The high-altitude city of Arusha serves as the gateway to Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Shadowed by the hulking mass of Mount Meru, the city enjoys cooler climes thanks to its 1,300 metre elevation and is planted among rolling hills dotted with flower farms and coffee plantations. A drive through this flourishing landscape will grant you views of villagers stooped in the fields and oxen ploughing the earth. Above it all, Meru’s active volcanic cone looms, the centrepiece of Arusha’s often-overlooked national park. Here, you can visit glittering lakes, take camel safaris and bathe in waterfalls.
From Arusha, adventures await on the northern circuit, which takes you to the alkaline shores of Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park and the fabled Serengeti. Before you flee, Arusha city itself has some treasures to unearth, with curio shops that burst with wooden carvings and a central market where Maasai locals clad in traditional scarlet robes sell their intricate beadwork alongside stalls heaving with nuts, spices and exotic fruit. Home to over a hundred nationalities, the city is a fascinating cultural hodgepodge, complete with a white-trim stone clocktower that stands as a reminder of Arusha’s British colonial roots.
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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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