Arusha Journals

Tanzanian Safari

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A travel journal to Arusha by JFSebastian

Elephant in Front of Kilimanjaro Photo, Arusha, Tanzania More Photos
Quote: If you're interested in going on a safari to East Africa, Tanzania is the place to go. With Kilimanjaro, Olduvai Gorge, and the bulk of the Sarengeti Plains at your disposal, Tanzania is a must-see destination.

Tanzanian Safari

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Overview

Elephant in Front of Kilimanjaro Photo, Arusha, Tanzania
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If you've always wanted to go on a safari in Africa, northern Tanzania is the place you've probably been dreaming of. Arusha is lively town with a maze-like central market, great Indian food, and a number of nice hotels to meet all budgets. The best part of Arusha, however, is that it's a great base from which to see the sights of northern Tanzania. The must see places are the Sarengeti Plains, Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro Crater. Between the three you'll get your fix of wildlife, spectacular scenery, and... crowds. I'd balance with some other less-traveled gems: Arusha National Park is home to Mount Meru, one of the most dramatic volcanoes around; Lake Mayara National Park is packed with wil...Read More

Khans Grill

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Restaurant

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Head to Khans in the day and you'll see an auto repair shop, head there at night and you'll see that the grills have been rolled out and the coals are warming. Soon thereafter the chicken and other goodies get tossed on and the party begins. Prepare to eat a lot of wonderfully spicy grilled foods. Prepare to get messy. And prepare to pay the price the day after. You'll be glad you did.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Khans Grill
Barabara ya Msikiti
Arusha, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

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Attraction | "Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route"

Mount Kilimanjaro Photo, Tanzania, Africa
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If you're dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro, the Marangu Route is by far the most painless way to go about it. Although it is somewhat derisively known as the 'Tourist Route', it offers a great chance to see fantastic sights and wildlife while ascending one of the world's highest hikable summits. Plus, you can spend your nights in truly comfortable huts along the way, making the whole experience feel rather refined. The highlight of the route is, of course, getting to the summit, but there is also fantastic scenery, amazing cloud patterns to watch, and great wildlife (we saw Blue monkeys, eland, jackals, etc...). Overall the route is not difficult, and can be made easier by hiring porters to do mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania, Africa

Mount Meru

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Attraction | "Mount Meru - the best view around"

Mount Meru Photo, Arusha, Tanzania
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Mount Meru has some of the best scenery of any mountain anywhere. Watching the sun rise over Kilimanjaro from the summit of Meru is more spectacular than anything you'll see on Kilimanjaro itself. Strangely, Meru is often billed as a warm-up for Kilimanjaro, which I guess it could be, but I actually think its a better overall climb. Sure, you're not climbing the highest mountain in Africa, but you're still scaling a 15'000 foot volcano with a central crater that contains some of the highest cliffs on the continent (its a 4'000 foot leap from the summit to the floor of the interior crater). The climb is also much less popular than Kilimanjaro, which gives more of a wilderness feel to the hike....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Mount Meru
Arusha National Park
Arusha, Tanzania

The Arusha Market

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Attraction

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If you're looking for a good African shopping experience, head to the market in Arusha. Don't get lured into one of the alleys filled with tourist kiosks and convince yourself that you're seeing the real thing. If you're not wading through rotting veggies, you're not in the right place. You can buy just about anything at this market, including great fruit and veggies if you're craving something fresh. It's also a good place to pick up tire-tread sandals if you're craving a pair.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

The Arusha Market
central Arusha
Arusha, Tanzania

Climb Oldoinyo Lengai

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Attraction | "Tired of dormant volcanoes? Climb Oldoinyo Lengai"

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Unknown to most of the world is Oldoinyo Lengai, a 10,000 foot active volcano in the northern reaches of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the shores of Lake Natron. It's a spectacular conical mountain that periodically vents steam and ash and is reportedly due for a real eruption any time. The climb is relatively straightforward, but has absolutely no shade and is hellishly steep. It’s a good climb to do in the dark in order to avoid heat stroke. The summit has a fantastic view across the rift valley and also is home to a really cool volcanic crater that spews all sorts of volcanic debris. Conditions in the crater are ever changing, so use caution before heading down into it. The crust is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2000

Climb Oldoinyo Lengai
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Arusha, Tanzania