Quick Guide to Arusha

First Impression: Busy, bustling city, it was a bit intense stepping off the bus as there were about 30 safari touts waiting there for tourists. 

Where I stayed: Couch surfing with local guys.  Safari camp.

What to wear: Comfortable light fabric but cover your knees.

What I did: Kilimanjaro view and Marangu Waterfall, 3-day safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. I would definitely recommend Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro but Tarangire was basically empty of animals and we ended up leaving early. Ate Chips Mayai (eggs with fries) and Mishkaki (grilled meat).

Practical tidbits:

-I can’t remember the name of the Safari company I went with but I can recommend my friend’s safari company Unique Pathways and Getaway Adventures. At the time I was there they hadn’t fully established their company but I was fortunate to be able to couch surf at their home and had an incredibly fun time hanging out in Arusha.  They are really fun and kind guys with a ton of energy, if I were to go on safari again I would 100% go with them.  I know they arrange other types of tours in the area as well as trekking excursions.

-Safari is dusty and bumpy, wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes.  Watch your stuff around the monkeys-they are thieves.

-Marangu Waterfall is so so cold. Bring your own snacks and drinks to picnic there.

Off the beaten path: Dancing in Arusha, Marangu Waterfall and Village.

Last Impression/Wishes for “next time”:  Would have stayed in Moshi and tried to see better views of Kilimanjaro and I would like to go to Serengeti.  If I had more time I also would have tried to see Lake Natron.

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