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See and Do
[[File:Look at Mt. Meru Arusha Tanzania.jpg|thumb|350px|Mount Meru]]
[[image:MountMeru.jpg|thumb|300px|Mount Meru]]
'''Arusha''' is a city of approximately 400,000 people in [[Northeast Tanzania]], [[East Africa]]. It is regarded as the gateway to the popular Northern Safari Circuit.
Arusha can be reached by express coach from Nairobi (Kenya, 6 hr), Dar es Salaam (12 hr), and Kampala (Uganda, 17 hr) with direct services also available from [[Mwanza]], [[Tanga]], and [[Lushoto]]. Some companies offer first-class tickets which are slightly more comfortable although it is worth noting that standards are generally comparable with most African bus services. [[Moshi]] can be reached in about one hour. There are various shuttle buses between Arusha and Moshi which are more comfortable than coaches.
[[image:ArushaMinibus.jpg|thumb|250px350px|The crowded interior of an Arusha minibus]]
==Get around==
The main mode of public transport is daladala, the ubiquitous minibuses which ply their trade on all the main routes in town. They are very cheap, Tsh TSH 300 (US$0.2520) is the fixed price for any trip around town,(beware of those who quote more to foreigners). Daldala is very cramped and safety is a serious consideration. Accidents involving daladalas are frequent and usually with serious consequences for the passengers. Pickpocketing has occurred on locals and visitors in close quarters and can happen quickly; store valuables hands on in bags on your lap.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap; make sure to agree on a price before leaving for your destination (expect to pay no more than Tsh 8TSH 5,000 for a trip within town the city centre, or TSH 8,000 for the outskirts, at any time of the day).
Car hire is possible; most companies prefer to provide their own drivers.
==See and Do==
[[image:ArushaElephants.jpg|thumb|300px350px|Elephants as seen from a safari truck]]
* '''Climb Mount Meru''' (4,667 m). It can be done in 2-4 days, depending on your physical condition. You are not required to take guides and porters up Mount Meru, but you must be escorted by armed rangers. Temperatures can be freezing, so prepare warm clothing and sleeping bags.
 
Comfortable and enjoyable mount meru climbing would need professional mountain guide in addition to armed rangers. The role of mountain climbing guide is to provide information about mount meru like weather, wild animals available, birds and to support when summiting at mount meru. The Guide will also guide on acclimatization, altitude sickness and make sure food is prepared. Porters will also be helpful to carry food and support materials.
 
Most mountain guides and porters are employed by [http://junglesafaristanzania.com/mount-meru.html local Tour Operators] and hence are recommended because are Reliable.
 
Other sight seeing places and things to do include are wildlife safari tours to Arusha National park located at slopes of Mount meru. Camel safaris is done at slopes of mount meru at Maasai village. Camel safaris offer great opportunity for wildlife safaris, maasai culture tour and adventures. At the slope of Mount meru, Kilimanjaro is visible in clear days without clouds
 
 
* '''Tanzania Tourist Board''' can arrange cultural excursions to nearby villages for Tsh 15,000-50,000. These cultural tourism visits can be some of the most rewarding parts of a trip to East Africa, and the human (cultural) element involved complements an animal-centric safari to the game parks. Some cultural tourism programs (Ilkiding'a, Ng'iresi) are within an hour's hike of Arusha. Several others are within an hour's drive (Monduli Juu, Longido, Mulala, Tengeru, Ilkurot, Oldonyo Sambu). They are great opportunities to learn about the Maasai and Meru tribes who live nearby, pastoralism, agriculture, stories & legends, local economies. There are several good hikes around Mt. Meru, including some beautiful waterfalls. Longido has camel safaris. They are flexible in nature, meaning you can arrange an hour-long visit or a day-long one. Some sites have lodging or camping.
==Buy==
[[image:MarketArusha.jpg|thumb|200px300px|The market bustle]]
* '''The Markets'''. The markets in the centre of town are not to be missed. Bargaining is required, meaning prices will range from dirt-cheap to tourist-expensive, depending on the goods and whether or not you pay attention.
Arusha has a wide variety of restaurants and informal eating places, with a predominance of Indian cuisine. Meals range from less than US$ 1 for street fare to US$15 for main courses at the high-end hotels.
[[image:ArushaLunch.jpg|thumb|200px300px|A typical lunch of chicken and potatoes]]
* <eat name="Africafe Coffee House" alt="" address="Old Boma Rd" directions="near to the Clock tower" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="8AM-8PM" price="From Tsh 2,500">Stylish cafe, good coffee specialties, delicious pastries like carrot cake and muffins, breakfast, burgers, salads. Despite the name, they serve real coffee and no Africafe instant coffee. Sometimes there is WiFi.</eat>
* <eat name="Cafe Bamboo Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Higher end cafe/restaurant from a local standpoint, but inexpensive for many foreign travelers. Snacks such as samosas, chips and kebabs. Also serves western, Indian and traditional African dishes. Popular with tourists.</eat>
* <eat name="Chinese Dragon" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="10,000-15,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A good place for Chinese food in Arusha, moderately priced. Say hi to Louie for a special deal!</eat>
* <eat name="Khan's Chicken on the Bonnet" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Tsh 4,500-9,000 (US$3-7)/person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Pakistani BBQ, includes chicken, beef, mutton, assorted salads, and nan. Arguably best BBQ in town (rivals with Nick's Pub BBQ in Njiro). Two locations, one in town centre which serves as a car repair shop by day and bbq BBQ venue by night, newer location at cinema in Njiro.</eat>
*<eat name="L'Oasis Lodge" alt="" address="Close to idara ya maji, Sekei Arusha" directions="access via Moshi/Nairobi Rd." phone="+255 757 557 802" url="http://loasislodge.com" hours="7am - late" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Nachos, cold drinks in the garden or by the pool. No reservations needed for groups below less than 10.</eat>
* <eat name="The Lively Lady Bar &amp; Grill" alt="" address="" directions="opposite the Railway station, down the road with Arusha Backpacker's on the corner" phone="+255 713 650777" url="http://livelyladyarusha.com" hours="5PM-12 midnight, 6 days a week, (closed on Sundays)" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A small and funky rock-bar in the middle of town. Good European/Indian style kitchen, large collection of drinks and good rock-music to spicen spice up your evening.</eat>
* <eat name="McMoody's" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="7AM-10PM, 7 days a week" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Has a little bit of everything in a fast-food-y setting right in the centre of town. They also have a branch in the complex in Njiro Rd near the cinema. Breakfast including eggs, bread and coffee/tea is Tsh 1,400 (US$1). </eat>
* <eat name="Onsea House Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+255 787 112 498" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Renowned as best French/Belgian restaurant in East Africa. Recommended for a romantic candle light dinner or special celebration. Reservations recommended.</eat>
* <eat name="Shanga River House" alt="[email protected]" address="POB 15938, Dodoma Rd" directions="on the road Dodoma Road to Arusha Airport" phone="+255 689759067" url="http://shanga.org/River_House.html" hours="109:30-174:30" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">'[email protected] - [email protected]' Shanga is a heartwarming project located on Tanzania's oldest coffee estate, in Arusha, Tanzanianext to Tanapa. Ask about the Pink Balloon project. This is a friendly and delightful place to visit - your heart may be warmed by the warmth of the manner of the staff. Shanga employs 50 disabled differently abled Tanzanian people in their workshops where they recycle glass, aluminum, paper and tires into high unique, quality, creative products. Shanga features the River House Restaurant and the Shanga Shopwhich offers unique and creative gifts at good prices. River House Restaurant is for open 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; lunch on is by reservation only. The home grown healthy lunches are served in garden pagodas near the river. Coffee and tours are available before and after lunch. It is a haven away removed from the bustle of Arusha, and another delightful experience. </eat>
* <eat name="Via Via Cultural Cafe" alt="" address="Old Boma Rd" directions="in the gardens of the Natural History Museum, next to the AICC building" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9.30-?" price="From Tsh 6,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Nice and quiet settingin a magnificent garden surrounded by a forest, popular with ICTR employees. Concert and Party every Thursday night. You can also book cultural tours there.</eat>
*<eat name="Spice Retreat Restaurant" alt="" address="1st Floor, Njiro Complex" directions="" phone="+255 754 274977" url="" hours="12noon-12midnight" price="Tsh 5,000-15,000" lat="" long="">Indian, Asian, Mexican and international cuisine. Views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro on clear days. Also a nightclub.</eat>*<eat name="Friends of Africa Family Safaris Ltd" alt="" address="Arusha-Tanzania" directions="Elisha" phone="+255 786 389039" url="www.friendsofsafaris.com" hours="24" price="" lat="" long="">We are a travel company based in Mwanza and Arusha, Tanzania and we are specialists in very personal, tailor made private safaris to this stunning area of the world. Some of us are born here and some just came for a few months and never left. What we all have in common is that we love Africa; her mountains, people, wildlife and smell.</eat>*<eat name="Friends of Africa Family Safaris Ltd" alt="" address="Arusha-Tanzania" directions="Elisha" phone="" url="www.friendsofsafaris.com" hours="24" price="" lat="" long="">We are a travel company based in Mwanza and Arusha, Tanzania and we are specialists in very personal, tailor made private safaris to this stunning area of the world. Some of us are born here and some just came for a few months and never left. What we all have in common is that we love Africa; her mountains, people, wildlife and smell.</eat>*<eat name="Fifi`s Restaurant" alt="" address="Themi road" directions="200 m down from the clocktower on the left" phone="+255774301007" url="[email protected]" hours="7:30 AM to 219:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">A brand new restaurant offering high quality international food, fresh pastry and the best coffee in town. The restaurant has 2 sections with a lovely lounge area at the back. Parking (guarded) is free for customers.</eat>
==Drink==
[[Image:Arusha Ring.JPG|thumb|250px350px|The ring—Arusha's city centre]]
Arusha has many interesting bars and restaurants. As a rule the best food is Indian, thanks to the large sub-continental community in the city. '''Liquid Blue''' in Njiro and '''Big Bite''' on the Swahili Rd are among the most popular Indian restaurants. For 'Nyama Choma', or Tanzanian roast meat, '''Nick 's Bar''' in Njiro is also popular. There are uncountable countless local bars which are generally welcoming to adventurous welcome foreigners. The less adventurous visitors stick to '''Via Via''', in on the grounds of the old German fort, which is an interesting cultural centre and part of an NGO which trains locals in the hospitality industry.
There are plenty of options for bars and restaurants for those who for some reason seem to wish to avoid locals altogether; these places are very easy to find.
For nightclubs, the '''Velocity''', '''Colobus Club''', '''Maasai Camp''', '''Triple A''', '''777''' and '''Polygon Triangle''' are popular with locals and foreigners alike. They start late and finish very, very late (or early). Pickpockets have been known to operate and all these bars are popular with the local sex workers so the usual discretion should be applied; caution is advised.
==Sleep==
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Arusha has plentiful accommodation to cater to all ends of across the scale. There are many hotels in the centre of the town, including the international-grade '''Impala Hotel''' and the '''Arusha Hotel''' (see below). You won't get any surprises in this sort of accommodation. At the highest end of the scale there are numerous luxurious lodges in and around the city, some of which offer stunning scenery and the best standard of accommodation.
Be sure to avoid touts (people hired by hotels/hostels to get travellers to stay there). If you are travelling as a couple, a good idea is for one person to sit in a lobby or restaurant with the bags, while the other looks at the rooms. You are likely to get a cheaper price without the bags, and not be targeted by sneaky touts (they signal reception or hang around behind you) which will raise the price US$5-10 for you for their commission.
For budget travellers, many recommend the '''Maasai Camp''' (about 45 minutes walk from the city centre) or which offers tent sites and bandas, a full service restaurant with a good selection of dishes (seafood, pizza, pastas, famous enchiladas), and bar. Many begin safaris here. There is a car workshop for those with car problems. This is popular with overland long distance haul truckers. Views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Nature walks. Another is the '''Snake Park''' (which is in a village called Meserani, about 16 km out on the Dodoma Rd)on the route to Ngorongo Crater and the Serengeti. They have fully equipped campsites, a BBQ area and fully stocked bar. Pet a crocodile, learn about the most venomous and dangerous snakes. Ride a camel. These are both lively locations with popular bars and good services at a very low price.  For a quieter stay, '''Centre House''', run by Camaldolese Benedictine nuns (of suffragan diocese orders in Africa deriving from the Patriarchate of Lisbon; these orders are also found in Brazil, India, Poland, and Columbia) is located a few minutes walk from the clock tower and offers basic rooms, both dormitory style and smaller rooms. Food and drinks including beer is are available from the sisters.  '''NOTE:''' In all lower end pricing accommodations, especially those shared with strangers, you sometimes have a greater risk of theft. Ask to store your valuables and ID in their safe when you leave, or take them with you in a concealed clothing pouch to deter pickpockets.
*<sleep name="Arusha Backpackers" alt="" address="Sokoine Rd" directions="near bus station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="10:00 am" price="US$20/dbl" lat="" long="">A restaurant and a bar on the top floor of the hotel. An internet cafe on the top floor for quick browsing. The other facilities available are 24 hr hot water facility in the bathrooms, a TV room, a reading room and also a massage room. They charge around Tsh 40,000 for 1 hour of massage.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Arusha by Night Annexe" alt="" address="Stadium Rd &amp; Colonel Middleton Rd" directions="" phone="+255 272 506 894" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="-3.368211" long="36.685216">Budget hotel located by the stadium and bus stations. Double rooms for 15,000 TZS (Nov 2011). Basic breakfast included. Hot water only at certain times. Road-side rooms are very noisy.</sleep>
[[image:ArushaNaaz.jpg|thumb|200px300px|The Arusha Naaz Hotel]]
*<sleep name="Arusha Naaz Hotel" alt="" address="Sokoine" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$50" lat="" long="">A good option for travellers on a budget who still want a private room with a/c, TV and internet WIFI in a safe, central location. Very pleasant staff and good restaurant.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Caanan Hotel" alt="" address="Nairobi Rd, Mianzini" directions="next to the white petrol station" phone="+255 732 975 127" url="http://caananahotel.com" checkin="12 noon" checkout="11AM" price="$19" lat="" long="">A midrange (3 star equivalent) 18 bed hotel. All rates include breakfast, dinner is available and you can give a half days notice, the hotel will arrange free transport for you from any where in the City Centre. Ideal if you just jumping off the Shuttle bus in Arusha.</sleep>
* '''Meru House Inn''', (''in the centre of town''). Budget option with double rooms going for Tsh 7,000 (US$5) a night, clean rooms with shared toilet and showers - it also has a great, very reasonably priced Indian restaurant on the ground floor. ''However'', Meru House Inn has been plagued by thefts recently, several guests have experienced thefts from their room, possibly by staff. Make sure to put your valuables/passport in a safe.
* <sleep name="Onsea House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$185" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A luxury B&amp;B with only 5 rooms, Arusha's only boutique hotel, recommended as hip, relaxing hideaway just 7 km from the centre.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kigongoni Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Run by an NGO. All the profits go to support a local school for mentally handicapped children so that you can stay in luxury while helping the nearby community.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Annexe at L'Oasis Lodge" alt="" address="Close to idara ya maji, Sekei Arusha" directions="Access rd Moshi/Nairobi Rd" phone="+255 757 557 802" url="http://loasislodge.com" email="[email protected]loasislodge.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">12 rooms with twin bedded rooms beds in the gardens surrounding the main lodge in the village Sekai, including access to lodge facilities. About 10 min drive from the town centre. Bookings not essential but much appreciated.</sleep>
*<sleep name="The African Tulip" alt="" address="44/1 Serengeti Rd" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$230" lat="" long="">A small, well-liked luxury hotel for a reasonable price. A good one! </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Arusha Hostel Lodge And Adventures" alt="1430" address="Ngulelo" directions="Ngulelo,Arusha-himo road" phone="+255 784 876 731" url="http://arushahostellodgeandadventures.com/" checkin="Any time" checkout="10:30pm" price="$12-25" lat="" long="">AHLA is your gateway into East Africa. We offer a wide range of adventures, including: Cheap Accomodation in our Hostel Lodge, Affodable wildlife safaris to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, cultural Masai tourism, cycling, and beach vacations to Zanzibar. Additionally, AHLA organizes volunteer experiences at a low cost. No matter what you want to make out of your trip to Tanzania, we can make it happen!</sleep>
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