Arusha lies in the shadow of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak. The town can be reached via two airports: Arusha Airport (domestic flights) and Kilimanjaro International Airport (an hour to an hour and a half’s drive away). This easy access makes Arusha the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit, and a popular start or endpoint on a Tanzania safari.

Arusha lies at an altitude of around 1,500m, giving it a pleasant, temperate climate. Surrounding the town are rolling green farmland and coffee plantations, which is where you’ll find our favourite luxury lodges. Tucked away on lush coffee estates, these lodges are a fantastic place to relax and recharge after a long international flight or those early morning safari starts.

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Highlights in Arusha

  • Gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit
  • Easy access via two airports
  • Stay on a working coffee plantation
  • Go on safari in nearby Arusha National Park
  • Views of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak
  • Temperate climate

Featured Accommodation

Legendary Lodge

Legendary Lodge lies about a 15-minute drive from Arusha Airport. The lodge has 12 colonial-style cottages, including two family cottages, in the tree-filled grounds of a working coffee farm. Each cottage has a separate lounge with a fireplace, and a private verandah facing out towards Mount Meru. Enjoy a massage…

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Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a welcome retreat after a long international flight or the dust and excitement of an East Africa safari. Tucked away in beautiful grounds on one of Tanzania’s largest coffee estates, the 30 spacious wooden chalets each have a split-level bedroom and living area with a fireplace….

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Featured Tours in ArushaDiscover our tailor-made tours

Tanzania Migration & Island

A 5-star safari and beach vacation, this East Africa itinerary takes you to northern Tanzania’s top reserves. Experience the rim-side setting of the opulent Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and an exciting safari in Singita’s Serengeti reserve. Then unwind with a wonderfully relaxing week at an exclusive resort on Zanzibar Island….

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Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons…

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is game-viewing gone crazy: A safari in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro area promises Big 5, Masaai herdsmen and a wildlife spectacle.

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Serengeti – Singita Grumeti

Situated next to the Serengeti National Park, the reserve was created to protect Tanzania’s wildebeest migration path. With 350,000 acres of wilderness, Singita Grumeti is a lush ecosystem that’s home to a large diversity of animals. It’s low impact tourism mixed with luxury lodges. The Great Migration in Tanzania is an…

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Serengeti Western Corridor

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When the annual Great Migration is underway, the Serengeti comes alive. Predators hunt their prey; and wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles move to new grazing grounds. The Southern Serengeti is the most accessible area of the park and makes up a third of it.
It’s classic savannah landscapes – busy in peak…

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