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Top things to do in Arusha, Tanzania

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Tanzania’s Arusha region is conveniently situated near to the iconic Serengeti National Park, one of Africa’s sacred gems.

It’s used by many as a starting point for those heading out to visit a host of Africa’s main attractions, such as Kilimanjaro and Meru.

However, the city itself has some sites of its own well worth exploring, and this article highlights the most interesting ones-whether you’re just passing through or if you’re planning on sticking around for a while.Mount Meru

Rent a bike

While this may not seem like the most exhilarating escapade on the face of it, a bike is the perfect mode of transport to navigate around Arusha, as it allows you to peacefully observe the many tribes that coexist in the region.

A bike ride around the villages- either by yourself or as part of a cultural Africa tour- can really broaden the mind and expand your knowledge of African tribal culture.Tanzania

Ngorongoro conservation area

National Park trips have traditionally been expensive to tourists visiting Africa but with safari vacation specialists like Tanzania Odyssey offering a range of packages to suit all budgets and tastes, a trip today won’t break the bank.

The Ngorongoro conservation is now cheaper to visit and far more accessible than ever before. The area serves as the ideal destination to experience breathtaking sunsets and sunrises while camping in the great outdoors.

Even if you’re visiting Arusha for a limited time, make a visit to Ngorongoro a priority.Road to Arusha

Tanzanite experience

Africa is famous for its diamond mines, and among the beautiful stones that can be found in this materially rich continent is tanzanite.

Many shops in Arusha sell tanzanite stone, which is sourced from the nearby Kilimanjaro area. However, the tanzanite experience offers a museum tour which allows you to discover more about the origins of this precious stone- a great educational trip.

Cultural heritage centre

This is your go-to place if you’re hoping to purchase gifts to take home to friends and family. The Cultural Heritage Centre boasts an array of exotic souvenirs in a relaxed atmosphere.

However, prices here can be slightly higher than elsewhere, so be sure not to pay over the odds for your purchases.mjc-100408-1666

National natural history museum

If you’re interested in archaeology, this is the perfect place to feed your passion. The Natural History Museum in Arusha is home to several artefacts and information regarding the evolution of the human race.

The museum is located in an old German fortified living compound which dates back to 1900, and it offers a truly unique experience.

Maasai women fair trade centre

The MWEDO (Maasai Women Development Organisation) was founded in order to support craft makers in Tanzania, who sell high-quality products to fund local education.

They currently run a series of projects in Arusha in a bid to develop the community for the benefit of its citizens, ensuring the local area remains a safe, warm and welcoming place to visit.Arusha, Tanzania

Photo Credit: (1) Mount Meru by Roman Boed; (2) Tanzania by Neiljs; (3) Road to Arusha by Ronald Woan; (4) Tanzanite Stone by Melanie Cook; (5) Maasai Woman in Arusha by Myjolnyr

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