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Arusha on a budget

As someone who loves to travel but is always on a budget, I know how challenging it can be to plan a trip to a new destination without breaking the bank. That’s why I wanted to share my recent experience of traveling to Arusha, Tanzania, on a budget.

Arusha is a beautiful destination that is popular among tourists for its stunning landscapes, national parks, and vibrant culture. However, traveling to Arusha on a budget can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with the local customs and ways of life. 

But with a bit of planning and some insider knowledge, you can make the most of your Arusha adventure without spending a fortune.

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.

Here are 15 cheap travel tips to help you make the most of your Arusha adventure without breaking the bank:

Traveling during the low season can save you a lot of money on accommodation and tours. Public transportation is affordable and can help you get around the city and nearby attractions without breaking the bank. Staying in hostels or budget guesthouses is an excellent way to save money and experience the local culture. Shopping at local markets and eating local food is not only more authentic but also more affordable than eating at restaurants that cater to tourists.

Walking or biking instead of taking taxis is a great way to explore the city and save money on transportation costs. Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices when buying souvenirs or taking tours, as it’s a common practice in Arusha. Visiting free attractions and using water refill stations are other great ways to save money.

Booking tours in advance can help you get better deals and avoid last-minute price hikes. Avoiding tourist traps and exploring hidden gems can help you save money and have a more authentic experience. Using cash instead of credit cards and staying in one place for a longer period can also help you save money on your trip. Finally, cooking your own meals and taking advantage of free activities are other great ways to save money.

In conclusion, traveling to Arusha on a budget is possible with a bit of planning and some insider knowledge. By following these 15 cheap travel tips, you can make the most of your Arusha adventure without breaking the bank. Happy travels!


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