City

Arusha

Safari capital of Tanzania, gateway to Africa's majestic wildlife.

Tanzania
Location
554,397
Population
1,400 m
Altitude

About Arusha

Arusha is a vibrant city in northern Tanzania, renowned as the safari capital due to its proximity to some of the world's most famous national parks and reserves, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park. Nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha's moderate climate and rich cultural heritage make it a fa...

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Perfect for safaris and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or Meru.
June - October
December - February
High Season
Ideal for safaris with dry weather making wildlife easier to spot.
March - May
Low Season
Wet season with heavy rains, fewer tourists, and lush landscapes.
November - March
Shoulder Season
Short rains, fewer tourists, making it a good time for bird watching.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Arusha is generally safe for tourists, with usual precautions advised. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid are recommended, alongside malaria prophylaxis.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The city is a major tourist hub, easily reachable by road from Nairobi or via flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport, followed by a short drive
Getting Around
Local taxis, buses, and tour company vehicles are the main modes of transport within Arusha and to nearby attractions.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania can obtain a visa on arrival or an eVisa online before travel. Those climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting national parks should ensure their visa covers the duration of their stay.
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