Arusha is a small bustling town in the shadow of Mount Meru.
It is not greatly attractive but it is colourful, bursting with life, and a good introduction to Tanzania's northern circuit.
There are small but good restaurants, some excellent curio shops and striking countryside around the town. Possibly the first thing that you will notice though, are the number of Maasai in their bold red garments. You will see Maasai herding cattle, riding bicycles, selling intricate beadwork and going about their daily life. Then, there are numerous roadsides stalls where women sell bunches of bright green bananas and roast cassava, small thatched huts with children flying in and out in school uniform. Rainbow coloured buses, goats, cows and chickens are all over the road in no particular order.
Arusha is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Up in the hills there are numerous flower farms and hundreds of coffee plantations. Crystal clear streams tumble from the mountain tops, villagers plough fields with oxen and the air is crisp and clear. In the midst of the coffee plantations, old homesteads perch atop hills with spectacular views. Many, whilst still working farms, have built guest cottages.
These coffee plantations are the perfect place to stay for your first night in Tanzania. You can relax in the gardens, ramble in the foothills and always enjoy a fresh cup of coffee straight from the farm with your breakfast in the morning.
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Places near Arusha
- West Kilimanjaro 42 miles away
- Mount Kilimanjaro 51 miles away
- Lake Manyara National Park 62 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 66 miles away
- Ol Doinyo Lengai 69 miles away
- Karatu 71 miles away
- Lake Natron 85 miles away
- Ngorongoro Crater 86 miles away
- Northern Tanzania 86 miles away
- Lake Eyasi 113 miles away
- Serengeti National Park 154 miles away
- Tanzania's Swahili Coast 215 miles away
- Saadani 228 miles away
- Bagamoyo 262 miles away
- Mikumi National Park 270 miles away
- Nyerere National Park 298 miles away
- Dar es Salaam 298 miles away
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