Things to do in Arusha

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Things to Do in Arusha

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  • erika06_13
    Tokyo, Japan39 contributions
    私の担当だったallyさんは、タンザナイトの採掘の歴史や価値について丁寧に説明してくれました。私はタンザナイトを買うためにタンザナイトエクスペリエンスを訪れましたが、Allyさんは沢山のタンザナイトの中から自分に最適な石を選択してくれたので、とても満足しています。タンザナイトの石を購入すると2日程度でリングやネックレスにしてくれます。私はとても忙しかったのですが、Allyさんはとてもフレキシブルに対応してくれて、非常に助かりました。ぜひまた訪れたいです!!
    Ally, who was in charge of me, carefully explained the history of tanzanite mining and its value. I visited Tanzanite Experience to buy tanzanite, and Ally helped me choose the best stone for me among many tanzanites. When you buy a tanzanite stone, they will make it into a ring or necklace in about 2 days. I was very busy but Ally was very flexible and extremely helpful.I would definitely visit again. Thank you so much!
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Jonas
    Stuttgart, Germany135 contributions
    You can go shopping here if you have one day in Arusha and missed buying souvenirs so far. The prices are slightly higher then anywhere else but you support the local community and the quality of the products is good.
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • Sally K
    4 contributions
    This is one of the most magical places I've ever visited. The crater is a haven for some of the most rare animals in the world. We were exceptionally fortunate and saw black rhino, lions, hippos, zebras and many more in a day visit from Arusha. It's not cheap - but it is well worth splashing out on a visit to this bit of paradise.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Julianna J
    Warsaw, Poland9 contributions
    I decided to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai spontaneously as I found out it is the only active volcano ( I'm a volcano freak) and gives you opportunity to see the lava inside. I convinced my friend to go together so we traveled by his car ( we did not take 4 wheel which resulted in a broken exaust fixed with tape but local Masaii :D ). We found the tent to stay at Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge which is a lovely camping spot with great owners.As we arrived, at campsite we found the Masai guide Peter with whom we were supposed to climb at night. We were SUPPOSED to, as once at night we reached the base, it was pouring rain and storm so there was no chance to climb in these conditions, we spent about hour waiting for the rain to stop nothing.... We came back at camping site tired and a little bit discouraged. We were plaanning to come back home next day but the guide convinced us to try to climb during the day. So we set off! My friend resigned after 20 mins though ( he was not that much into climbing it either). I stayed with a guide - it was quite hard from the beggining because of the heat but it was definitely doable during first two hours. After that the steeper part start. I acutally found out it is the hardest climb of Tanzania during the hike ( the guide traveled quite a lot in Africa and says its among two hardest climb he has ever done in his life). I was very much motivated to climb it but after 3 hours I was slowly getting discouraged, I was very tired ( not slept much night before) and my body was starting to feel weak. Guide Peter was very encouraging though and supportive. The worst part was 1 hours before the summit - it is the steepest part, I would never belive I could climb something like that but for me the most scary part was the descent - when I imagined that we will be descending at night I started to freak out, I started to cry asking the guide to come back. Peter is an amazing guide, instead of agreeing, he said " you're a strong girl, I knwo you can do it", he grabbed my hand and started to guide me through the steepest part of the climb. In tears I managed to reach the summit and I started to cry but this time from the happinness. The crater, the views, the sunset, the lava lake at night - was unforgettable but the most was the feeling of achieveing something so hard. I'll never forget that rewarding feeling which was worth all this effort.
    Although Peter the guide was also descending it at night for the first time, descending at night was not a bad idea - as you don;t see the whole surface and how steep it is, you just focus on your next step which helps you to descend. I was never so exausted during my whole life but thanks I made it to the top I had power to go down.
    I love hiking but I was totally unprepared for it and never did such a difficult climb but what turns out - climbing it is in your head, I heard so many stories that people in a great shape were turning back, it is really in your head and the support of your guide which helps you make it. I really recommend it as unforgettable experience but of course - please take it seriously. Bring a lot of water, some warm clothes for a top ( I was very lucky that Peter the guide brought me some gloves and hat) . I also recommend to go Pole Pole ( slowly) during the day we started to climb at 12 30 pm which is a little bit too late in my opinion and we were rushing a little bit for a sunset ( the climb up took us 6 hours and descent 5 hours). Climbing during the day is really not bad if you can stand some heat ( remember about sunscreen and the hat).
    I loved it, despite the fact the guide saw all the faces of mine and I was so angry sometimes during it, it really influenced my personality somehow,.
    "If you climb this mountain, you can do everything"
    " Climbing Kilimanjaro is like a walk in the forest comparing to this one"

    This is what I heard after the climb. It is a magical place and can turn out into a life-changing experience.
    Written 31 January 2021
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  • Marcy M
    3 contributions
    We stayed at the school for almost a week. Accommodations were so comfortable and clean, food was plentiful and good, hospitality outstanding. This school is doing remarkable things for high poverty students and making a huge difference in their lives as well as their communities, the country, and the world. Our Rotary Club is proud of supporting the school and sponsoring students there. Definitely an inspirational and rewarding experience!
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • pablucho35
    Savannah, GA90 contributions
    It was an interesting place to visit during our free day in Arusha. After having spent several days in the Serengeti though, we would not have missed this place had we not gone. The guide was friendly, and he even fed the crocodiles during our guided tour! It costs $20 for foreigners, it was a bit expensive.
    Written 2 September 2019
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  • GalaxyTours
    Arusha, Tanzania3 contributions
    Very Good place to Enjoy with friends, it's Realy Good For sure Because does not brings only canoeing, but also other activities like Bird Watching, biking, hiking, Foods and beverages, Pub and so on. Keep it up Service men!

    Welcome Dear friends from different parties
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • BambiLaFawn
    Orlando, FL292 contributions
    I go to this place every time I am in Arusha. A perfect place to buy souvenirs of all sorts. I was with a group from Mama Kuku Travel and everyone was able to buy something from the various vendors. The only downside is that it is high pressure from everyone selling their wares. I’d love to stroll around and take my time, but the constant badgering by the vendors make me want to hurry and not buy all I would have otherwise.
    Written 25 December 2021
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  • Bidule05
    France778 contributions
    From our camp close to Natron lake, we hiked to Ngare Sero waterfall with an excellent Masai guide, who spoke English fluently.
    This is a sportive trail (5 km return trail, by the same path); our guide recommended us to have shoes that we could wear in the water. In fact, we hiked along the river on a steep and stony path and several times we had to walk in the river bed (sometimes with water up to our knees).
    On arrival, we saw the beautiful Ngare Sero waterfall, flowing into a natural swimming pool of crystalline and transparent color, in which we swam down with great pleasure !!!
    Our guide climbed the walls of the canyon to show us and pluck a branch of a quinine tree (Cinchona pubescens) and of other trees, in order to explain its medicinal properties to us.

    An interesting hike!!!
    Written 28 May 2021
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  • Venugopal S
    8 contributions
    Lot of changes in AIM MALL in three years. Some new shops with new offerings. Minimore is the best among them. All kind of restaurents from Chinese , Pizas, burger, to Indian food variety. Movie Hall is spacious and offers all the new releases. Entertainment for kids and adult alike. Banking facilities to SPA . A complete Mall for Arusha with none to compete
    Written 4 March 2020
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  • artzero
    291 contributions
    Our hotel taxi driver suggested the Napuru waterfall (I compared the photos, I think Napuru waterfall IS Mt Meru waterfall, maybe Napuru is how the fall is known to the locals?) on the slope of Mt Meru. The whole short trip was absolutely memorable. The drive from the city center itself is so beautiful and unique (you'll get to see a side of Arusha that most people do not get to see). The picnic area at the entrance is tranquil and lovely. Our guide Issa that we hired from the entrance is one of the nicest most sincere and absolutely capable guides I have met on the trip.

    Getting to the waterfall requires some skills and stamina. I went in mid July when the steep slope was still somewhat wet, muddy, and therefore very slippery. I was not sure if I was able to go down safely even with my hiking boots. Issa was so amazing in helping me descend safely. He was fantastic to playing his foot in a position to make sure that I would not slip. He offered his very strong and steady hand all the way down.

    Once down the slope we had to walk through the beautiful Themi River valley. The view was gorgeous and the water was clear and beautiful. We went on a weekday afternoon so we were the only ones there. The waterfall is hidden so when it all of a sudden came into view it was such a lovely surprise! The waterfall area is small. Going on a weekday is highly recommended to avoid the crowd.

    As another reviewer noted, walking up and down the slope requires a certain level of fitness and stamina. If you have knee or back problem I would recommend to skip this sight. Otherwise, it is so worth the trip!! The steep descent makes the view even more memorable.

    I would not go during the rainy season as the slope would be super wet and slippery.
    Written 16 July 2021
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  • lkis229
    Southington, CT511 contributions
    We took a canoe out on the lake and saw many animals, like giraffes and hippos floating in the water. We also saw multiple different kinds of birds and just being on the water on a hot day was very enjoyable. Definitely worth the trip. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and told some amazing and interesting stories.
    Written 17 October 2019
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  • Liesel81
    Gaborone, Botswana623 contributions
    The Building is definitely historical and has different sections but the maintaince of the building and exhibitions could do with some more investment/upkeep.

    The photography exhibition on the tribes and the wildlife is extensive. Its a good introduction of the different tribes in Tanzania. The natural history museum section is cool to see but its a bit cramped together.

    Overall its a good place to go to get some overview. I did however feel that the area dealing with colonial history seemed to represent a one sided sentiment - the positivity of colonialism.
    Written 22 January 2021
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  • Keith
    Brentwood, CA6 contributions
    We were taken to a typical village and experienced how people live on very little and our able to survive day by day on their ingenuity.
    Written 7 August 2018
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  • Jakob H
    Zanzibar Island, Tanzania43 contributions
    This place is a piece of heaven, and the owner and his staff is giving a service which is very authentic, genuine and very high quality.
    I have been to this place more then 10 times, and I always go there with my family and friends.
    The property itself is very picturesque with an amazing garden, and this time we was there the owner showed us a butterfly park which he is preparing as I am writing this review. The gardens are amazing with a huge variety of plants ,flowers and trees scattered around the idyllic property and the 7 acre property which has a waterfall situated about 2 kilometers from the building.
    There is plenty of wildlife and birds around and you can get a 100% feel of how people live here in symbiosis with their beatiful surroundings
    When I visit a place like this, where the owner and his team is so dedicated to their work, I feel it as an obligation to write a good review.
    The food and drinks are of very high standard of Swahili cuisine, simple but well prepared. The majority of vegetables are grown on the property.
    Five stars to this place.
    A must visit when coming to Arusha!!!!
    Written 11 November 2020
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