn't want to get
out! Two lionesses with a very recent kill was also a first. Or perhaps it
was the wonderful pride of lions having a siesta on some rocks on the
Serengetti where we were able to get close and get some wonderful photos.
And last but not least herds of zebra as far as the eye could see and beyond
including a youngster who entertained us playing a game of dare running to
and fro the track in front of us, skipping, jumping and showing off until he
got told off by his Mum! Then again my first ever sighting of an African
wildcat - although in the distance was still good enough for a photo and
another exciting memory. I could go on!

Jackson was great. Knowledgeable and very attentive. He was always checking
that everyone in the group was OK. He was also very friendly, had a sense of
humour and made sure he spent time with everyone in the group.
Our drivers - Julius and Alex - were also great. Their driving was second to
none. I was in the vehicle driven by Julius and I was also impressed by his
ability to spot animals miles away and he was also very knowledgeable.

Enjoy! Make sure you have large memory chips in your cameras! A pair of
binoculars is a must for those sightings that are just a bit too far away for
a photo. Keep your eyes pealed at all times and enjoy not just the stunning
wildlife but the beautiful scenery as well and also the friendly people at
all the camps and lodges.

Having now done a few safaris with Exodus staying in a variety of tented
camps (my favourites) and lodges, I would never visit Africa and stay in a
hotel! The tented camps make you feel a part of it all and laying in bed at
night listening to the sounds of Africa is magical and exciting.

And whenever you get a chance, talk to the local people - they love learning
from you as much as you can enjoy learning from them.

I cannot rate Exodus enough. I have had some fabulous holidays with them so
far and hope to have many more. As a solo traveller I feel completely safe
with Exodus.

I'm already pouring over the latest brochures to decide where I am going in

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Operator Exodus Travels



I had an awesome group of 12 trekkers and 49 staff! We all had a great time together May 2018


Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The midnight Summit climb was tough, tiring and super COLD. There was so many trekkers in different companies that fell by the wayside on Summit night. I stood tough and strong and braved the cold windy elements and soldiered up the huge ascent to the top. The morning sun helped with feeling warmer. I stayed on the Summit admiring the views. Read more

Operator World Expeditions



Great guide, great cook, great driver, great value, good group, amazing sights, basically everything included April 2018


Stone Town to Nairobi

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We loved this trip! We had a group of 12, and we traveled all over Tanzania. We got to see Mt. Kilimanjaro peek out from the clouds, enjoy lots of delicious local foods, trek all over the hillsides visiting local villages, and had a BLAST on the Serengeti safari. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting, our driver was safe at all times, and our cook provided both delicious and interesting food. It was so nice to take a trip where we didn't have to think about transport, food, lodging, safe water, park entry, etc. The truck was great (not the most comfortable seats, but they were totally fine): we had power, adequate storage, great windows for viewing, clean seats and floor, and working seatbelt - all you need. It is a camping tour, but the tents were nice. I'm a wimp and brought an additional sleeping mat to add to the provided one, and that was helpful. They even have sleeping bags you can rent if you don't want to bring your own. It was such a good trip! We're still talking about it 3 months later. Read more

Operator Intrepid Travel

Arusha, Tanzania Tours and Travel Guide

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.

Safari Central

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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