After our adventures through Zambia, we flew from Lusaka to Kilimanjaro via Dar es Saalam and stopped in Arusha for a couple of nights.
Arusha is one of Tanzania’s larger cities and many would describe it as a typical sub-Saharan African town. It’s a dusty, sprawling, mish-mashed place made up of make-shift street stalls and higgledy piggledy tin roof buildings. The mist-cloaked Mt Meru makes for a captivating backdrop and the air is filled with the sound of honking horns, street vendors and the melodic call to prayer.
Locals walk with armfuls of chickens in their arms, street vendors lay out second-hand shoes on street corners and Maasai tribesmen cloaked in their red checked shukas gather for a chat on street corners.
It’s a popular place for safari travellers to stop for a night and we were staying here ahead of our trips to Ngorongoro and the edge of the Tarangire. Go with a sense of adventure and like us, you’ll hopefully find Arusha to be a fascinating place to explore.
At the heart of Arusha you will find Central Market. You can take a guided tour through here, or you can just walk through yourself. Being a ‘mzungu’ (foreigner) you are almost guaranteed to get approached at every corner – locals will offer to be your guide and they will want you to buy their wares. So be polite yet firm, take a small amount of cash and be selective about what you buy. It’s a good place to pick up souvenirs, Maasai blankets and Swahili beads, as well as lots of fruit and spices.
Central Market, Arusha: in pictures
Have you been to Arusha or do you have any tips for visiting? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Until next time x