Holidays to Arusha, or as it is often referred to the 'safari capital', thanks to the numbers of tourists that pass through, is the starting point of all Northern Circuit safaris. The town lies in the heart of fertile agricultural lands surrounding Mount Meru.
There are plenty of different types of accommodation in Arusha but the ones that we usually recommend are the ones on the outskirts of the town situated in the lush farm areas. Many of the lodges are set within coffee plantations, surrounded by fertile gardens and most have views of Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro or both. Most offer sanctuary from the busy safari circuit and provide relief after a long plane journey or at the end of a safari. If you have a day or so to spare then we would highly recommend taking a day or half day to visit Arusha National Park.
Only 20 km from Arusha town, Arusha National Park is a picturesque park with varied terrain and retains a feeling of wildness, a fine place to start your safari. It has three distinct topographical features - the inactive volcano of Mount Meru, the Ngurdoto Crater and Momela Lakes. Altitude ranges from 1500 metres to 4500 metres. You'll see buffaloes, elephants, black and white colobus and blue monkeys, Kirk's dik-diks and giraffes are common. The lakes are seasonally important for waterbirds. Since there are no lions in the park, you may leave your vehicle and enjoy a walk to one of the observation points.
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Found in east Arusha, this property offers the charm of a cosy boutique hotel with panoramic views across the Maasai steppe and Mount Meru.
Ideal for relaxing before or after a safari, Arusha Coffee Lodge is a comfortable property found on one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations.
Situated just outside Arusha and set on 30 acres of land this tranquil lodge offers superb views of Lake Duluti.
Situated on the outskirts of Arusha, Legendary Lodge is a quaint property set in the surrounds of a working coffee farm. Expect colonial charm and comfortable accommodation.
Perched high on a hill, Machweo is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner. Overlooking the Monduli Mountains this is a good place to relax before climbing Kilimanjaro.
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