Arguably the Safari Capital of East Africa, Arusha is a bustling city in northern Tanzania and the main hub for those who are going to be embarking on a safari in this extensively game rich country.

Located right on the cusp of some of Africa’s most famous national parks and in the shadows of two fantastic peaks, the city draws in thousands of tourists annually and is rich in a multicultural buzz of individuals thriving in this modern Africa. Kilimanjaro International Airport is your introduction to the country and serves as a hub for charter flights to safari destinations in the region. Arusha Airport is a smaller domestic airport that allows for a more efficient transfer of travellers to their safari destinations.

Spending time in this city is not the best use of your holiday but it can be quite an interesting viewpoint to the change that has occurred in Africa in recent years. If you do have a few hours to kill before or after your safari, you could visit the Museum of Natural History which offers insight into the country’s history, geography, flora and fauna and can be quite an interesting experience. The Cultural Centre has a variety of typically traditional carvings, gemstones and artefacts that help to summarise the past and present lives of over 120 Tanzanian tribes and is paired well the Maasai Market where you can get some wonderful souvenirs.

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