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Escape the chaos of Arusha town for a half-day retreat into nature’s embrace. Behold the majestic Mount Meru casting its shadow over the bustling town below, beckoning adventurers to explore its slopes. Nestled within the enchanting natural reserve of Mt. Meru awaits the serene beauty of Napuru waterfall, a hidden gem awaiting discovery amidst the verdant landscape. Embark on a short hike to rejuvenate your spirit and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this captivating sanctuary.

In addition to the breathtaking scenery and captivating Napuru waterfall, this sanctuary provides an ideal setting for birdwatching enthusiasts to indulge in their passion. As you traverse the trails, keep a keen eye and ear out for the diverse avian species that inhabit this lush landscape. From colorful songbirds darting among the branches to majestic raptors soaring overhead, each sighting offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of birdlife found here. Moreover, the presence of local communities, including the Maasai, adds a cultural dimension to your experience, providing opportunities for meaningful interactions and insights into traditional ways of life intertwined with the natural environment.


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Following breakfast, you’ll be collected from your accommodation and transported to the entrance gate of the natural reserve. There, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, your journey commences with a scenic hike through banana plantations and local villages. Though the hike spans approximately 45 minutes, it presents moderate difficulty; however, no specialized hiking skills or prior preparation are required. Upon reaching the picturesque waterfalls, take a moment to bask in their beauty before pausing for a refreshing lunch amidst the tranquility of nature. Following this serene interlude, you’ll trek back to the entrance gate and then embark on the return journey to Arusha, concluding your memorable day immersed in the wonders of the natural world.

Tanzania Safari FAQ's

Can you get money out in Arusha?

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.

Is Arusha safe for tourists?

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.

Is Arusha worth visiting?

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. 

What is Arusha known for?

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

Can you see Kilimanjaro from Arusha?

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

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