Arusha City

Set in the foothills of Mount Meru, the bustling city of Arusha often serves as the starting point for safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park.

Sometimes known as the Geneva of Africa, due to its role as an international diplomatic hub, hosting the East African Community and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha pulsates with the sounds and sights of Africa, holding a chequered past that is reflected in its eclectic mix of urban and rural landscapes.

Coffee is Tanzania’s largest export crop and the hilly landscape around Arusha boasts some of the largest and most productive coffee plantations in East Africa.

Activities/Visits/Excursions:

  • Village tour
  • Cultural tour of Ngiresi, Tengeru, Ilkidinga
  • Coffee tour
  • Horse riding
  • Nature tour with a visit to Lake Duluti where you can walk, bike and canoe
  • Tanzanite Experience Museum
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • National Natural History Museum
  • Shop at the Maasai Market
  • Visit the Maasai Women Fair Trade Centre
  • Visit the Cultural Heritage Centre
  • Visit the Maasai Tribe

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is located a few kilometres from Arusha and is the perfect day trip. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim.

 Best time to visit: from June to March, but the rest of the year is just as good

Activities/Visits/Excursions:

  • Game drives
  • Canoeing
  • Walking safaris
  • Mt Meru climb
  • Biking
  • Picnic sights

Mount Meru

Known by the Maasai as Ol Doinyo Orok, meaning the ‘black mountain’, Mount Meru dominates Arusha, the national park and surrounding countryside. Mount Meru is Africa’s fifth highest mountain (4,565 meters) and offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, Kilimanjaro.

Best time to climb Mount Meru: June-February although it may rain in November.
Best views of Kilimanjaro: December – February.

Activities/Visits/Excursions:

  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Kilimanjaro

Standing vigil over Tanzania’s untamed landscapes, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain hails mountaineers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world.

Mt Kilimanjaro ascends above the clouds, standing at an impressive 5,895 meters (19,340 feet), offering an array of diverse habitats such as lush montane forests and an alpine desert, which concede to sparkling vistas of ice and snow.

There’s much more to Kilimanjaro than the great volcanic mountain – the area inhabits spectacular species of wildlife including leopard, elephant, buffalo, and Abbot’s Duiker.

If you want to climb with the best and have a flawless trekking experience, book with Nature Discovery today. Booking is essential and our tours are popular, so contact us now to avoid disappointment.

Best time to visit: from June to March

Activities/Visits/Excursions:

  • Camping 5 – 12 nights
  • Mountain climbing
  • Hiking – Shira day trip with a qualified guide

Including:

  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching

Book your safari

Nature Discovery holds a privileged position among safari outfitters, offering 30 years of expertise as a fully licensed tour operator running photographic wildlife safaris and treks in Tanzania.

All of our trips are custom designed and we take your interests and budget into account while planning your trip.

Email us to discuss ideas and to get a quotation.

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Wow – five stars hardly tells the story of the outstanding experience we had using Nature Discovery as our safari expert. I was amongst 23 professional women from the US, Europe and Asia and we had the experience of a lifetime. This is largely due to Nature Discovery’s extremely well thought out game plan of where, when and why, and impeccably organized and delivered service. Four different safari parks, two days in the bush with the local Massai tribe, a coffee plantation, several unique but spectacular camp accommodations, and outstanding guides (4 jeeps and 4 guides) made for a blow your mind experience overall. As I said on facebook – I went for the animals (which were spectacular), but I fell in love with the people. A wonderful outcome thanks to Nature Discovery. I / we can’t wait to come back!

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