Arusha is the biggest city in northern Tanzania and located at the foot of Mount Meru. Arusha is often regarded simply as the starting point for safaris or trekking tours, but the city offers much more than that. If you plan on staying in Arusha for a few days before or after your trekking tour or safari adventure, we have some tips for what to do in Arusha.
At first glance, it looks as if there are only few parks or relaxing areas. Instead it seems more like a tiring and chaotic city. However, looking closely, you can find small oases of relaxation and peace just off the loud and busy streets. Arusha also has a good nightlife scene. Whether you want to go dancing or just drink a cocktail and chat with your fellow travelers, Arusha’s got you covered.
Here is our list of “Must-Dos” when in Arusha:
- Drink a coffee or cocktail at The Mulberry. You may just want to relax after an amazing, but exhausting trekking tour instead of returning to bustling city life right away. If you prefer to relax, The Mulberry is the perfect place for you. Here you can just sit in the garden, have lunch or dinner and some drinks. The atmosphere invites you to relax and refuel your energy. Here you can chill on a couch, read a book, sip, and enjoy.
- Have lunch at Themi Living Gardens. Another oasis awaits you just a few minutes away from the Clock Tower. At Themi Living Gardens, you will get a typical Tanzanian lunch in the middle of a garden from Monday to Friday. For just a few bucks you can eat and afterwards stroll through the garden which is filled with information about the region and the people of Tanzania.
- Shop for souvenirs on the Maasai market. If you have spare time after relaxing or you prefer to be active, don’t miss out on the Maasai market, located in the Clock Tower area. Here, you will find everything you and your loved ones back home could want: from earrings and jewelry, to masks and paintings, wooden cutlery and Maasai spears. You will find everything a traveler’s heart desires. Get your game face on! Negotiating is accepted and welcome.
- Explore the surrounding area: If you want to get to know the area around Arusha, head out on exciting day trips: swim in the crystal-clear waters of the natural pools at Maji Moto or paddle across Lake Duluti in a canoe.
When arriving in Arusha it may seem like a hectic and busy city, but below its surface there is another side to it, one of relaxation and peace. Take a stroll through the city and you will have time to look at the small fruit and vegetable stands and people’s daily activities which gives you a glimpse of the colorful life in Arusha. Come over and have a nice time in Arusha. Karibu sana!