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How to Spend 3 Days in Arusha

How to Spend 3 Days in Arusha

Use Arusha as a base camp for exploring Tanzania, and then search for herds of giraffe, hike a trail at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, paddle across hippo territory, and visit a volcanic crater. With three days in Arusha, save one to experience the city’s pulsing energy, diverse cuisine, and colorful markets. Here’s how to plan.

 

Day 1: Arusha National Park

Set out early on a day-long safari, and you could be snapping life-list animal photos an hour after breakfast. While some game reserves limit travelers to safari vehicles, Arusha National Park offers plenty of ways to get out of the car and into the landscape. One active option is a canoe trip in Momella Lakes, an important habitat for hippos, buffaloes, bushbuck, and a wide range of bird species. Walking safaris are another favorite, as the 213-square-mile (552-square-kilometer) park has a maze of hiking trails. Venture to the edge of Ngurdoto Crater, and you find big views of swamp and forest land. Throughout the day, watch for groups of giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions, and monkeys—since Arusha National Park sprawls along the slopes of Mt. Meru, it includes a broad diversity of habitat types and species.

 

Day 2: City Exploring

Now that you’ve seen Tanzania’s wild side, stick around for a day of city culture, natural history, and shopping. Make the first stop of the day Maasai Market Curios and Crafts, where a sprawl of stalls offers a treasure trove of carved masks, beadwork, colorful fabrics, and other Tanzanian handicrafts. Be prepared to bargain, and enjoy the chance to chat with local people. Next, head to the Old Boma Museum to learn about Tanzania’s natural history, from taxidermy big game to preserved plants and insects. Don’t miss an additional wing that’s devoted to Tanzania’s colonial period. After pausing for lunch in a local restaurant, continue to the Cultural Heritage Centre, which gathers high-quality art, craftsmanship, and souvenirs into a gallery-like space. Unlike the Maasai Market, shopping here means fixed prices; this is also a top shopping destination if you’re looking for tanzanite gemstones.

 

Day 3: Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Hiking to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro means a strenuous, week-long adventure, but you can get a taste of Africa’s tallest mountain in a day. Kilimanjaro day hiking tours generally follow the Marangu Route, one of the most beloved and historic routes to the summit. Dress for a day on the trail, and then set out through the lush environment, where trees are thick with moss from frequent mists. On most day hiking tours of Kilimanjaro, your turnaround point is Mandara Hut, a cluster of structures in a forest clearing where long-distance hikers spend the night. The most energetic hikers may have the option to add a side trip to Maundi Crater; clear days at the crater mean views that stretch to Kenya. After a day on the trail, return to Arusha for a well-earned feast of Tanzanian cuisine.

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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

Arusha National Park Guided Day Tour from Arusha

Arusha National Park Guided Day Tour from Arusha

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Hike on the flanks of Mount Meru, spot wildlife, and explore Arusha National Park on a full-day tour from Arusha. With a morning walking safari led by a park ranger and an afternoon game drive, you’ll see the park on foot and on back roads. This full-day Arusha National Park tour includes pickup and drop-off in Arusha, entrance fees, and a guided tour of the park, with the option to add a canoe safari across the Momella Lakes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$333.34
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US$333.34
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Full-Day Safari to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

Full-Day Safari to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

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With lions and elephants in a wild landscape of baobab forests, savannah, and acacias, Tarangire National Park offers a real safari experience within easy driving distance from Arusha. This full-day, guided tour features morning and afternoon game drives and a picnic lunch in the park, with entrance fees, lunch, and door-to-door transportation from Arusha included.
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  • 8 hours
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US$307.70
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US$307.70

Mount Kilimanjaro Short Trek from Arusha

Mount Kilimanjaro Short Trek from Arusha

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Experience Africa’s highest mountain on a Mount Kilimanjaro day hike that follows the Marangu Route to the Mandara Hut. With the option to add a side trip to Maundi Crater, this full-day hiking tour is a great way to hike Kilimanjaro if you’re not tackling the week-long trek to the summit, and it includes convenient pickup and drop-off at Arusha hotels.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$450.00
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US$450.00

Full-Day Trip to Tarangire National Park

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Full-Day Trip to Tarangire National Park

Spot herds of elephants and other wildlife in Tarangire National Park on this full-day tour. Depart from your Arusha hotel with a driver and make your way to the national park. Accompanied by a guide, head into Tarangire National Park. Perhaps you will see lions, pythons, big cats, giraffes, baboons, hippos, and more.
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  • 1 day
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US$348.92
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US$348.92
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US$87.24 savings
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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

Meserani Snake Park Guided Day Tour in Arusha

Meserani Snake Park Guided Day Tour in Arusha

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This full-day tour takes you to three popular attractions in and around Arusha. At Meserani Snake Park, view and learn about reptiles like the black mamba, cobra, crocodiles, and monitor lizards. After lunch and a camel ride, proceed to the Maasai Cultural Village to see traditional living quarters and lifestyle of the Maasai.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$250.00
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US$250.00
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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

Full-Day Safari in Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha

Full-Day Safari in Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha

Immerse yourself in Tanzania’s picturesque scenery on a full-day tour from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park. Traverse the Great Rift Valley, through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu, to reach the lake teeming with wildlife. Observe hippos swimming, lions climbing trees, elephants and zebras grazing, and much more. Enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and admire the beautiful savannah scenery before completing your safari adventure.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$444.00
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US$444.00

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$705.13
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US$705.13

Full Day To Arusha National Park

Full Day To Arusha National Park

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Spot big game and magnificent birdlife on an Arusha National Park safari that’s a convenient way to experience Tanzania wildlife even with limited time. Set on the slopes of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park combines diverse ecosystems in a compact area, and you’ll have the option to add a walking or canoe safari to your time in the park.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$275.65
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