Arusha, Tanzania’s capital, is a gateway city situated beneath the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro that effortlessly blends its vibrant urban atmosphere with nature’s splendours.

Tanzania’s Gateway City

Arusha offers an opportunity to sample the essence of Tanzania, before heading into the bush. A country known for its rich cultural heritage and remarkable wildlife experiences, the diverse population and fusion of traditions are tangible in this multi-ethnic city. A melting pot where modern developments intertwine with age-old customs, the skyline is adorned with a mix of traditional and contemporary architecture, and the streets bustle with life. Restaurants serve local and international cuisine, and bustling markets are packed with bright-coloured fabrics and handcrafted curios. Arusha welcomes wildlife enthusiasts, curious tourists, and locals to embrace the beauty and energy that emanates from its every corner.

A base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbers and safari enthusiasts

Arusha offers easy access to Tanzania’s national parks and is a good place to spend a few days pre- or post-safari. A popular base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbers who prepare for the hike here. Safari enthusiasts, thanks to its location in the Great Rift Valley, can easily connect from Arusha to the bountiful Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara. The Arusha National Park offers an introduction to the world of safari, although it does not have nearly the same variety of wildlife as the country’s top nature reserves. Arusha’s rural charm is amplified by the many coffee plantations that surround the town, many with graceful plantation houses. For those seeking a deeper understanding of Tanzania’s cultural heritage, the Maasai Market and Cultural Heritage Center offer a glimpse into the traditions, art, and craftsmanship of the local communities.


Arusha’s range of accommodation options includes luxury hotels, charming city lodges on coffee plantations, offering city stays and more rural settings, all with convenient access to the city's attractions and two airports - Arusha (ARK) Airport and Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).