A long day at the office is making me crave adventure. Nowhere was more exciting than Arusha, Tanzania.
Nestled at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the landscape surrounding Arusha is vibrant and diverse. From dry flatlands to lush mountain jungle, the Arusha region will keep you guessing. Famous for the Serengeti, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, but there is so much culture and life to see.
I was fortunate enough to visit the National Parks, coffee plantations, local schools, churches, centres for injured children and even meet the Bishop of the Diocese of Arusha.
Many tourists go to Arusha as a base for safaris and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. If your time scale permits it, I recommend trying to squeeze in some other stops. There is so much to see, but it will mean leaving the comfort of tourist zones.
I have narrowed it down and here are my top four recommendations
Mt. Kilimanjaro; even if you can’t climb it, there are some magnificent views at local viewing points.
Babati Lake; a serene rest stop in the madness of Arusha
Tarangire National Park; safari on Tarangire was an incredible experience, we were to see lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and one solitary leopard.
Central Market, Arusha; first things first – go with a guide. It is not a safe area. That being said, it is an amazing place to visit. Handmade gifts and local cuisine, a real snap shot of the Tanzanian culture.