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How to Spend 2 Days in Arusha

How to Spend 2 Days in Arusha

Since big game and spectacular landscapes are a day trip away, Arusha is a great home base for checking out Tanzania’s wild side. With two days in Arusha, you can explore the city’s bustling markets, natural history museum, and cuisine, then head for the forested slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha National Park. Here’s how to plan.

 

Day 1: Art, Crafts, and Community

**Morning:**A trove of tanzanite and other precious gems is on display at the Cultural Heritage Centre, where you can also pick up high-quality art and handicrafts in a gallery-like setting. Don’t miss the excellent collection of African artifacts here; the masks and carvings span countries, cultures, and eras.

**Afternoon:**Community projects are keeping local traditions vibrant—see a project firsthand in the Shanga & Shanga Foundation workshop, which employs Tanzanians with disabilities. Blown glass, weaving, and other beautiful handicrafts by Shanga & Shanga artisans make great souvenirs. In addition to tours, it’s possible to learn the basics of bead design and more here.

**Night:**Pick a local restaurant to seek out some Tanzanian specialties this evening. Multicultural Arusha has a wide range of options, but you should look formandazi, a kind of donut;ndizi kanga, or fried bananas; and hearty plates ofnyama choma, grilled meat with apilli pilli sauce made from peppers.

 

Day 2: Arusha National Park

**Morning:**Since Arusha National Park is 45 minutes from the city, you can experience the wildlife reserve on a full- or half-day tour. Choose a tour with an early departure to make the most of your time in the park, which is known for a magnificent giraffe population. Options include walking safaris, boat trips, and visiting the rim of Ngurdoto Crater.

**Afternoon:**If you’re in Arusha National Park for the entire day, take a break for lunch, then keep exploring: You’ll see different animals at different times, and the late-afternoon light casts dramatic shadows on the slopes of Mount Meru.

**Night:**Back in Arusha for a final dinner, check out one of the city’s excellent Indian restaurants. A thriving local Indian community means plenty of curries and chapati for hungry travelers.

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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
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US$190.00
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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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Tarangire National Park: Guided Day Tour from Arusha

Tarangire National Park: Guided Day Tour from Arusha

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Spend the day exploring the great Tarangire National Park on a guided tour from Arusha. Head deep into the African grasslands to see a number of animal species, like elephants, lions, zebras, and giraffes, roaming around the reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the park and admire the beauty of the savannah before heading back to Arusha.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$220.00
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US$220.00

Waterfall & Coffee Walking Tour

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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$88.00
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6-Day Tanzania Camping Safari: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Cater and Tarangire National Park from Arusha

6-Day Tanzania Camping Safari: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Cater and Tarangire National Park from Arusha

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A Tanzania budget safari doesn’t mean skimping on the sights you came to see. This tour offers five nights of camping in top Tanzania national parks, which not only lets you get closer with the nature you came to see, but also saves you major money as you visit Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and more.
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  • 6 days
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US$1,575.00
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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

Mount Kilimanjaro - Short Trek

Mount Kilimanjaro - Short Trek

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Experience Mount Kilimanjaro without the grueling, multi-day trek on a Kilimanjaro day hike from Arusha that lets you explore Africa’s highest mountain with limited time. You’ll follow the classic Marangu Route to Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch, climbing past the spectacular Maudi Crater rim. Round-trip transport from hotels in Arusha make this a convenient option, saving on travel time so you can enjoy a full day of hiking.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$435.90
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US$435.90

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 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
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US$705.13
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