The small town of Arusha is an hour from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and is the stepping stone into the Tanzanian Northern Circuit from which most safaris begin. Arusha has its own regional airport that flies directly to popular destinations like the Serengeti and Zanzibar. It is a quaint little town, but there’s little more than a few museums and galleries in terms of local activities, which is why we wouldn’t recommend it for more than a night. However, visits to Arusha National Park or the Jifundishe community library are great ways to spend an afternoon if you have time to spare.

Even though Moshi is more conveniently located to Mt Kilimanjaro’s base, we prefer (and highly recommend!) a night of recuperation in Arusha for Kili climbers.

Our favorite properties in Arusha include Arusha Coffee Lodge, Legendary Lodge, Lake Duluti Lodge, and Onsea House.

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