The small town of Arusha is an hour or less from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and is the stepping stone into Tanzania’s Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti). Arusha has its own regional airport that flies directly to popular destinations like the Serengeti and Zanzibar. It is a quaint little town, but there’s little more than a few museums and galleries in terms of local activities, which is why we wouldn’t recommend it for more than a night. However, visits to Arusha National Park or the Jifundishe community library are great ways to spend an afternoon if you have time to spare.
Even though Moshi is more conveniently located to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s base, we prefer (and highly recommend) a night of recuperation in Arusha for Kili climbers.
Our favorite accommodations in Arusha
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Lake Duluti Lodge
Manes & Plains: Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
Explore the Serengeti’s Big Cat Country and Majesty of Ngorongoro
Explore Northern Tanzania
Breathtaking Scenery and a Mobile Camp in the Serengeti
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Conquering Africa’s Highest Summit
Tanzania-the Ultimate Luxury Safari
Big game, the migration, and authentic cultural interactions from some of Tanzania’s most polished lodges
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