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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 [ 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.
[[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="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>
*<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="" hours="24" price="" lat="" long="">We are a travel company based in Mwanza and Arusha, Tanzania and we are specialists in personalized, tailor made private safaris to this stunning area of the world. Some of us were 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 scent.</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 9:00 PM" 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>
[[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 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.
*<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="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="" email="[email protected]" 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>
*<sleep name="Arusha Hostel Lodge And Adventures" alt="1430" address="Ngulelo" directions="Ngulelo,Arusha-himo road" phone="+255 784 876 731" url="" 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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