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Top Safaris from Arusha Tanzania

When one plans of going to Tanzania, it is most likely that the city of Arusha will appear in at least one or two of the search pages. Why? Arusha is the main hub for top safari parks especially in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. This includes Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro Crater. Additionally, Arusha holds domestic and international airports and public transportation hubs that connect to other major cities on the continent. In this article, we will cover the most renowned safaris from Arusha Tanzania and information on how to get here, what you need to get here, etc.


Being the major safari gateway in northern Tanzania, a lot of safari parks starts from Arusha. The top ones are:


Giraffes in Arusha NP

Since Arusha National Park is along the way to other northern safari circuit parks, many tourists make a stopover to this park for a day tour, either on the start or towards the end of their African trip. It is the most accessible wildlife park from Arusha and it offers walking safaris and canoe trips on top of the usual game drives. Giraffes, elephants, hippos, zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests are among the very common sightings in this park. It is also where you can find Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain which offers the most ideal introductory trek for beginner climbers.

Best time to go: June to October

Highlight/s: Mount Meru, proximity to Arusha


Leopards in Tarangire NP

Home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population, Tarangire National Park is another famous wildlife sanctuary. It also holds the highest number of birds in Tanzania as well as four of the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo. Often skipped by many because it is “off-the-path”, the park offers a slightly more untouched landscape compared to other popular northern safari parks.

Best time to go: June to October

Highlight/s: Large elephant population and elephant mud baths


Flamingos in Lake Manyara NP

The park is widely renowned for its wealth of lesser and greater flamingoes by its soda lake, its tree-climbing lions and huge elephant population. But do you know that Lake Manyara National Park also has a lush forest that gave inspiration to the popular Disney classic film, Tarzan? It is where you can find a lot of baboons and also other wildlife including buffaloes and giraffes.

Best time to go: June to September

Highlight/s: Massive flamingo display and tree-climbing lions


Great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti NP

Perhaps the most popular and most photographed wildlife sanctuary in the world is Serengeti National Park. Its name causes echoes, drumrolls and chills down the spine because of its unparalleled wildlife splendor – from the endless golden savannas to the magnanimous wildlife concentration and diversity including plenty of sightings of the Big Five to the world-famous Great Wildebeest Migration. It is a prime cheetah country that holds the most population of predators in the world. In fact, predator-prey interactions are common here all year round.

Best time to go: June to October and December to early March

Highlight/s: Great Migration, Big Five, “Real Africa” scenery


Game drives in the Ngorongoro NP

The main highlight of Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater which is known as the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. The caldera is home to the Big Five and is one of the best places to see endangered black rhinos. Aside from its sheer wildlife density, Ngorongoro offers a scenic view perfect for picnic lunches in the wild. It is also just by Serengeti National Park and an area of it is, in fact, one of the settings for the action-packed calving season during the Great Migration.

Best time to go: June to September and November to March

Highlight/s: Ngorongoro Crater, Black rhinos


A camp in the Mt Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It stands 5895 meters (19,340 ft)  tall and is famous for its majestic snow-capped feature which remains like that all throughout the year.
Although basically not a safari, this is one attraction that is usually a highlight to any African trip. Being a world-renowned mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro continues to draw a huge amount of visitors every year. So for adventurous visitors who want to experience Kilimanjaro, trekking the mountain is possible! It offers several different routes, each with different levels of difficulty, number of climbing days, acclimatization rates, etc. You can easily book treks with a tour operator.

Best time to go: January to March and June to October, but January to March is a colder season so there is more chances of encountering snow on the summit

Highlight/s: Glacier summit, unforgettable treks


Arusha is approximately 12 hours from Dar es Salaam, 6 hours from Nairobi, Kenya and approximately 17 hours from Kampala, Uganda. Its airports also offer flights to Zanzibar for a popular beach getaway. Flight time is usually **** on average.
The main gateway to Arusha is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). It provides domestic and international flights and visitors can easily take a light aircraft to an airstrip in the safari park they’re visiting or a vehicle to drive to the park (these are usually arranged by a tour operator).
The two airports that serve Arusha are as follows:

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is only 60 kilometres away from the city center (about 80 minutes on the road or 20 minutes to Arusha Airport), holds regular flights to and from different hubs in the world. Direct flights include Amsterdam via KLM, Doha via Qatar Airways and also Addis Ababa, Zanzibar, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam.
  • Arusha Airport which is a domestic hub that accommodates flights to and from Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam

For a cheaper way to Arusha, some tourists prefer to skip the direct route and fly into either Nairobi in Kenya or to Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, and then take a connecting flight to either Kilimanjaro or Arusha.


As part of Tanzania, the requirements for entry to Arusha are in line with the Tanzania entry requirements. These are:

  • a valid visa or e-visa printout
  • a passport which is valid for not less than six months and with at least 2 empty pages upon arrival.

There are 3 types of Visas available for tourists:

  • Regular Visa: Single-entry visa that is valid for three (3) months only. Visa fee: $50
  • Transit Visa: Short-time visas granted to travelers who will visit Tanzania for only a short time or are stopping over at Tanzania on their way to other countries/destination. Validity for this type of visa is 14 days. Visa fee: $30
  • Multiple-Entry Visa: Visa issued for visitors who wish to visit frequently for leisure and holiday purposes. This may be issued for a period of 3, 6 or 12 months wherein the visa holder may be allowed to enter and re-enter the country provided that a single stay of the holder must not exceed 3 months. Visa fee: $100


  • Visit the Clock Tower Circle. There have been whispers that the clock tower is the center of Africa, the central point between Cape Town and Cairo. Although it is merely a tale, it provides an interesting story and the tower is also a good meeting point for both tourists and locals.
  • Explore museums and galleries that showcase the people and their art as well as the rich culture and history of the city.
  • Wander around the Cultural Heritage Centre, Old Boma Museum and try your bargaining skills at Central and Kilombero Market.
  • Visit Meserani Snake Park. It holds 50 species of eastern and southern African snakes and it also has a Masai Cultural Museum and a curio market.
  • Eat, drink and party the African way. Arusha has a string of restaurants that you can try plus it also has some bars and clubs.


Arusha is indeed not just a small, bustling town where travelers start their safari. It is also a charming part of Tanzania which offers plenty of things to do and see. It has a certain charm that can enamor visitors. It also has a party scene, African style – probably a good contrast to the wildlife safaris you are about to do or already did. So make some time to explore the city and not just treat it as a safari hub. It’s going to be worth it.



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August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
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Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
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August 6, 2023
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Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
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August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
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August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
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August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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