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'''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.
Visas-on-arrival are available at Kilimanjaro International Airport for US$50, or US$100 for some nationalities.
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|
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,
Taxis are plentiful and cheap; make sure to agree on a price before leaving for your destination (expect to pay no more than
Car hire is possible; most companies prefer to provide their own drivers.
==See and Do==
* '''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.
* '''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.
Definitely something to try, if you can afford it. There are many types of trips for many budgets; usually the pricier ones get you out farther into the Serengeti, to places that are a little less touched by man. The less expensive excursions to reserves and parks are specialized, of a shorter duration, and worthwhile. If there's one trip that will change your perspective on life, it's an African safari.
* <listing name="Travel Option" alt="" address="Arusha, TZ" directions="" phone="+255 767 115 500" url="http://www.traveloptiontz.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" web="http://www.traveloptiontz.com/" email="[email protected]">Your best choice for a safari or trek in Tanzania</listing>
* '''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.
* <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="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="Dodoma Rd" directions="on
* <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="" url="" hours="9.30-?" price="From Tsh 6,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Nice and quiet setting in 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>
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 countless local bars which generally welcome foreigners. The less adventurous stick to '''Via Via''', 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.
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 local sex workers; caution is advised.
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Arusha has plentiful accommodation to cater to all
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)
*<sleep name="Arusha Backpackers" alt="" address="Sokoine Rd" directions="near bus station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" 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 & 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>
*<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
* <sleep name="Onsea House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$185" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A luxury B&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://
*<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>