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THE 5 BEST Arusha Waterfalls

The 5 Best Arusha Waterfalls

This excursion is best suited for friends of hiking. The waterfalls are located just below the border of Arusha National Park, on the slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Meru. The river has carved itself a deep and narrow valley, on whose steep slopes the original rainforest with monkeys and birds has remained almost untouched by human hands.

A spring of crystal clear mountain water lies above the waterfall and is the drinking water supply for the University of the Tanzania People’s Defence Force in Monduli, ca. 30km away. The hike offers varied impressions and is highly recommended

You will start in Arusha city and experience modern Tanzanian city life, but when the path eventually starts to get steeper and you ascend towards the waterfalls and Mount Meru, the scenery changes and you experience a more rural lifestyle with mud huts, farming and animal husbandry. During the tour your guide will give you insights into the daily life of the farmers, far away from the usual tourist paths.

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.

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