Day Trips from Arusha

Arusha Day Trips

For those arriving into Tanzania from Australia or America, or from any time zones that are several hours ahead or behind, or from anywhere that requires several plane changes, an intelligent strategy is to allow a day or two’s leisure in Arusha prior to your climb. The reasons for this are:

  • Around 1 in 7 people have their luggage delayed. Most delayed luggage arrives 24 hours after it’s supposed to. (Delays are most usually caused by short intervals between connecting flights).
  • Prolonged airline travel tends to dehydrate and tire people. This adversely affects the body's ability to acclimatise. Having a day at leisure allows rehydration and revitalisation.
  • A day getting used to Arusha’s elevation (around 1,450m) and the dry air, helps with adaptation to Kilimanjaro.
  • Those who do not have time to go on safari after their climb often appreciate the opportunity to see a little of the local (non-alpine) environment and culture.

Other than safaris, there are several day-trip options available to be enjoyed from Arusha. We briefly summarise the seven most popular options below.

Arusha Town Tour

This is a popular day trip, requiring only some three hours and little or no transport. Those interested to see the main features of Arusha will begin somewhere around the Clock Tower, on foot, with one of our guides and will usually begin walking northwards in an anti-clockwise direction, taking in such sites at the Natural History Museum, various monuments celebrating independence, the local market, and some craft shops. A town tour typically takes some 2-3 hours and covers around 4 km.

Tours are completed on foot with one of our guides. The cost is USD 20 per person with climbers buying their own food and drinks along the route, as required. Tips to the guide on this town tour are entirely at the climber's discretion but tend to be around USD 10 per climber for smaller groups, and USD 5 per climber for larger groups. For climbers staying at hotels out of town, an additional vehicle transfer cost is payable.

Those staying at hotels close to town can either do the whole tour on foot (around 13km of walking), or can enjoy vehicle support (USD 26 per car) to transfer them from place to place along the route. Here's a map of a typical Town Tour route πŸ‘‡

A nice way to end a town tour is to do a Coffee Plantation Tour at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Their Bean to Cup tour costs USD 35 per person.

Help with Buying Tanzanite in Arusha

As Tanzanite is incredibly rare, beautiful, and continues to increase in value, we are often asked for assistance with finding quality stones from trustworthy sellers. For those wanting to buy Tanzanite in Arusha, we are very happy to introduce you to reliable sellers and accompany you during the sale. A Tanzanite purchase can be done on its own free of charge (though we request that you tip your accompanying guide and cover any transport costs if you choose note to walk from your hotel), or it can be combined with an Arusha Town Tour for no additional charge.

Tanzanite Experience

Hot Springs

This is probably the best place to swim. Emanating from within the earth, the geo-thermally warmed water is constantly renewed and is therefore very fresh and clear and clean. It’s a very pleasant place to spend a couple of hours with family, or to relax before or after a climb.

Hot Springs

The distance from Arusha to the hot springs is 69 km and the journey normally takes around 1 hour 45, so one should allow 5-6 hours for this excursion.

No. of participants  Price per person 
Solo participant $190
2 participants $115
3 participants $90
4 or more participants $85

Faraja Orphanage, Arusha

The work this orphanage does is incredibly valuable. We recently learned of one child who was found abandoned on a rubbish dump by local people that knew of the orphanage. Still today nobody knows who her parents are and yet she is now so happy and well cared for! One of our climbers came to meet this little 6 year old girl and spent two days with her and now sponsors her school career with quarterly payments of USD 250.

Faraja Orphanage

For those burdened to do so there is opportunity to make a tremendous difference in the lives of these little ones, and many clients leave this place in tears, more moved than they ever thought possible, and with a strong desire to one day return.

Around 2-3 hours should be allowed for the trip. The costs cover our staff fees and vehicle support. Most climbers choose to donate a small gift to the orphanage in addition to this, but are not obliged to do so. The orphanage is very much encouraged by visitors simply being willing to spread the word and encourage others to visit.

No. of participants  Price per person 
Solo participant $45
2 or more participants $35
3 participants $25
4 or more participants $20

Lake Duluti

Two options are possible on this excursion: either one may walk around the lake or canoe across it. Depending on which hotel we start from, the drive is around 15-20 minutes to reach the lake. The walk around the lake covers some 3.5 km, however, we normally have a picnic along the way and may stop regularly if we encounter birds, monkeys or monitor lizards.

Lake Duluti

Costs for the lakeside walk include the government conservation fee walk. Please note that use of canoes is extra, with hire fees being payable direct to the local government office.

No. of participants  Price per person 
Solo participant $120
2 participants $90
3 participants $85
4 or more participants $80

Maasai Crater

This is a dramatic topographical feature with steep falls that fall away into a lush green crater. The attraction of this walk is threefold: the exercise, the awesome views, and the opportunity to meet authentic Maasai villagers. If walking around the crater rim, we cover around 4.2 km, however, climbers will often want to descend to the crater floor, which may add another 3 km or thereabouts. Bear in mind that if descending to the crater floor, the return to the rim requires an ascent of 257 metres, which will normally take somewhere between 30-50 minutes and is quite strenuous, dusty and exposed to direct sunlight with virtually no shade.

Maasai Crater

The costs include transport, lunch, local entrance fees and a small gift to Moita village.

No. of participants  Price per person 
Solo participant $135
2 participants $90
3 participants $85
4 participants $80
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March 2021

Images are of the properties visited and do not necessarily reflect the rooms to be allocated.

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As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce. 

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Arusha Cycling Club
Wednesday, January 20th 2021

Arusha Pedal Series club aims to organise a group ride three times a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Saturdays. All keen cyclists are welcome to join.

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Friday, January 1st 2021

We read widely divergent estimates of deaths on Kilimanjaro, but how dangerous is it really? In this post we share our own experience of the dangers.

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Dealing with COVID in 2021
Thursday, December 3rd 2020

First of all - you can definitely still climb Kilimanjaro during COVID-19! There is absolutely no impediment within Tanzania. Issues only potentially arise with your own country's rules.

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How to Get a PCR Test in Zanzibar
Thursday, December 3rd 2020

While it is absolutely in Team Kilimanjaro’s interests to encourage clients to visit Tanzania and use our Kilimanjaro and safari services, and we would therefore very much like to be able to advise that the Ministry of Health is competent to assist visitors with PCR testing, and to supply valid results within the requisite timescales, sadly, having already assisted many clients with testing and witnessed the procedures employed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, and received a great deal of feedback from tourists who are not our clients, we greatly regret that we are bound to disclose that the following are our findings:

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How to Get a PCR Test in Arusha
Wednesday, November 4th 2020

This following information is provided to reassure prospective climbers that there is a straightforward way to enjoy the incredible tourism and adventurous opportunities that Tanzania offers, while ensuring that returning home afterwards is stress-free.

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Friday, July 3rd 2020

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Wednesday, February 19th 2020

I think the question of how much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro is a little like asking, how much it costs to buy 'a car'! Apart from the obvious question of how many people you want the car to carry and whether you want it to have offroad capability, there are more subtle considerations.

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Kilimanjaro has been climbed from the park gates to the summit in a little over just 5 hours, and yet the Royal Geographical Society suggests that trekkers should not spend less than 10 days reaching the summit? So, how long does it usually take and what is safe?

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While we've assisted people in their 70s, a 5 year old, amputees, and quadriplegics to the summit, and while in theory, pretty much everyone could climb Kilimanjaro, nonetheless, many people have told us that climbing Kilimajaro is the hardest thing they've ever done in their lives - and some of these people have been professional athletes (rugby players).

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This area of the site aims to stay up to date with developments in Tanzania and on Kilimanjaro, and to respond to queries that arise that the main area of the Team Kilimanjaro website doesn't adequately satisfy.

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