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How to Spend 1 Day in Arusha

How to Spend 1 Day in Arusha

From colorful markets to local food and charismatic neighborhoods, Arusha welcomes travelers with big energy and open arms. While many visitors breeze through on their way to safaris or national parks, spending a day here offers a fascinating glimpse of urban life in Tanzania. Here’s how to spend one day in Arusha.

 

Morning: Search for Souvenirs

Start the day by browsing for souvenirs and quirky treasures in Maasai Market Curios and Crafts, a maze of stalls packed with Tanzanian wares. Exploring the market is the chance to strike up a conversation with a local and pick up mementos. Bargaining over prices is expected here, and the best finds at the Maasai Market include beadwork, hand-woven baskets, and wood carvings. For higher-end souvenirs and gemstones, opt for the Cultural Heritage Centre, instead. A gallery-like setting with high-quality art and crafts drawn from around the country, it’s known for a great selection of tanzanite.

 

Afternoon: Visit the Old Bomas Museum

With a fascinating location inside a fortified German compound, the Old Bomas Museum is Arusha’s top destination for natural history. Check out displays on human evolution and Tanzanian fossils, along with taxidermy, images of native plants, and information about the country’s magnificent animals. The Old Bomas Museum—sometimes called the Natural History Museum—is included on some guided tours of Arusha. After you check out wings dedicated to natural history, visit a section that explores Tanzania’s time under German colonial rule.

 

Night: Sample Tanzanian Cuisine

Grab a taxi for a night of local dining, whether you’re looking for upscale eats or something more rustic. Barbecue lovers shouldn’t miss the excellent, open-air Khan’s Barbecue, while elegant Rivertrees Restaurant has a breezy, garden dining room near Arusha National Park. Close to the Arusha Clock Tower is Kitamu Coffee, which offers Tanzanian specials such as green peas in coconut sauce along with locally grown Kilimanjaro coffee. Arusha’s deeply rooted Indian community means it’s easy to find excellent curries: Check out Hot Tandoor Village Indian Cuisine for specialties served at outdoor tables surrounded by foliage. 

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Arusha National Park Safari by Jeep

Arusha National Park Safari by Jeep

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Get out of the city and enjoy Tanzania’s nature on this half-day tour of Arusha National Park. Depart from your hotel or airport in a private vehicle with a driver and head to the national park. Accompanied by your guide, spot some of the rich wildlife in the park, possibly including giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and elephants.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$190.00
Price varies by group size
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US$190.00
Price varies by group size
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24 Hours in Arusha—Arusha Museum, Cultural Heritage, Maasai Market, Shanga

24 Hours in Arusha—Arusha Museum, Cultural Heritage, Maasai Market, Shanga

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With one day in Arusha you can cover key sites, but coordinating transport and activities takes up valuable sightseeing time. Choose a private tour to see and do more in the city, from browsing shops at the Arusha Central Market to checking out tribal traditions in the Cultural Heritage Centre. Door-to-door service means you won’t need to fight Arusha traffic, leaving you free to focus on exploring.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$155.77
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US$155.77

Waterfall & Coffee Walking Tour

Waterfall & Coffee Walking Tour

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This is an amazing day trip that takes you right into the foothills of Kilimanjaro. You will not only enjoy a scenic drive and jaw dropping views, but learn about a beautiful side of Tanzanian culture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$110.00
Price varies by group size
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US$110.00
Price varies by group size

1-Day Tour to Ngorongoro Crater

1-Day Tour to Ngorongoro Crater

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The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera which hosts varieties of animals includes the rare black Rhino, the best chosen Tanzania day trip you might not miss. We do not have fixed departure dates for this tour, anyone can book and do it any day, all are welcomed, individuals to incentive groups, families and friends.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$385.27
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US$385.27

day trip tarangire

day trip tarangire

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its a budget day tour giving the best chances of spotting wildcats (lions,leopards,cheetahs) you will also see lots of elephants,zebras,giraffes,buffaloes,wildebeest,warthogs,vultures etc and has a great landscape as the view of Tarangire river from the picnic site is beautiful
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$220.00
Price varies by group size
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US$220.00
Price varies by group size
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Lake Manyara Guided Day Tour from Arusha

Lake Manyara Guided Day Tour from Arusha

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Visit Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha on a trip that packs a diverse safari experience into one day of exploring. You’ll have time to search out the park’s tree-climbing lions and spot some of the hundreds of species of birds that live in the park, from the alkaline shores of Lake Manyara itself to forests of fig and mahogany trees.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$307.70
Price varies by group size
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US$307.70
Price varies by group size
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Local food Cooking in Arusha Community

Local food Cooking in Arusha Community

Learn about Tanzania's traditional food culture during this market-to-table, half or full-day cooking workshop in Arusha. Decide on a menu and shop for ingredients in local food stalls, and get an in-depth introduction to Tanzanian dishes and utensils. Then, prepare and enjoy your meal on a reed mat under the leafy shade of banana trees. Hotel transfers are included.
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  • 4 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$143.59
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US$143.59

Arusha City Tour

Arusha City Tour

Visit some of Arusha’s main sites on a walking tour that’s a great way to orient yourself in the city while getting a glimpse of daily life in local neighborhoods. You’ll see the Natural History Museum, independence monuments, the Arusha Central Market, and craft shops that are ideal for picking up unique souvenirs, with a guide to share the stories behind each destination.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.00
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US$72.00

Ngorongoro National Park and Game Drive: Guided Day Tour from Arusha

Ngorongoro National Park and Game Drive: Guided Day Tour from Arusha

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Explore Ngorongoro Crater on a full-day safari tour from Arusha, and spot some of Tanzania’s ‘Big Five’ in a landscape that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. With six hours inside the park, you’ll have plenty of time to search for lions, wildebeest, and other wildlife, including Ngorongoro’s rare black rhinos. This full-day Ngorongoro Crater safari includes hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and a picnic lunch inside the park, and it's the perfect way to see African wildlife on a one-day trip.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$590.00
Price varies by group size
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US$590.00
Price varies by group size
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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

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Venture out to the Ngorongoro Crater and discover its unique landscape on this full-day tour from Arusha. The crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera and is home to a number of species such as lions, elephants, cheetahs, hippos and even the rare black rhino. Spend the day animal watching and admiring the beautiful savannah scenery that surrounds you before heading back to Arusha.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$705.13
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US$705.13

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Day Trip - 1 Day Hike Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Day Trip - 1 Day Hike Kilimanjaro

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You certainly can’t climb Kilimanjaro in a day, but our day tour to this iconic, snow-capped mountain will give you an excellent taster of why Africa’s highest peak is so popular. During the course of the day, we will follow the popular Marangu Route and walk as far as the first hut – the Mandara – where our picnic lunch will be taken. As other trekkers continue upwards, bound for the summit, we will make the descent again and return to Arusha.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$250.00
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US$250.00
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