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About Arusha

Arusha is a game-rich area in Tanzania. Arusha backpacking tours offer the best of the Tanzanian Northern Safari Circuit, ideally situated close to a number of key game areas.

Arusha Budget Travel

Below is a list of Arusha's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Arusha Camel Rides, Ngorongoro Crater Excursion, Serengeti National Park Excursion, Serengeti National Park Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Arusha airports include the following:
•Arusha Airport


Arusha birdlife is rich and diverse, with a large number of endemic and migratory species to be found. Arusha National Park has over 400 species, including water birds, plus forest dwellers, savannah species and grassland species. Species in this area include Lesser flamingo, Maccoa duck, scarce swift, Nyanza swift, Horus swift, Hunter's cisticola, Kenrick's starling, Abbott's starling and Sharpe's starling among others.


Arusha conservation is essential to protect the biodiversity and precious habitats within the region. One of the key conservation efforts is the beautiful Arusha National Park, which is one of the top game parks within Tanzania and is home to a multitude of plant, bird and wildlife species.


Arusha money and banking info includes the following:
•Arusha international banks include Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered
•There are a number of ATMs in the city
•Credit cards are generally very seldom accepted
•Be prepared and draw cash when you have a chance


Arusha vegetation is green and lush, with varying ecosystems from grasslands to forest to be found. Habitat within key areas such as Arusha National Park ranges from highland montane forest to lowland swamp, with zones of dripping moss with soft clover underfoot, as well as open heath spiked with giant lobelias in the higher areas.

Safety Tips

•Arusha is a safe place to visit with very little crime
•When on game drives, do not ever get out of your car unless you are at a rest stop
•Keep valuables in a lodge safe or in a moneybag under your clothes
•Do not ever try and feed any wild animal you see, no matter how cute it looks, animals can be unpredictable and feeding them encourages trust of humans, leading to interference
•Don't swim in any lakes, crocodiles and hippos could be lurking beneath the water


Arusha local transport includes:

Travel Books

Arusha recommended travel books include the following:
•Lonely Planet Tanzania by Mary Fitzpatrick
•Arusha: Tanzania National Park by Into Africa Travel Guides
•Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar by Philip Briggs
•Arusha National Park by Deborah Snelson
•Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A. Turner, David J. Pearson and Ian Willis

When To Go

•The best time to visit Arusha and also climb Mount Meru is between October and February
•May and October are also good months
•The park is however open and accessible throughout the year


Arusha National Park is one of the top game spotting destinations on the Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit, and wildlife here is rich and diverse. Common species within the park includes beautiful black and white colobus monkey, blue monkeys, olive baboons, elephants, giraffe, hippo, leopard, hyena, zebra and a wide range antelopes.


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