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Arusha Cultural Tours

Welcome to the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Arusha, nestled in the heart of Tanzania. Arusha is more than just a gateway to the country’s stunning national parks and wildlife adventures. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of Tanzanian culture and get to know the warm and welcoming people who call this city home.

Arusha, often referred to as the “Safari Capital of the World,” is a bustling city located in the northern part of Tanzania. It’s surrounded by some of Africa’s most renowned national parks, making it a hub for tourists and adventurers. However, Arusha has its own unique charm and allure, especially when it comes to experiencing the local culture.

Arusha FAQ's - Arusha Safaris

There are some Bureaus de Change in Arusha clustered around the Clock Tower, and some ATMs in the city centre. It is a good idea to stop by these before your safari to take out some notes. There are not many other options during the Northern Circuit and it is good to have cash to buy souvenirs or tip drivers and guides. 

Arusha is relatively safe for tourists, but it is wise not to wear too much jewellery. The risk increases at night, and we do not recommend walking the streets after dark. 

But in general, the city is known for its welcoming atmosphere, and the people are very pleased to have such a thriving tourism economy, meaning the locals treat tourists well. 

We recommend that you travel the city by taxi since dala dalas (small minibuses) and bajajis (tuk-tuks) are more dangerous. A taxi ride across town should not cost more than $2.50.

On the one hand, you must visit Arusha on any trip to Tanzania – this is the starting point for some of Tanzania’s most famous sites, including Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. 

So, should you stay more than one night in Arusha? There is certainly plenty to do in the town – from cultural programmes, to museums, to shopping to day trips – there is enough to spend at least two days. 

If you already have a full itinerary, including hiking, safaris, and beach work in Zanzibar, then perhaps it is best to only stay one night in one of Arusha’s attractive plantation guesthouses. 

Arusha is known for being the safari capital of Tanzania, and a popular stopover for adventurers who are preparing for a Kilimanjaro trek.

No, you cannot see Kilimanjaro from Arusha. Mt Kilimanjaro is situated 82.6km away from Arusha.

The Culture of Arusha People

Arusha is a melting pot of cultures, and its people are a testament to Tanzania's rich ethnic diversity. Here, you'll encounter a captivating blend of ethnic groups, languages, and traditions. The most dominant tribes in Arusha are the Arusha and Meru, but you'll also find communities of Chaga, Maasai, and many more. This cultural fusion creates a unique and harmonious coexistence that is both fascinating and inspiring to explore.

Arusha airport transfers to Maasai Village

The Most Dominant Tribe in Arusha

The Maasai and Meru people are the primary inhabitants of the region. The Arusha people are known for their rich heritage and distinctive language. They traditionally practiced agriculture and cattle herding and had a structured social system. The Meru, on the other hand, have a vibrant cultural history, with strong roots in storytelling, music, and dance. Both tribes have made significant contributions to the cultural tapestry of Arusha.

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